Will Radio die?

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Will Radio die?

Post by thewoodstarr » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:55 am

It has to be said, with the current trends, will FM radio be put to bed? I am aware that most operators are now mostly in their 40`s, branded as Criminals, but still supplying a need to the community, but it is a dwindling ordinance, Kids use other platforms, is it just us old die hard buggers?
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Re: Will Radio die?

Post by yellowbeard » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:09 am

I don't think it's just the kids. I have a couple of nice, expensive shortwave radios and a tuner amp with 8 speakers within reach - but the only time I listen to the radio is when I am in the car. Even then half the time I turn it off because of the crappy pop music and the bland deejays with a ball of snot stuck in their throats. I am in Dublin - its 20 copies of the one commercial station format here and they have killed radio off with their dread fear you are going to touch that dial and miss their sofa adverts. The few pirates are mostly kids acting the bollocks in their bedrooms, so there is nothing for a greasy old rocker like me. That's my thoughts.

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Re: Will Radio die?

Post by Globular_Cluster » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:38 am

The FM band has already been phased out in Norway, I think it is just a matter of time.

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Re: Will Radio die?

Post by McDonalds » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:51 am

No there are quite a few older people even I know that have no tuner in their set ups no more.
I broadcast just music on my station but only think about 5 people know about it.

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Re: Will Radio die?

Post by Matt » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:17 pm

We've been discussing this over on the UK Radio bit of this forum:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2135

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Re: Will Radio die?

Post by bristolpirates » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:05 am

Globular_Cluster wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:38 am
The FM band has already been phased out in Norway, I think it is just a matter of time.
Not entirely. There are some community stations still on FM. Aalesund has two.

That seems to be the plan for the UK too.

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Re: Will Radio die?

Post by Albert H » Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:47 am

I have many Kilowatts ready on 89.1MHz for the day that the BBC vacate the frequency!
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Re: Will Radio die?

Post by thewoodstarr » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:33 am

Globular_Cluster wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:38 am
The FM band has already been phased out in Norway, I think it is just a matter of time.
Really, thing is DAB doesn't really work here, I was going to say, to Hilly, but as Norway is one of the most mountainous in Europe, so that argument doesn't stand up. DAB just hasn't taken off here. The BBC, I heard wanted to pull out of it altogether. DAB is not the answer. We will have to be connected to the web, just to listen to the radio in our lifetime.
It's coming! :( Hopefully not in my lifetime.

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