Radio is the oldest digital medium – predating social media, streaming, the web and even TV — and it continues to be surprisingly resilient.
Corus Radio has proven unbelievable development on each its AM and FM stations over the previous yr, and there’s no higher time than World Radio Day (Feb. 13) to spotlight why radio continues to be a strong, underestimated medium, spanning a long time. In some situations, radio even supersedes its counterparts.
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These key components exemplify why radio stays a powerhouse, regardless of seismic shifts within the trade.
You may take radio anyplace you need. You may’t drive in your automobile and watch TV. Nor are you able to learn (no less than, you shouldn’t). It’s this issue that has helped radio soldier on for therefore many a long time. It doesn’t matter the place you might be or what you’re doing, radio is accessible just about in all places.
“You may stroll down the road listening to your favorite host in your cellphone,” mentioned Jeff Storey, Senior Program and Information Director for 900 CHML, Y108 and Recent 95.three. “Podcasting, which has actually been an evolution of radio, is booming. It’s an extension of the radio format, but it surely’s now accessible in new and thrilling methods, particularly for a youthful viewers.”
Certainly, FM stations like Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge are reaching and concentrating on that millennial viewers, bringing in a complete new era of radio listeners.
“We’ve actually centered on making radio significant and related to millennials,” mentioned Tammy Cole, program director for the station and for Q107. “We’ve revamped the on-air lineup to incorporate personalities residing the millennial life-style. They’re enjoyable, inclusive and actually champion that group of listeners. We embrace them and acknowledge the good era they’re. We attempt to give them what they need: the perfect music, can’t-miss Instagram-worthy experiences, up-close and private experiences with music’s greatest stars and totally different views on exhibits, like our new morning hosts on The Edge, siblings Ruby and Alex.”
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Charity & Group Outreach
Hand-in-hand with radio’s accessibility, it’s a medium that’s capable of leapfrog the space between creator and viewers. In lots of smaller communities, radio may be very a lot part of the material.
“One factor that radio does actually, rather well is connecting along with your neighborhood by way of charity and charitable giving,” mentioned Storey.
Corus has given roughly $33 million in its charitable endeavours over time. CHML Youngsters’s Fund, for instance, donates roughly $250,000 yearly to underprivileged households within the Hamilton, Ont. neighborhood.
“I do know each firm goes to tout what they do on the charity entrance, however I can let you know first-hand, from a radio perspective, being on the entrance strains and being linked to your neighborhood… by way of radio remotes and going dwell on-location as typically as we do, the influence is critical,” mentioned Storey.
Simply final week, Nation 105 in Alberta held its 16th annual Caring for Children Radiothon, and broke a report with greater than $6.6 million in donations to the Alberta Youngsters’s Hospital. (The entire donated since 2003 now surpasses $31.1 million.)
“The chance to have each donation doubled, after which tripled, was extremely thrilling,” mentioned Phil Kallsen, Program Director, Nation 105. “The vitality it created not solely propelled the giving spirit of this neighborhood, it raised an astounding quantity of much-needed funds for the Alberta Youngsters’s Hospital — a spot very particular to all of us at Nation 105 and our listeners.”
In BC, the CKNW Children’ Fund Pledge Day Radiothon in December 2018 raised greater than $1.four million to assist youngsters in want. In Edmonton, 630 CHED, International Information Radio 880 Edmonton, CISN and The ‘Chuck have raised roughly $2 million for numerous charitable and nonprofits up to now yr. Similarily, Calgary’s CHQR‘s one-day radiothon raised $255 thousand final December.
Brad Gibb, Program Director of London’s FM96, Nation 104 and 103.1 Recent Radio, insists that radio is essentially the most intimate medium.
“You pay attention along with your headphones or in your automobile by your self and it’s these moments of one-on-one affiliation that strengthen the emotional bond with a listener,” he mentioned. “Every model is totally different, every model has its personal distinctive means of connecting with our viewers. The tip objective is identical however the message is totally different. Our on-air groups reside, respiratory individuals who mirror the emotions of our metropolis. They see flawed and need to make it proper. If somebody is down, we come collectively to select them up. Folks simply need to really feel good… that’s what we do.”
In yet one more instance of radio reaching the neighborhood, London radio station FM96 changed a 96-year-old lady’s entrance step at her residence as a result of Canada Put up wouldn’t ship mail to her home, saying it was two inches too excessive.
An important issue to radio’s success is the altering and modernization of expertise, and the medium’s means to adapt to that change.
“Radio in 2019 is known as a multi-platform enterprise,” mentioned Storey. “That’s what we’ve turned it into lately. There are such a lot of new applied sciences in radio, for instance, the good audio system. It’s out there in additional locations — you possibly can play it on the Radioplayer Canada app. Alexa within the house is an element. Streaming, on-line streaming, is a giant a part of that as properly, along side within the automobile, on the cellphone, on tablets.”
Together with the enlargement of podcasts on a big selection of matters, quickly there received’t be a single class radio isn’t masking.
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Immediacy & Accuracy
You may have that reference to radio nearly instantly. Acquired a difficulty with one thing occurring in your metropolis? Name up your native radio station or host, air your grievances. It’s principally like an open discussion board to have an on-air dialogue. (Clearly it is a bit more durable in a market like Toronto with thousands and thousands of listeners, however the possibility continues to be there.)
Radio isn’t an article you see on-line that you just simply shut and transfer away from, nor are there terrible, offended feedback to learn beneath the copy. Points are mentioned on the radio, typically in advantageous element, and the discourse is important in immediately’s insane world. Identical with accuracy; on this period of “pretend information,” Corus Radio strives daily to make sure what it promotes and pushes ahead is 100 per cent factual.
“It’s a 1:1 private connection,” mentioned Storey. “Whenever you hearken to the radio, it’s such as you’re speaking on to that particular person. You’re so engaged within the dialog and the dialogue, you are feeling like they’re talking to you, even supposing they’re talking to 100,000 individuals. It’s magic.”
In keeping with a research by Vividata in October 2018, radio is essentially the most reliable supply of stories to Canadians — a whopping 82 per cent named it as essentially the most reliable supply for information. (Sixty-nine per cent additionally mentioned that of all media, radio supplies essentially the most in-depth protection.)
“The mixing of International Information with Corus Radio has been an exquisite train over the previous 18 months,” mentioned Storey, including that the transfer actually helped the AM stations up their credibility and listener bases.
Listeners are undoubtedly responding to the accuracy and work put into Corus’ information providing; six of seven International Information Radio stations noticed a scores bump this previous fall in comparison with final yr. Clearly, listeners are searching for knowledgeable opinion that’s native, contextual and related to their communities.
So flip up that radio dial; it is a medium that’s not going anyplace any time quickly.
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