Well, maybe …
After writing my blog post on Saturday for World Radio Day, I went on a bit of a nostalgic tour of the radio stations that I’ve followed as I moved from place to place.
Here they are, and their current format.
CKLW – the information station
WCAR – sports radio
CKNX – country, talk, news
CFTR – new
CHUM FM – adult contemporary
CKMS – independent, progressive university
WLS (The call letters kicked in while thinking about this Chicago station) – news and talk radio
WRIF – rock ‘n roll
CJWF – country
E STREET RADIO – Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band
voicEd Radio – education and music
It comes as no surprise that these days all of these stations have a website. I mean, who doesn’t have a website these days. I tracked each of those down to see it and also to see what format of radio they currently have.
I can’t help but be impressed with the change in mindset radio has had over the years. Originally, you had to be in a car or near a radio AND within the broadcast area of the station to hear it. There was nothing more frustrating to drive outside the range of a station and have to endure static. Then, you’re scanning for a new station that was both strong and the same format that you wanted.
It’s not the same these days. Since stations also broadcast over the internet, distance and antennas are no longer the requirements. I can, and did, tune into CKNX to find out what was happening in Western Ontario.
Radio is also very competitive. It was interesting to see the chance in format for some of the radio stations. Listenership is important and having the loyal following is key.
So, thanks to World Radio Day for taking me back to some great listening memories. As I leave, I’ll leave you with this link to Radio Garden. Here’s a place to go and search for a station or just explore on a map. After all, once you know location and where the stream is, you can listen from anywhere.
Or zoom way out to see stations across a continent.
Or take the earth for a spin. We don’t have a monopoly in North America with radio stations.