Albert H wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:43 pm
radionortheast wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:26 am
I feel alot of people here have accepted defeat
They have. When you have the brain-dead idiots stealing rigs off blocks, the BBC still spreading their national outlets across half the band, and OFCOM licencing every little remaining hole in the Band, FM is turning into the proverbial dead duck!
You're right - it's easy to fire up a couple of Watts into an aerial on your rooftop and play radio to a half dozen of your mates in the neighbourhood, but that's not real radio.
Radio is being rapidly destroyed by boring corporate stations (Global and Bauer stations are largely a waste of bandwidth) and by a complacent BBC peopled by politically correct lefty clowns with nothing coherent to say. Radio has largely become something to have on in the background while you're doing the hoovering!
Depressing, isn't it?
Used to be I'd scan through the band while pootling up the M5/M6 past Bristol or Brum but most of the time there was nothing there or what there was had crap audio/signal. Now I mainly hook the phone up to the car, play any random selection of the zillion tracks on it or if the data signal is good enough tune in one of the internet stations. At work or home it's a net station. Unfortunately listening 48m Sunday mornings have gone by the board with the demands of the other stuff I do.
As for the BBC, every station sounds just like the other, not surprising as the whole lot is run from a couple of servers in Brum and somewhere else with the various outlets just adding the voices!
The question is, what do people want from radio? Local news? Travel? (about the only thing I listen to local radio for) Granny's jam recipe? If I want music I've thousands of stations on t'interwebs with every style you can think of. Background hoovering music? yeah there's a station for that
What's your audience? Kids? Most are glued to their phones so more likely to be listening to a net station even if they can be assed to plug in their headphones to use the fm radio function.
Yes, it's depressing. Back in the 80s we were all shouting that we wanted more choice in radio. Well, we've got it, just not the way we thought.