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The Future of Radio As a Medium

October 11, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

With invention of television and internet some people predict that radio's days are numbered. This I dare say, "Radio is here to stay." I believe this for the following reasons.

First, transistor radio is cheaper. Here in the Philippines, one could buy a good quality transistor radio for less than five hundred pesos. Television on the other hand, even a second-hand, is not available to those who have less than a thousand pesos to spend on. Most expensive is the internet access, one has to pay at least 10 pesos per hour to use the internet (using the internet café) or thousands of pesos to buy a computer and a monthly charge for internet subscription.

Second, radio is definitely more accessible. This is strongly true in third world countries (and we know that there are more people belonging to the third world than the first world/west). There is still a greater number of places where there is no or minimal power supply, people who have transistor radios in these areas only need to buy cheap batteries in order to access radio programs. Television and internet access on the other hand would be almost impossible if not impossible to access at all.

Third, transistor radio is easier to use. In contrast to television and internet which one has to be literate to use it, using a radio is a no - brainer since even an illiterate can operate and listen to it. Television, not as much as internet though, often conveys its message through written texts this makes it difficult to be fully comprehended and appreciated by the illiterates. Internet access on the other hand is only accessible by literate individuals.

Finally, it is more possible to multi-task with radio since it only involves a person's sense of hearing. One can listen to the radio while cutting the meat and vegetables, driving a vehicle, walking on the street, mowing the lawn, and other daily activities necessary for the common people to do. In view of the fact that television and internet requires at least two of the human's five senses - hearing AND seeing, it is unfeasible to cut the meat and vegetables, drive a vehicle, walk on the street, mow the lawn, and others while watching television or accessing the internet.

I know I might be proven wrong since science has repeatedly proven to us that things do change as time passes e.g. world is round not flat; Pluto is not a planet anymore. Still, I believe that radio is here to stay.

I'm Lovella Stratton and I am a freelance writer. Read more of my musings from

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