Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Video Killed the Radio Star
They've been predicting the death of radio for quite some time now. I don't think it's dying, I think it's just reinventing itself through podcasts, etc.
I love the radio (Here meaning radio shows, not radio stations that play a carefully selected list of songs matching their target demographic perfectly). I love the intimacy of the radio. I have this picture in my head of a family in the 1940s all gathered around their radio waiting for the next episode of "Red Ryder" to come on and I feel a twinge of sadness that we've lost that. Or have we? My husband and I will always come home from work on Mondays and ask each other if we've listened to "This American Life" yet. Then we'll talk about the show and talk about the people on it as though they're old friends. There's something that radio does that tv just can't mimic. Maybe it's the mystery of hearing a voice and wondering what that person looks like. I make it a point to not look people up that I listen to on the radio. I prefer to imagine them, to create their character by their voice, if that makes sense. (Although I admit, I have looked up a few. Most people look nothing like they sound. Except Ira Glass from This American Life. He looks just like you think he would. Ever listened to the Diane Rehm Show on NPR? She sounds like a fragile 90-year-old in a hand-knit sweater that is going to keel over and die any second. Then you look at a picture of her and she's this put-together woman in a business suit that looks about 50.)
Some of my favorites:
Radio West on KUER FM 90 in SLC - Doug Fabrizio is amazing. Most of the shows treat topics specific to Utah, but not all of them.
This American Life on Chicago Public Radio - I love it. What more can I say?
All Songs Considered on NPR