DeMers, Jaysen. “Why Podcasts Are Popular (And 4 Content Lessons To Learn From Them).” Forbes, Forbes, 11 July 2017, http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2013/10/13/The-rise-and-decline-of-AM-radio/stories/201310130063.
This article discusses the reasons behind podcast popularity and what can be derived from them. The reasons behind the increase in popularity of podcasts differs from the previous article I have read as it discusses the overuse of screens for various forms of media. This overuse has led audiences to appreciate the lack of screen necessitated for podcast listening. Additionally, the article discusses lessons to derive from the success of podcasts. Notably, it comments on how influencers drive popularity and demand. Essentially, influencers, those who have influenced the way podcasts even operate, were a driving force behind the style and appeal of podcasts. This article would be extremely beneficial is cross examining what results came out of the podcast phenomenon and how they differ from radio. Additionally, it’s beneficial in that I have my own radio show and would like to implement this research into a tangible project of mine.
Martínez-Roa, Omar-Gerardo and Elsy-Genith Ortega-Erazo. “Perceptions and Participation in
Community Radio Stations in Nariño- Colombia.” [“Percepciones y participación en
emisoras de radio comunitaria en Nariño- Colombia”]. Comunicar, vol. 26, no. 54, Jan.
2018, pp. 81-90. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3916/C54-2018-08.
This article discusses the engagement of community radio within the town of Narino, Columbia. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is support within the community of participation by community members in radio production. The study was conducted through a mixed design involving 2 questionnaires. The results showed that radio participation and involvement improved the socio-cultural dynamic within the region. However, from the point of view of radio directors, they didn’t encourage radio participation from their audience because they mirrored the methods of commercial radio. This article would be useful in my research in determining what factors contribute to radio participation and why. Also, it’s an interesting perspective to look at radio popularity and participation across cultures. I would like to incorporate traits of radio decline cross-culturally.
Mccoy, Adrian, and Maria Sciullo. “The Rise and Decline of AM Radio.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 13 Oct. 2013, http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/tv-radio/2013/10/13/The-rise-and-decline-of-AM-radio/stories/201310130063.
In the article, The Rise and Decline of AM Radio, many factors to the successes and pitfalls of AM radio are discussed. The major factors included in the decline of AM radio include new government legislation, changes in demographics, technological advancement, and changes in the media landscape. The inception of modern radio began with Frank Conrad and his want to be able to receive the time anywhere through radio signals. From there AM radio continued to grow and expand until the rise of television and FM radio. As previously stated, technological advancements have placed a huge strain on the demand for radio, specifically AM radio. However, there are advocates for radio, specifically AM radio and the contributions it has made and continues to make to create accessible information. This article is relevant to my research as it thoroughly describes the aspects of the development of radio and the factors that has both contributed to its success and demise. These successes and demises can be examined against the development of podcasts to see if there is a chronological correlation.
Rodgers, Linda. “Prime Time for Podcasts. (Cover Story).” School Library Journal, vol. 64, no.
2, Feb. 2018, pp. 22-25. EBSCOhost,
login.proxy.library.emory.edu/login?url=http://search.Rodgers, Linda. “Prime Time for
Podcasts. (Cover Story).” School Library Journal, vol. 64, no. 2, Feb. 2018, pp. 22-25.
This article discusses the popularity of podcasts especially amongst a younger audience. Educators and authors have found that encouraging kids to listen to podcasts instead of more traditional ways to teach has been far more effective. One of the most enticing aspects of podcast listening is the immersive ability. It allows kids to use their imagination to create a vision for the story being told but also allows them to feel directly apart of the story hearing the author narrate it. Additionally, the consistent release of podcasts (once or twice a week) allows for kids to allows kids to know and count on when they can tune it. It’s free and downloadable making it all the more accessible to a wider audience. This article would aid my research in that it would explore the reasons behind the rise in popularity of podcasts specifically within a younger audience. The range podcasts must include to have such strong engagement must be expansive. It would be beneficial to look into these aspects as they relate to specific age groups.
Roose, Kevin. “What’s Behind the Great Podcast Renaissance.” New York Magazine, New York Media, 30 Oct. 2014, nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/10/whats-behind-the-great-podcast-renaissance.html.
This article describes aspects to the increase in popularity of podcasts, specifically its resurgence. The inception of podcasts was contingent on the creation of the I-Pod. However, the first podcasts don’t resemble what we now know podcasts to be. They were unstructured and mostly an hour of a host rambling about their topic of choice. The resurgence of podcast popularity is the quality of shows are simply better. They are more structured and focused and therefore more accessible and entertaining to a larger audience. Additionally, the economics of podcasts are far better than other types of media production. It costs far less to produce a podcast than it does a radio show or TV show, therefore more show can be produced in comparison. This article is relevant to my research as it provides a deep and specific insight to the history of podcasts as well as delves into the reasons behind its success.