shows - what's the point?
Why, in a world of instantly accessible music, should anyone listen?
After all anyone can go find new music, assemble a playlist and hit
go - and have been able to for many years now, and don't have to put
up with chat in between songs or annoying edits! Therefore what's
the point of a music radio show?
Back came this really helpful and interesting response from
Progarchives Forum member Jul from New Mexico USA,
presenter/producer of 'Progkast':
"The point? Three fold."
"One is when the presenter (in the US we call them "DJs") is
musically intelligent and informed. I used to enjoy Greg Gillespie
on the Deep Tracks station on XM Radio. I liked the banter in
between songs, as he always had something informative and worth
"The second one is, new music. Sure anyone can find new music, but
is it good? Personally, I'd rather someone with an ear dig through
all that new music for me and tell me what's good, what's worth
listening to... better yet, put it in a radio show so I can hear it
and decide for myself (this is why I started Progkast). Radio shows
are a great way to find new music. Radio has ALWAYS been a music
promotion tool. Just because anyone can find music, download it and
have the music they like, does not discount the importance of
radio... or a radio show. In fact, individuals have ALWAYS been able
to make their own, so called "playlist", I did it when I was a
kid... it's called the "record" button. I'd been making my own
"playlist" "mix" or whatever you want to call it since I got my
first cassette recorder when I was 7 yrs old (suffice it to say,
that was several decades ago!). So nothing has really changed."
"The third point, is the "live" factor. Even though many radio
stations are automated, most are live during the morning or
afternoon hours. There's something about being connected live that
gives one a sense of... well,... connection... Much like Facebook...
and one of the reasons why it is so popular."
"So to answer your question in one sentence... (lol), good presenter
presenting good music and making a connection."
Many thanks to Jul
and 'Progkast' - check out Jul's podcasts at
Julie) is an ex-Freeform Radio DJ as well as Drummer, Classical
Guitarist, music connoisseur/collector, and overall audiophile with
an extensive audio and literary music collection.