Originally Posted by bucksfan2
With XM/Sirius hovering in and around bankruptcy I don't know what the future for satellite radio will look like. Also factor into the equation that it isn't free. I have Sirius radio, got it free for 6 months when I bought my car, and ponied up the cash after words. But I still do listen to my local stations from time to time. I will listen to WLW for the Reds games, Bengals games, Bearcat games, and local sports programming. I mainly continued Sirius to keep ESPN radio all the time, Mad Dog Radio, and CNBC radio. Also OSU affiliates in the Cincinnati area are pretty poor, especially for basketball, so it is nice to have the local broadcast over sirius.
As long as basic radio is free to is listeners it will still have a market. I don't envision it any different from where it is now. There are a lot of people who refuse to pay for something they can get for free.
Only if there's someone willing to pay the bills.
Originally Posted by OldRightHander
I see radio heading the same direction tv did. When I was growing up most people I knew didn't have cable and the reason would usually be along the lines of not wanting to pay for something that's free. Now I don't know too many people who don't have cable or satellite, mostly due to the fact that a lot of things that used to be on broadcast tv are only found on cable, like many sporting events. The local channels are still there, but most of the local interest programming is the nightly news. I think that's where radio is headed. The local stations will always be there, but they'll be relegated to national programming with some local news and local sports broadcasts, while just about everything else worth listening to will be found on satellite. People got used to paying for tv programming. Why should it be any different for radio?
Same here. I remember there being only 3 channels on tv. Now? Too many. Local tv could become public access cable channels and it might not take long.
But what local content could sustain local radio stations?