James Cridland’s Future of Radio: Smart speakers and public radio fans

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


  • Ireland: Pirate radio in Limerick – a good bit of history. There’s a lot of missing information about pirate radio, partially because of the whole illegality thing. I hope that more people tell their stories.
  • Europe: The ASI conference for radio and TV research in Athens this year has just published its full programme. Some great speakers there. This is a great conference to be at, and very much worthwhile being present.
  • Sweden: It’s astonishing how poor Spotify is in embedding podcasts onto pages – they enforce login to Spotify, weirdly, to listen.
  • Germany: Interesting – one broadcaster is switching off FM in parts of the country and moving exclusively to DAB+
  • Chile: Online audio in Chile – lots of information
  • Remote radio stations, in the Falklands, Australian outback and the Shetland Islands
  • India: How to tackle fake news being spread online? By… using radio advertising.

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  • How can I play 4ZZZ on my Amazon Echo? It appears impossible. Can the internet help me?… I’ve since raised this with Amazon, who have acknowledged it’s currently impossible, and they’ve sent this off to their senior engineers. (The issue is with the “4” – this is being recognised as “for”.)
  • In the UK, broadcasters are not allowed to exhibit political bias. In Australia, it’s a different matter – and it cost us a prime minister. A good watch.

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