The future of Internet radio world wide
Published: 21 January 2017 08:37 PM
There is a contest underway in Denton. The popular online blog The Dentonite will present the first-ever DAM (Denton Arts and Music) awards to the winners at the Campus Theatre on Feb. 11.One of the contest categories is Best Radio Station, in which there are three competing stations: DentonRadio.com, KNTU 88.1 FM and Real Waves 1670 AM.The Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to be nominated among Denton’s best and covets your vote for our all-local DentonRadio.com station. That said, consider the lineup. Three stations in three different modes of radio delivery: online, FM and AM.
Until recently, an online radio station would not have made the cut in Denton or anywhere else in America.When DentonRadio.com launched in 2012, it was cutting edge and largely misunderstood. Online radio was just emerging as a viable listening option among the masses.People often asked us where on the dial to find DentonRadio.com, eyes glazing over when we replied with a URL rather than traditional FM or AM frequencies.According to Exaget.com, however, internet radio now is the fastest-growing segment of radio-listening options.
Radio is changing.On Jan. 11, Norway became the first country in the world to begin the shutdown of FM radio and switch to all-digital. It’ll take a year for the transition to be complete across that nation, but by this December, traditional radio will be no more in Norway.A Jan. 6 CNN column by Alanna Petroff said after 10 years of government planning, “the Nordic country is switching from FM to digital radio — called DAB — because the digital option offers more channels, better audio quality and savings for broadcasters.”Another column, this one on Public Radio International, or PRI, on Jan. 11, stated Norway authorities say digital makes it easier to broadcast emergency messages in times of crisis.
The same day, Henrik Pryser Libell reported in The New York Times that Norway’s Culture Ministry estimates the changeover will save about $25 million per year.Not all Norwegians are happy, and there are skeptics worried about the cost to consumers, noted repeatedly in news about the country’s giant technological leap forward. You see, digital radio uses a digital signal rather than airwaves to transmit content requiring that listeners have a digital radio receiver.The old radios won’t work anymore. Remember a few years ago when we all had to purchase new televisions or get the required adapter box for America’s big analog-to-digital TV switch? Norway is experiencing the radio version of that.Doubts aside, the rest of the world is watching, especially in Europe where PRI says Switzerland, Denmark and Britain in particular plan to shut down FM radio broadcasts.Which brings me to Australia. Digital and internet radio have existed with equal popularity alongside FM and AM in that country for many years.
Recently, though, Exaget.com reports the Australian Department of Communications is recommending internet over digital radio after an efficiency review concluded online and mobile listening alternatives offered significant savings over digital in the long run.Don’t panic. FM in America still is king of the hill and far from going away. But online and digital radio audiences are broadening, a trend going only upward.Way off in the future, a decade at minimum says the research, America likely will follow the rest of the world’s radio lead.Australia’s director of communications thinks internet radio’s advantages will win over digital when the fate of the airwaves down under finally is decided. Internet radio just like our own DentonRadio.com, once a wild, visionary dream, is emerging now as radio’s new normal.
In March, DentonRadio.com had 479 radio sessions, similar in analytical meaning to the number of unique users on a website.In December, nine months later, 7,835 radio sessions marked a 1,635 percent increase in DentonRadio.com listenership for the year. We attribute part of the dramatic gain to our Facebook Live broadcasts that accompany our live-on-the-air, in-studio shows. For instance, the 7,835 December radio sessions were just a sub-group of a 42,657-large audience that month who tuned in via their Facebook feeds.
In less than a year, our handful of listeners has grown to nearly 190,000.The growth is more than Facebook, though. We believe a new era of radio has dawned.“The best is yet to come,” says DentonRadio.com manager Jake Laughlin. “We are continuing to explore new and exciting forms of internet and digital media to spread the original and independent sounds of Denton.”KIM PHILLIPS is vice president of the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Denton Chamber of Commerce. She loves promoting Denton’s original, independent spirit through the city’s sense of place and cast of many characters. She can be reached at email@example.com.
