Traditional radio was a major part of many lives, back in the days when there was no TV to rely on for news or entertainment. As the television became more popular, so the radio became less so.
But you probably still listen to the radio when you’re out driving or walking somewhere. Plenty of modern MP3 players have radios built in, so you’re never far away from a radio channel.
But now we’re well and truly in the internet age. It has made the world smaller and the possibilities for listening to the radio even larger. You can now listen to the radio from your computer or phone – wherever there’s an internet connection!
But will the traditional airwaves fall silent due to online radio’s dominance?
Traditional radio is here to stay, and it still has a strong audience worldwide. At the end of the day, traditional radio is still practical. Not in the big hulking sets that families used to gather around for nightly programming. But these devices can be tucked into your pocket nowadays – something you couldn’t have done when radios first entered the market decades ago.
Even though you can have live radio streaming through your internet connection it doesn’t always do you any good. After all, if you happen to be in an out of the way area that doesn’t have an internet signal, your laptop and online radio aren’t going to do you a lot of good are they? So we’re still reliant on that technology to work.
While some old style technologies may now be coming to an end (think of video recorders for instance) others are still going strong. The radio is a classic example. It has changed subtly over the years but even in the 21st century it has managed to remain an independent entity, as well as merging with it to create something new.
So while you may enjoy listening to online radio while you’re working, checking emails or updating your Facebook status, you can still enjoy radio in your car or while you are out and about, thanks to small pocket-sized radios and headphones.