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James Cridland is Managing Director of media.info, and a U.K.-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.nets

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One of my local coffee shops, where I do a fair amount of work, is an interesting place to be partly because of their choice of what goes on the speakers. It’s always a radio station; sometimes it’s Capital Xtra, an urban station here in London, but more often it’s an internet radio station. Occasionally we get an NRJ side channel, sometimes an eighties channel, but today we heard Boomer Radio‘s Vintage Rock channel. It’s interesting to hear what the ever-rotating staff choose to listen to: it’s quite rare it’s to a local station.

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