The Story Behind Tun it up Radio
Exposing music the ‘Wright’ way
Marlon Wright at his TUN-IT-UP Radio base in Stony Point, New York.The independent record company is synonymous with the success of reggae, especially its underground artistes. Marlon Wright, head of Cyber-Leaf Entertainment, is determined to continue that trend.This has been the most productive year for the label Wright started in 2008. It has released songs and videos by roots artistes Iya Ingi, Derajah, Jamaican Carlos and Richie Innocent.Wright met those artistes through them sending their songs to TUN-IT-UP Radio, a cloud-based radio station he started five years ago in Stony Point, New York.For the Westmoreland-born Wright, it’s all positive for label and station.“When an artiste sends me a song for airplay, I listen to the words and make my determination. If the music is slack, out of order, or disrespectful of any nature, I usually delete it. But once it’s positive and clean, I keep it and provide the artiste with feedback,” he told the Jamaica Observer.Iya Ingi’s Foundation, Jamaican Carlos’s Influence, Hills Mi Deh by Richie Innocent, and Show Love, a collaboration between Iya Ingi and Derajah, fit that format.Cyber-Leaf Entertainment has released videos for each song. The company is doing the same for singer Rad Dixon’s Make It Right, scheduled for release in a matter of days.Though not household names in Jamaica, Richie Innocent and Derajah have been recording for some time. The latter has toured France several times and performed throughout Brazil.According to Wright, Cyber-Leaf Entertainment’s objective is to give them exposure they do not receive in Jamaica.“The primary focus of my company is to help people achieve their dreams, especially those in the reggae community, by providing them with the material needed to be successful — to include flyers, music videos, radio airplay, and any promotion they need to get their message out to the public,” he said.Wright, 40, migrated to the United States in 1988 and served in the army. Eight years ago, he got involved in broadcasting.
In addition to Dixon’s song, Cyber-Leaf Entertainment will release songs and videos by Derajah and singjay Sledge in early 2017.
— Howard Campbell
STING 2016 OFF, ORGANIZERS CONFIRM
December 14, 2016
Sting, regarded as the most prestigious dancehall show worldwide since its inception in 1983, will not be held in 2016, according to show organizers, Supreme Promotions.?Speculation surrounding the possible staging of Sting 2016 had intensified in recent weeks as there was little promotion, no activity on the shows social media pages and no annual launch event. With Boxing Day – Sting’s annual stage date – less than two weeks away, Supreme Promotions head Isaiah Laing and manager/booking agent Junior ‘Heavy D’ Fraser confirmed to CVM OnStage on Tuesday that the show is indeed off.?According to both men, the lack of headline acts available have hurt the chances of putting together a proper show.?“Last two, three years, the headline (artist) is just never there to me, so there was no crowd” Fraser said. “Since Kartel gone, the headline move….yes you will have 50 artistes to work, but if you don’t have two (main ones), the 48 don’t count. The ones who are hot now are not interested.” “Sting was not built up like this,” Laing said. “Over the years when you come to Sting, you find the hottest artistes. You have 20 or 30 artistes that are really pulling crowds, that’s not happening any more. You have to depend on three or four artistes now, it cannot work.” ?Laing revealed that Supreme Promotions has not made a profit from the show since 2008, the year Vybz Kartel and Mavado clashed each other. He and Heavy D conceded that it has become difficult to book artistes of repute as they have turned it down either over financial disagreements or receiving overseas shows. Additionally, sponsorship has been lacking, making it even more difficult to fund the show.
?However, Laing believes a lot of artistes are intimidated by the Sting crowd because of its reputation for being tough on performers, at times throwing bottles and other projectiles on stage when displeased with a set.?“It is known worldwide that Sting is the hardest audience to please cause if you put your wrong foot forward from the first song out of your mouth, you get the boo or the bottle,” Laing said. He also chastised sponsors for not catering to the largely middle and lower class fan base.?As for the future of the Sting show, Laing said the show as we know it is dead, but will be revamped in an international format. The show will be rebranded in 2017 featuring artistes in dancehall, reggae and several other genres, with a premiere in London slated for next summer.?There also are talks to host a gospel version of Sting in the near future.?This year, Supreme Promotions will award various entertainers who have contributed to the show’s growth over its 33 year existence, including Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Marion Hall (formerly Lady Saw) and more.
DEVIN DI DAKTA AND JL EARN HISTORIC GRAMMY NOMINATION
Dancehall star, Devin Di Dakta and emerging singer, JL have made history as the youngest ever Jamaicans to be nominated for music’s highest honour as the duo are up for the Best Reggae Album award at the 59th Grammy Awards.
When Grammy nominations were officially announced on December 6, the duo’s debut EP, Reggae For Her produced by legendary hit makers and previous Grammy winners, Sly and Robbie was named among five contenders for the honour. They will go up against six-time reggae Grammy winner, Ziggy Marley for his self-titled album, Raging Fyah for Everlasting and two American acts: J Boog for Rose Petals and Rebelution for Falling Into Place.
Released in late September, Reggae For Her is an eight-track EP which features singles such as Ayo Ayo, Safe Havenand Jenell. The compilation is being distributed by Tuff Gong International and also released by Taxi Records.
It is a huge achievement for both acts, who are managed by long-time marketer and public relations specialist, Shelly-Ann Curran, who is elated by the news and has stated her intention to walk the Grammy red carpet. For Devin, news of the nomination comes a day after his 21st birthday.
Additionally, this is the first time that prominent Jamaican talent shows, Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall and Digicel Rising Stars can boast of having former contestants earning such acclaim. Devin Di Dakta was crowned Magnum King in 2015 while J.L. reached the final round of Rising Stars the year prior.
The 59th Grammy Awards will be held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017.