FM Radio: Look at This Survey

FYI Music reports on a survey that terrestrial broadcasters should look at very closely.  Yes, it’s an American survey but that doesn’t mean we Canadians should ignore it.

FM music broadcasters are pushing listeners away by narrow-casting the kinds of music they play and repeating similar sounding songs. The push-back is listeners are increasingly turning to the Internet for music discovery. 

These and other findings are published in iMusic Rain’s State of the Music Industry Index which measures evolving trends and consumer satisfaction on a monthly basis using a panel of American consumers.

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One thought on “FM Radio: Look at This Survey

  • Modern music is not heading downhill.
    PD’s are playing music that all sounds the same.
    Streaming services make playlists where the songs all sound similar to each other.
    iTunes genius playlists gather songs that all sound similar to each other.

    Why is this so hard for the industry to understand?
    Why is the industry so addicted to this style of programming?

    Most of the music I’ve acquired so far this year is not being played on commercial radio, will not be played on commercial radio, yet I found it all through online music review sites, public radio music shows, and social media.


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