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Let’s Talk: Do you listen to the radio anymore?

As our attention spans falter, and our music preferences irate, we’re finding new ways to divulge into our music via streaming services and sheer ease of access.

It seems that the radio’s playthrough preferences and inane adverts are being cut out of our music listening as we crave for the instant.

Now, whether we listen more to radio in the car, or in businesses where we have no choice, radio has and is a crucial part of the music industry and how we consume music – radio is a fantastic way of sharing with the creative communities and represents our love for music in a concept that is enjoyable and delectably consumable.

Despite everything, radio is a service we can’t really get with any other music consumption platform and is unique. Not just to its audience, but to its artists the stations play.

Whatever side you’re on, let me know! Radio or Radi-NO?

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8 replies on “Let’s Talk: Do you listen to the radio anymore?”

Yeah me too! In some ways, I’m my own disc jockey as I decide the tunes and I decide the playlists. I think I use the radio when it’s either the convenient way of listening or when my partner and I can’t decide on what music to play!

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I like local community radio sometimes, it feels intimate and local, but hate commercial radio with all the ads and crappy music! Haven’t enjoyed Spotify that much so far, it hasn’t led me to any great new music yet so not sure what I’m doing wrong, YouTube always delivers better music for me. Hope you are going well 🤗💚

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Ah yeah that’s true. YouTube is certainly one of those hidden contenders for new music. I use my release radar a lot and daily mixes so that’s possibly why I’m being recommended new artists similar to my music styles now. Yeah I do love local radio, too! Far more wholesome and down to earth for sure. And they often discuss topics that relate directly to you, too!

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I live in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs) in Southern California, which is a relatively small market of approx. 400,000 people. A large percentage of the population is either over 40 and/or Latino, so the radio skews toward easy listening, soft rock, classic rock (meaning the same rotation of 100 rock songs from the 70s, 80s & 90s) or Spanish-language. We’re out of range for any Los Angeles stations, more than 100 miles away. Consequently, if I do listen to radio, it’s either our public radio station or our alt-rock station, which plays fairly decent songs.

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Ah yeah that’s true. You’ve got a quite nice set up there in terms of radio opportunity. I always love some little insight into radio availability in associating communities. I’d love to visit California one day. Lush landscapes for sure

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Pre-Covid, I would listen to talk radio occasionally. I looked for the road conditions/traffic report too. One of my cars has Sirius. When I drive it, I find myself going back and forth between seven stations. I enjoy Sirius, but the songs don’t seem to change much anymore. Our FM stations aren’t that good. They’re so full of ads. A typical half hour would feature four or five songs. That’s it. It’s annoying.

Most of the time, I’m driving the second car. In there, I have a usb stick containing whatever new CDs I’ve ripped at the time. There was a time when it was the only way I could get some alone time with some music.

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Yeah, one of the many things that put me off radio was the sheer number of adverts that would be the same 10 that split the songs up and make it nothing more than an infomercial to pay the bills. I would only ever listen to the radio now if I was set to listen to a bands’ interview, taking public transport or whenever I end up in SOMEONE else’s car – who simply doesn’t pay for Spotify Premium. It’s such a shame now as I used to listen to BBC Radio 1 for many many hours, as I was an avid listener of anything chart music when I was a child. Horror show I know, but it’s moulded my music tastes into what I like today.

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