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Internet Radio and the Future of Traditional Radio

Listening to your favorite song, band, or solo artist just got easier due to the internet. You can download your favorite picks from music sites and radio programming online. Does having this easy accessibility effect the time you spend listening to traditional radio? Do you spend more time listening to a traditional radio or an online radio station? That is the cause of concern for traditional radio stations. However, an article by Central Michigan Life claims that traditional radio’s future won’t be affected.

A lot of people balance their time between listening to the radio online and traditionally. While at home or at work it can be easier and more convenient to listen to a radio program online. The advantage of listening online is that you won’t have to battle with any type of bad reception to find a station you like. Some people find that listening to music at work makes them more productive, and most online stations have few or no commercials which won’t be a distraction. Traditional radio is mostly listened to while driving in your car. Traditional radio is beneficial for local information such as weather updates, traffic reports, and local events such as fundraisers or fairs. People also like to hear and connect with local radio personalities and events they sponsor. According to “Radio’s future doesn’t look too different” article, the local advantages of traditional radio will keep it alive and on the air.

Online radio doesn’t pose a threat to traditional radio or the success of an artist’s musical career. The internet is fueling the success of music because it can be listened to at any time of the day and anywhere in the world. Bands from across the globe can be heard by someone in small American town that has access to the internet. Music can reach a bigger audience online rather than traditional radio can. You can also e-mail a link to a song to friends and family which will bring more attention to the band’s music you want to share. Sharing music online is fun and easy. If you hear a song on a traditional radio, there is no way to share the song with other people through the radio. The internet or an online music station is the only way to share the song instantly.

Both online radio and traditional radio will continue to thrive. There are advantages to both mediums and bands can benefit from both. Listening to traditional radio is great for local updates and community involvement, and online radio is beneficial for listening to a wide range of music from all over the world with few interruptions.

*Original Article “Radio’s future doesn’t look too different” http://www.cm-life.com/2009/08/28/radios-future-doesnt-look-too-different/

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Advntages of Listening to Internet Radio

People listen to radio for a variety of different reasons; to hear their favorite talk show, sports games, or music. The radio was invented over one hundred years ago, and people still listen to them today proving it to be one of the greatest inventions in time.

Listening to a radio can be difficult at times because there may be bad reception and it can take a while to tune to the right station you want. Listening to internet radio has many advantages over a traditional radio, and finding your favorite station is just a click away. Once you find a radio program that interests you, you just click on the link and the website broadcasts onto your computer. Finding a talk show, sports game, or your favorite music is easily accessible from the internet.

The best aspect of listening to music online is the cost. It can be free or of little cost. If you want to listen online all you need is a computer or laptop, an internet connection, speakers, and a media player. Some online stations don’t require a media player so you won’t have an additional cost of purchasing software. Some online stations charge a monthly fee which usually cost around $10 to $20 a month, but there are plenty of stations that are free of charge.

Another advantage of listening to radio stations online is the wide variety of programming. Unlike a traditional radio where there has to be good reception for tuning, you can listen to stations from across the globe. You can listen to stations from different countries and hear music and talk shows from other cultures. This is great for people who have relocated to another country for work, family, or military duty and want to listen to music or a show that will remind them of home. There are stations available with every type of music ranging from folk, hip-hop, rock, alternative, and jazz, just to name a few. There are thousands of radio stations to choose from online unlike traditional radio where you can only choose from AM and FM stations that are in your area of reception. Traditional radios are also limiting with music choices and most stations only play country, rap, rock, pop, and oldies. Local sports broadcasts are only offered on traditional radio, but with internet radio you can find sports broadcasts from around the world.

There are many advantages with tuning in online such as cost, accessibility, and variety.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Radio Hits from the 80s

The 80s had everything; big hair, colorful clothes, iconic artists, and last but not least great music. The decade was filled with unforgettable music hits from big hair bands, metal bands, R&B, hip hop, and pop artists. The music artists from the 80s made a lasting impression and still inspire radio hits twenty years later. Who could forget the sounds of Madonna, Blondie, The Commodores, Billy Joel, or Kool and the Gang? Billboard magazine produced a top 40 chart list from the 80s that can be found online at eighty-eightynine’s website which is where I comprised my list of memorable 80s radio hits.

