Keep It Together

The radio industry is facing a new challenge of battling with the electronic world of cellphone and desktop apps. We all know what they are and we have used them. The days of disc jockeys battling for ratings have almost been replaced with how many users can download an interface to their phone, allowing them to tune in to their favorite stations. Recently developed applications have allowed users to become more familiar to the radio, away from the traditional sense of frequency, but rather on a computer. On top of that some have moved to merge the two markets without loss of the other.

Mark Ramsey recently sat down with Bill Freund in an interview to discuss the new app he has designed known as Clip Interactive. With the use of regular frequency radio, Clip interactive will allow the users to pause live radio, record segments of their favorite songs, and even identify songs like in the popular app Shazam.  The app is only launching through five markets at the moment, but plans to launch a nationwide reveal.  While continuing on the front of internet radio, Freund intends Clip Interactive to become more connected with frequency radio, as opposed to just solely internet.

In an article written by Jason Gilbert, he discusses the fundamental roots of why internet radio will surpass frequency radio soon. Gilbert argues that Site like Pandora, ITunes, and Spotify will ultimately put frequency radio out of business. He also feels as if that frequency radio will die off soon, and is almost certain about it. Suggesting a few ways in which this new internet radio era could define us, Gilbert also describes this as a revolutionary change in the life of radio, and music.

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Saving the Radio

In the ever changing world of broadcast, the routine of trends coming and going are that of procedure to journalists and broadcasters alike. Recently, XM radio and FM frequencies rule the world of radio, cutting AM frequencies out of the loop. Many feel that it is outdated, and the quality is too low for any sort of listener appreciation. On top of that, it is becoming a financial burden on any of those who have investments in these frequencies. I feel as if it should stay because it is still very useful for sports coverage, political coverage, and local coverage, and I don’t thinks it in any danger. Others such as Trent Wolbe would disagree with my thoughts, and say that it is definitely coming to an end. You be the judge on whether not AM radio should or will end.

 

 

Annotated Blog Role

http://wavestreaming.com/

                Wave Streaming is a site that is used by Amateur radio or disc jockeys that teaches them how to build, design, and launch their very own personal radio stations. Although the site only covers the buildings of an internet radio station, it is still very helpful in explaining how to make it in the industry of broadcast. Wave Stream also offers one on one help to anybody willing to learn the mastered secrets of making a successful radio station. Since it began in 2004, Wave Stream has added a monthly blog that introduces users to new stations made by current users of Wave Stream, and explains concepts and building blocks to making each station successful.

http://www.markramseymedia.com/blog/

                Mark Ramsey is a known media strategist that has worked and preformed research on multiple fronts, including radio. He is a professional speaker and has written two books involving radio titled Making Waves: Radio on the Verge and Fresh Air: Marketing Gurus on Radio. Ramsey writes a blog that he stays active with, writing posts every two or three days. In a recent post Ramsey focused on the wonder of radio, and how stories and messages are always in the now. Movies have special effects and visually pleasing aesthetics, while radio only has the power of tone and word usage. His blog digs deep into the unnoticed realms of media. Very researched focused, his blogs define the fundamental roots of how we, as users, see and use radio on the frequency and the internet front. Ramsey has consulted for multiple companies including Apple, Pandora, CBS, Sirius XM, and my personal favorite Clear Channel.  

 

http://www.bradblog.com/

                The Brad Blog is a blog written Bradly Louis Friedman. Friedman is a software programmer, blogger, journalist, actor, and radio broadcaster. Friedman currently has a show off KPFK 90.7FM based out of Los Angles, and a long time guest host of the Mike Malloy show (an ex CNN writer and reporter). Friedman uses his broadcast abilities to a different standard; majorly discussing on the topics of politics, Friedman uses his voice to object against investigations, and other various federal and state level scandals that occur. His views are highly opinionated, but his stance in dedication to the work and research he performs are phenomenal. Friedman’s blog is a shining example of how radio is being stretched revolutionize out culture as we know it.

http://www.npr.org/about-npr/198341814/npr-blog-directory

                NPR, or National Public Radio, is broadcast syndicate that serves many local radio stations across the United States. Privately funded, NPR is a nonprofit company that continues to serve and explore the realms of what is possible on public radio. Over the years NPR has been subject to public scrutiny; in 1994, NPR tried to cover three minute segments of a journalist who allegedly killed a police officer in a trial that was never fully disputed. The U.S. Congress intervened and prevented such a thing from happening, but in this act congress proved that NPR has a powerful effect on people. The attempt by NPR to push the envelope on content in broadcast deems them a viable and trustworthy source.

 

 

 

http://blog.pandora.com/

                Launched in 2000, Pandora is the leading provider in free internet radio. Pandora does not stream the traditional stations that we all know today. Pandora takes a song or artist that the user chooses and creates an entire station revolved around music that is similar to the users choice. Pandora has innovated the idea of internet radio and created something entirely different. Their blog presents new ideas for the structure of Pandora, and various different artist’s profiles as well as interviews.  Pandora also makes themselves accessible through almost every platform a user could have.  Pandora serves as the pioneers for free music streaming, and continues to fight to do so. Although only available in New Zealand, America, and Australia, Pandora continues to fight for their user friendly radio stations.

Twitter Role

@theeagledallas

Russ Martin is the host of the Russ Martin show on FM 97.1 DFW. His show is aired through IheartRadio internet radio, and constantly trying to implement more media to the metropolitan station.

 

@Howard Stern

Although a tad abrasive, Howard Stern is influential for moving from FM frequency to XM radio a move that allowed his listeners to be more accessible to him.

 

@NPRnews

NPR which is owned by KERA promotes plays and strongly supports local radio, across the globe, and promotes the local community radio act.

 

@wavestreaming

Wave streaming is a startup site that helps anybody launch at home radio stations. They have very good reviews from broadcastingworld.com, and are very helpful in teaching an individual the trades of the internet broadcast world.

 

@Radioutd

The student run internet radio station that streams live from the Student Union in Richardson TX. RadioUTD continues to implement more media related subject matter into its programming.

 

@prometheusradio

A website and group that advocates and enforces the Local Community radio act which restricts larger corporations from monopolizing FM/AM frequencies.

 

@clearchannel

Clearchannel is the corporation that owns the rock and oldie stations  of DFW. Clearchannel is always growing each year, and has multiple outlets in all the broadcast aspects of DFW including internet radio.