A Question Heard at Canadian Music Week: “Is Local Radio Going the Way of the CD?”

My answer to that question would be an unqualified “no” and we can talk about that at a later date.  However, the question was posed at CMW this week.  From FYI Music:

Early bird delegates filled conference rooms, the foyer and the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel lobby bar Wednesday. The soup du jour this year is ‘connectivity’. It’s a burgeoning multi-billion dollar industry that has car manufacturers and technology firms seeing green. The prospect of up-selling a continent of consumers on a battery of in-dash gadgetry is likely to drown spy agencies in data, and immerse grid-locked commuters in a wonderland of info-entertainment features and options.It’s a brave new world that leaves traditional broadcasters gob-smacked, scared to death or indifferent to the meteorite that is about to crater an industry that has enjoyed unimpeded growth since Signal Hill became something more than an historic citadel.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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