Blondie, founded by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, is the perfect band to represent both the style and sounds of the 80s. They had a unique fashion sense and their song, Call Me, made the list of top hits in 1980. They heavily influenced the new wave punk scene and dressed in the most fashionable clothes. Blondie’s cool hair styles made a fashion statement all on their own. Their music was mixed with sounds of reggae, disco and pop. In 1981, Dolly Parton released a song that that continues to be sung today in commercials, movies, and even our own homes, 9 to 5. She wrote the song for the film Nine to Five in which she also played a small role. The song became somewhat of a theme song for working people in the 80s. It most likely made the list of top hits because it won a Grammy award. Dolly Parton is one of the most successful female artists in the world. Another radio hit that didn’t fizzle out in 1982 was, Eye of the Tiger. The song is found in a lot of movie soundtracks and is most notably recognized for being played in the movie Rocky III with Sylvester Stallone. He requested the band Survivor to produce the song specifically for the movie.

In the mid 1980s, Madonna could always be found on the top 40 chart lists. She came out with hits such as; Borderline, Like a Virgin, and Crazy for You. These hits all helped to fuel her long lasting career and she still records hits today. Her edgy and daring personality and personal style made her an iconic figure. The end of the decade was popular for the band Milli Vanilli and they produced hits Girl You Know Its True, Girl I’m Gonna Miss You, Blame It on the Rain and, Baby Don’t Forget My Number. They were one of the most popular acts and their songs were played frequently on radio stations. The songs were award winning, until it was revealed that the singers’ vocals weren’t their own. Their music still topped the late 80s music charts.

Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

History of Radio

Many of us take the radio for granted. But the concept of being able to listen to music over the radio has only been a phenomenon of this century. And radio on the Internet even newer.

The radio itself and its technology came about due to the contribution of numerous people and their inventions over the years. There are varying disputed claims about who invented radio, which in the beginning was called “wireless telegraphy”. Names like Marconi, Tesla, and more come to mind when one thinks of this phenomena. Marconi first equipped ships with lifesaving wireless communications and established the first transatlantic radio service while Tesla developed means to reliably produce radio frequency electrical currents, publicly demonstrated the principles of radio, and transmitted long distance signals. page go History of Radio Continue reading History of Radio »

Alternative Rock and Its Beginnings

When music isn’t pop, rock, country, folk or classical, what is it? It could actually have many names but most refer to it as “alternative”. So how did this name come about?

There are many theories or ideas about how “alternative” became a term used so commonly today. Some say it stemmed from the DJs and promoters of the 1980s who were playing music beyond the top 40 rock radio formats. With freedom of song selection, new bands began making a presence and becoming more requested. From here, college radio grabbed on to the sound, dubbing the music with terms such as new post-punk, indie, or underground music. The use of the term “alternative” gained further exposure due to the success of Lollapalooza, where festival founder and Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell coined the term “Alternative Nation.”

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Classic Rock – What is It?

For most generations, the term ‘classic rock’ is familiar. But there was a time when the word ‘rock-n-roll’ music wasn’t in America’s vocabulary and certainly not classic rock.

The term classic rock came about due to the radio stations and their programmers who designed a large playlist of songs ranging from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Taking these songs, these programmers would also then integrate a number of current releases and thus call it ‘classic rock’.

The idea came about back when The Beatles groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, came out, which created a love for all of the tracks on the record rather than just one song. The AM and FM station programmers realized that they could play more than top singles and still keep their audiences attention. They could also mix up hits and non-hits to keep their listeners intrigued. page go Classic Rock   What is It? Continue reading Classic Rock – What is It? »

 
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    Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.

    For more information please visit 977music.com.
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