Chiu on This

Nicole Chiu, Managing Editor

The radio is underrated.  In this day and age, everyone is using smart phones and a variety of apple products.  Even iPods and MP3 players have become outdated, due to accessibility of music on cell phones.  Prior to the 20th century, families would gather around and listen to the radio together.  Granted, there was no TV yet.  Now, the only time I really see use of the radio is in cars, yet, popularity of turning on the radio when driving is decreasing.  Why listen to random songs with commercials when a smart phone can easily be connected to the sound system in the car?  I get the feeling that radios will soon be obsolete, even in cars, as technology advances.

Oddly enough, radio is making a comeback in the smart phone world.  Pandora, iHeartRadio, and iTunes radio are popular listening choices, as they allow listeners to select a specific genre or artist they enjoy, and a custom station will be created with these selections and similar music.  While I think these features are inventive, I really hope that the classic radio doesn’t become dated.  These fancy apps and creations make it harder and harder to stick with the radio presets everyone undoubtedly has in their cars from 5 years ago.  The radio is an iconic part of the culture, and the random songs that play are just one less decision that a person needs to make.  If the radio becomes obsolete, then what’s next?  Will TV be a thing of the past in 100 years?  Let’s hope that’s not the case, but either way, I’ll be listening to the radio if it’s still around.