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Just digging around on the internet

Will Internet killed the Radio Star?

As broadband connections continue to increase, internet radio is becoming a huge global market opportunity. Already, one in four of the USA’s population listen regularly to internet radio. – CSR website

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With wireless internet becoming more ubiquitous, the more of a choice to listen to what we want through internet radio. CSR a wirless chip specialist has been working on a chip that allows for streaming audio via wireless internet. This chip could be put into various devices including phones, mp3 players, car stereos, etc. CSR calls it RadioPro. What makes this even more interesting is that they got the cost per unit down to $15.

From “Wireless chip specialist CSR is readying a Wi-Fi internet radio reference design that it says has an electronics Bill of Materials of just $15 in volume and thus changes the economics ofdesigning products for internet radio reception…

CSR believes that by 2009, 40 percent of MP3 and portable media players will offer Internet radio capabilities, as would half of all DAB and satellite radios and a third of home Hi-Fi systems. Other applications are likely to include iPod docking stations and set top boxes.

The low power design of RadioPro boasts up to 25 hours of active streaming time running on a 1500mAH battery. RadioPro provides wireless streaming of internet radio via Wi-Fi, without the need for a PC, and can support over 10,000 radio stations through a dedicated internet radio portal. CSR has teamed with specialist company vTuner to provide the portal with its designs, but this portal link can be exchanged if necessary.

CSR says with its BOM of $15, ODMs would be able to bring internet radio products to consumers for much less, typically $60 to $70 for a complete product according to Kenig.

This could really transform the radio landscape within 3-4 years. Satellite radio could go out of business, and terrestrial radio stations would become like the major networks when cable tv arrived on the scene. If this happens would you stop listening to terrestrial radio and listen more to internet radio stations? I know what I am going to do is invest into CSR.

Just curious, if you listen to internet radio, what do you listen to?


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The Power of Radio

Since I switch careers from Architecture to Radio. I see the power of broadcast media. How one song you play can affect someone or a certain words can move or offend. It is quite an amazing medium. That is why I really want to see the movie ‘Talk to Me’.

Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene Jr.; Petey’s story is funny, dramatic, inspiring — and real. In the mid-to-late 1960s, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Petey to fully express himself — sometimes to outrageous effect — and “tell it like it is.”

If anyone has seen it or going to see it, let me know how it is.

Filed under: movies, Radio, video

StoryCorps: Griot (Telling your Story)


In the previous post about the hip hop video blog, I mention a little about StoryCorps:Griot. This is a really cool project.

StoryCorps Griot is a one-year initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to collect interviews from at least 1,750 African Americans. From February 15, 2007, through February 28, 2008, the StoryCorps Griot Initiative will make stops of up to six weeks in nine locations across the nation, partnering with radio stations, historically black colleges and universities, and other cultural institutions and membership organizations, to record and distribute the stories of 1,750 African Americans. The StoryCorps Griot Initiative will place a special emphasis on the stories of World War II veterans and men and women involved in the Civil Rights struggle.

The StoryCorps Griot Initiative will help ensure that the voices, experiences, and life stories of African Americans will be preserved and presented with dignity. It will also build bonds between citizens and broadcast media by celebrating our shared humanity and collective identity.

Where will StoryCorps Griot visit?

Atlanta, GA   Feb 15–Mar 24, 2007
Newark, NJ   Mar 29–May 5, 2007
Detroit, MI   May 10–Jun 16, 2007
Chicago, IL   Jun 21–Jul 28, 2007
Oakland, CA   Aug 9–Sep 14, 2007

They also have blog for their journey. If you living in these cities, definitely stop by. They are scheduling more cities as well. Institutions and community-based organizations can collaborate with StoryCorps Griot in several ways by becoming Community Partners. They can host interviews at a site of their choosing and Facilitators will travel to them. They can bring community residents to the GriotBooth for scheduled interviews. They can also spread the word about StoryCorps Griot through information sessions and material distribution. For more information about becoming a StoryCorps Griot Community Partner, please contact Ruby Sheets, Outreach Coordinator for StoryCorps Griot, at or 646-723-7025 ext. 61.

Individuals can conduct their own interviews with their storykit.

Filed under: community, culture, Radio