More on the Debate on the Future of Rock Radio

The question is this:  how much of a future does traditional over-the-air rock radio have?

Consider the following:

  •  People under 25 have different expectations when it comes to accessing and listening to music.
  • Smartphones are quickly reaching critical mass.
  • And most importantly, cars–the last high ground for AM and FM radio–are getting more and more connected to the Internet.

As someone who loves radio, I believe that it can survive and thrive if it gets over its old way of delivering content and adapt to new media.

Here are three stories on the future of radio from today that are worth reading:

The Future of Radio is Between (or Instead of) the Songs by Mark Ramsey

The Rock Radio Debate Continues by Ed Ryan (via Radio Ink)

The Smart Phone Killed the Car Radio by Michael Robertson

As I write this, Mark Zuckerberg is introducing Facebook’s new music features.  More on that once he’s done and I’ve had a chance to think about what it all means–if anything.




Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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