If you are bored with the same 200 songs in the current classic rock/oldies/country playlists, tired of talk radio hosts that have dug themselves into a rut, or tired of 13 minute commercial stop sets, the answer may be personal playlists and downloaded podcasts. Millions of people are either building a playlist on their mp3 player or downloading podcasts to listen to at a more convenient time. Radio doesn’t do it for them any longer. They see the writing on the wall. The radio apocalypse is at hand.
Doctors recommend you begin with apps such as iHeart or Entercom (radio.com) before you go through complete radio withdrawal. You certainly can’t quit cold turkey. My personal favorite is radio.com, the Entercom platform. This type of app will be the future of TV. There may be dozens of those competing for the audience and there will be subscriptions, similar to cable tv or to the upgrades offered by Hulu etc.
If you are adept at using audio editing software and stream recorders, you can quickly build a huge playlist with an iHeart music subscription. Those songs can be transferred to a stand-alone hard drive and your mp3 player. (I don’t condone or recommend you do what might be considered ‘pirating music’, just saying it is something that could be done). Take stream recorders and audio editing software away from people and only criminals will have stream recorders and audio editing software, as the saying goes.
Most major market stations, networks, and various celebrities provide content in podcast form. My favorites: AJ Benza, Fame is a Bitch; Tim Conway Jr/KFI; Ron & Don/KIRO; Dori Monson/KIRO; Adam Carolla; Marc Maron’s WTF podcast; Kevin Pollock’s Chat Show and a few others, including a couple old time radio collections.
These podcasts, a stack of VHS tapes/DVDs and something to play them on, will get you through the ‘end times’. Perhaps radio will survive in some form. Possibly only a handful of stations in each major market, and these will have to stream online to stay alive.
In the final days, transmitters will be shut off, towers will be taken down and the AM band will be given over to cellular telephone carriers. there will be looting as scavengers hope to take away small treasures left behind at abandoned facilities. Those who have saved airchecks from the halcyon days of radio will be able to trade copies of this audio for items such as station promotional goods, t-shirts, and bumper stickers.
Start preparing now. Every home should have a supply of radio merch that can be traded. If you think this is science fiction, look around you. There are zombies among us who still request the same songs that play each day on the radio, Brown-Eyed Girl, Hey Jude, Another One Bites The Dust. Now, are you convinced? They have already formed clans, led by what are called, consultants and programmers. Lock your doors and start downloading now.
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