The State of Bay Area Radio

Despite decline, radio remains vital in Bay Area: Aidin Vaziri | Nobody listens to the radio anymore. In cars and on headphones, inside kitchens and flopping around beaches, more and more people are plugging into iPods, satellites and Internet stations. But the good old bend-the-antenna-to-make-it-work radio that we all grew up on – the radio that was capable of changing lives and galvanizing a nation in support of Depeche Mode? Well, let’s just say it makes the newspaper business look like it’s in rude health. And, really, who can blame people for tuning out? With corporate playlists regurgitating the same 20 songs, prerecorded voice-overs replacing real people and formats consolidating, why bother? Here’s why: There is still great music on the air worth discovering – stuff you don’t know about, not just from today but also from the past. There are still intrepid souls who are hanging on at stations that have otherwise been handed over to faceless accountants in New York. There are still mavericks out there willing to keep good radio on the air. It doesn’t have the impact it once did, but if you know where to look, radio is still vital – especially in the Bay Area. (Photo of Bobbie “Spider” Webb by Dania Maxwell)

The State of Bay Area Radio
KPOO’s ‘Spider’ Webb casts wide net on blues show
Bay Area’s local radio thriving
Ben Fong-Torres: Radio can still surprise
Still fighting to save KUSF on the radio dial
Aaron Axelsen still hungry for new sounds


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