A friend of mine from Brussels asked me an interesting question recently. She was wondering what I thought was the future of radio. I’d never really considered such a question before. It would be easy to lump radio into the same dieing media categories like newspapers, magazines and possibly local tv news. And on one level most radio stations are owned by a media conglomerates already. But there was something interesting when I started to group some of the audio ways I listen to music and news.
http://hypem.com is a great example of curated aggregation. They Pull in music from blogs and sort it by artist and song.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wkcr/ is a niche station that is celebrating Benny Goodman’s centenary birth by playing 600 hrs of him straight at the moment.
http://ckua.org/ It’s a hybrid station that appeal to both local and world music fans with a focus on quality artists that might not be picked up by traditional stations.
http://www.npr.org/ is a station we all know about. I’m still p.o. that they canceled the Bryant Park Project, but as a media entity they have as much potential as anyone else out there at this point.
As I was writing these connections up on my whiteboard, I realized that I needed to make space for the internet. But then I realized I listen to all of these different channels online to begin with. As obvious as that sounds it’s noteworthy because each of those four stations aren’t trying to be all things to all people. So as there is the potential to do anything, there’s still focus to strengths that each carry online.
I should also mention http://www.cbc.ca/ and http://www.bbc.co.uk/ too—however they do have a large segment of tv which the other four examples don’t have and to some degree are trying to be all things to all people…