James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Is radio dead? A futurist thinks so…

James Cridland, the radio futurologist, is a conference speaker, writer and consultant. He runs the media information website media.info and helps organise the yearly Next Radio conference. He also publishes podnews.net, a daily briefing on podcasting and on-demand, and writes a weekly international radio trends newsletter, at james.crid.land.

James Cridland’s articles

  • The future of radio is still content-focused, according to… me. So that’s nice. From Radiodays Europe.
  • I was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Feedback programme (live from my desk in Brisbane after a 26 hour flight home). This section was pre-recorded, and is all the better for it: some, dare I say, less good questions were edited out before transmission. (As I often say, ‘live is lazy’)
  • Is radio dead? This futurist thinks so – I looked at one of the speeches, by a futurist, at Radiodays Europe.
  • I do enjoy putting together the very short Podnews podcast. Give me two minutes, I’ll give you the world of podcasting. This one is relatively indicative of how they go, complete with slightly gratuitous talking-up-to-the-post. If you’d like a podcast news bulletin for your radio station – can’t think why, but still – I’d be happy to talk: I also produce a weekly version, which is about four minutes, every Monday.
  • Is your station producing daily briefings for the Amazon Echo? I’m getting tons of traffic from mine.

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  1. SPOTIFY is killing Radio, and the whole Music industry !
    Spotify payment to Dynamic Recording:
    Streams last 90 days 03/01/17
    Spotify – Streams – 18,115
    iTunes – TK downloads – 683
    Apple Music – Streams – 15,490
    Pennies from Spotify and apple:
    Feb 10, 2017 Spotify Sale $0.87 details
    Feb 10, 2017 Spotify Sale $0.49 details
    Feb 10, 2017 Spotify Sale $0.51 details

    Radio stations pay us 8.5 cents per play.
    CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon all pay fairly.
    Music buyers love the free music and do not purchase or download selections.
    Many top Artists have pulled their music from streaming services because their sales
    and downloads have dried up. If we can’t get the streaming companies to pay
    a fair share, the music industry, especially for independent musicians, will be destroyed !

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