Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Life After College Radio

The email buzz has been favorable to forming a panel like what Hugh suggested.
I'm not sure if it would be broadcast, but it ought to be recorded.

Working title: "Life After College Radio"

... is there life after college radio?

Man, that's a loaded question.

After all, college radio... and radio in general has changed so much in the last 30 years (not to mention the last 5)... that the question of what happens next may be slightly philosophical.

It's not as cut and dry as the days when you could spin records on XCI and then scoot right into a commercial gig doing practically the same thing.

Once upon a time people with passion and talent for broadcasting (or music or audio production and advertising) had few options - college radio gave them a leg up into an industry that absolutely required experience.

Things change. Who needs a broadcast licence? Who needs a radio station?

Just get a computer.

Audio and broadcast equipment are being sold to both professionals and complete novices alike who podcast.

Computer applications (some of them free) allow folks to edit and produce audio in a digital environment.

YouTube, Myspace and other such websites provide the platform, and are a veritable cess pool of human expression, where you can, at the click of a mouse, hear more stuff by unpolished folks than college or non-commercial radio could ever give you.

So "what happens after college radio" may only be the beginning of the discussion.


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