James Cridland’s Future of Radio: don’t choose a radio person to lead you; when the news isn’t funny; a new radio distribution medium

James Cridland is Managing Director of media.info, and an Australia-based radio futurologist. He is a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. Find out more or subscribe at http://james.cridland.net

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James Cridland’s articles

United States

  • Here’s an article (from a Brit) arguing that radio’s next leaders should not necessarily be radio people. I think there’s certainly a benefit in working for someone who isn’t entrenched in the ways of radio’s past. It’s why I’m fascinated to see how the Australian ABC will change under a leader who joins the corporation from Google; or, indeed, how Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is running The Washington Post. He’s certainly made that newspaper stronger. I wonder how much of that is from, simply, treating the past as a place where people did things differently?
  • RadioNet Looks Back at Internet Radio’s history – lots of fun stuff in here, including a photo of the Kerbango that Virgin Radio once owned.
  • Good news for stations that have uploaded content to SoundCloud: Twitter’s got your back by investing in it.
  • “Why are podcasts still so hard to make?” Ian Ownbey makes a magic automated editor/hoster
  • Without cars, radio would be dead” says a BBC story. So, why’ve I put it in the US section? Because it’s the grubby, commercially-led BBC Autos website, not BBC News; it’s a piece written seemingly by an American who cites satellite radio as radio’s last technical innovation (missing podcasts, DAB+, streaming, visual radio, hybrid radio, and goodness knows what else); and it’s rubbish, too. Indeed, in the UK, radio in-car is only 20% or so of total listening, though it’s around 50-55% in the US and Australia.
  • Why Binge Listening to Podcasts is a Thing from Jennifer Lane – I binge-listened to a bunch of podcasts on my plane ride to Canada the other week.
  • Radio changed America, says this series of articles


United Kingdom



  • Slovakia: Growing DAB+ in New Areas
  • India: the latest distribution platform for radio is… bluetooth. Say hello to Bultoo Radio – a news radio program you share via Bluetooth in places with little or no data.

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