Even though radio broadcasts are over a century old, radio has found a piggyback ride on the Internet to come back to life. Radio was, in tradition, the revitalizer of people; especially around WWII, even though in several places around the world it was illegal to own a radio, people did what they could to have a little bit of contact with the outside world. By far, radio was the worldwide hero to countless souls waiting for outsider words giving them hope. Today, Internet has played that role. It has been the lighter of spirits in the latest freedom of expression revolutions in Libya and Egypt along with other countries.
Now, for a little while, for a few years in fact, radio was a little bit left behind. During the 1990’s the indisputable king was TV. Now that people practically live surrounded by all sorts of Internet connections, well, it’s just indisputable this time around. Radio however, came back to life because of THIS king. In a magical word: Podcasts.
When people slowly had substituted their news feed with virtual feeds; when people substituted broadcast music with music downloads on their iPods and other MP3 players, radio was slowly dying. I know podcasts have been around for a decade or so. But personally, I had never paid any attention to them until recently. In fact, not even a week ago that I began following podcasts closely. To tell you the truth, they inject my working day with much more energy than my iPod with music downloads does.
Podcasts make me ponder in both the information the speakers are spreading and the job at hand. To be honest, never before did I see the wave length box to be attractive to me. In fact, I still don’t find it attractive. It’s the fact that I’m listening to it over the Internet that has made me love Radio. Let’s appreciate the combo.