The Future Of Radio Is Happening Now

I’m a radio guy.  I’ve worked in the business since the day after I turned 16 and got my first job at a small town station.  Fast forward 25 years and I’m still working in radio.

I don’t see the AM/FM dial going away anytime soon but I do see them losing some listeners to podcasts.  To me, podcasts are to mobile audio what the DVR is to television.  They allow you to consume the media you want on your schedule.

Podcasts used to be tricky to listen to.  Now with iTunes and a whole host of Android apps they’re easier than ever to find and listen to right on your smartphone.

Whatever your interest are, you’ll find a podcast to match.  Health, fitness, religion, technology, food, comedy, politics… the list of topics covered in podcasts are endless.

Some of my favorite podcasts include The Social Media Examiner, 48 Days, Android Police, and Android Central.

The majority of my podcast listening happens on my drive home.  I have a 40 minute commute and podcasts help pass the time. They’re also a good use of that time.  I’ve learned a lot from them. Much of what I’ve learned from them, especially The Social Media Examiner, have helped me with this blog site.

Until recently, I would listen through headphones.  Not necessarily the safest thing but legal in my state.  I checked.  Didn’t want to have to pay for an unnecessary ticket.

At Christmas my in-laws gave me a small, cube shaped bluetooth speaker.  It’s portable, rechargeable, sounds great, and fits right on the dash of my truck.  It’s definitely safer.  I use the PocketCast app to wirelessly send the audio from my Samsung Galaxy S3 to the speaker.

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

I’m exited about podcasts and their potential to grow in the future. In fact, I’m researching ways to create one to compliment this blog.

Do you listen to podcasts?  What are your favorites and how do you listen to them? 

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