Who needs radio? Online, you can pursue your enthusiasms to their deepest nooks and crannies, but with radio, you have no control over content. In this age of digital dissemination, when everything is available all the time, when you can use your computer to seek and find practically any recording you can think of, why would you listen to the radio?
To my mind, radio is more important than ever. It can take us places we didn't know we wanted to go. It's an opportunity for discovery. And despite the sense of one-to-one communion that the best radio delivers, we know that as we listen, others are out there sharing the experience with us; we're part of a community, entertained and informed together.
I've been presenting music on WNYC for the past 22 years, and in just the last few of those years my blog has become a good place for informal meetings with listeners. I've heard from people as far away as Turkey, China, the Hebrides, and even Brooklyn.
Now that I'm broadcasting from WQXR, I'm interested to know: Where are you, and what are you doing as you listen? In a few words, won’t you please post an answer in the comment section below?