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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Telivision vs Radio

I belong to the generation which saw the boom of television. During my teenage years, television channels were booming due to the open market policy adopted by the Indian government. Upto the late 80's there were just 2 channels ( in urban areas while in rural India just one channel) with programs only televised only at limited times of the day. But once the open air policy was adapted there were just increasing number of channels for entertainment. So I was never got a chance to explore the idea of "listening" to radio. Since television fulfilled my both audio and visual requirement.
However in recent months I have been listening to radio quite often and enjoy it way more than television. I mostly listen to NPR (national public radio), a public radio service in the US. I generally listen to current affairs, discussions, sports and music recording of great orchestra pieces. It is a wonderful experience. Television is more about glamor and very distractive at times due to weird camera movements while radio is more like having an intelligent conversation where you are going to be the beneficiary . Radio also gives you the freedom to work at the same time listen to some interesting program.
The survival of radio over the years against the television proves the strong audience for radio. Satellite radio and audio podcasting the latest addition, to this medium give radio a new dimension and open new audience to this medium.


  • wow,soo cool and very well written , yes i do believe that radio is far better than Television (well known as idiot box.....]as a medium of entertainment .i really like the way radio has made it BIG in India....

    By Anonymous yashu, at 11:19 AM, January 08, 2007  

  • The Indian Radio stations are full of shit-commericals!

    I'd better have the favorite show recorded and listen it later (so that ads can be skipped).

    It is equally pathetic on TV too. The bombardment of commericals (to hook young childrens) is so high. In recent years this trend has so rapidly risen that TV-media is less worried about the quality content than hooking people onto their and client's own interests.

    One funny example of Radio in India is their hosts (they call themselves DJ/RJ). Back some years they used to forceably use heavy Indian accents (lotsa mispronounciations), but recently, they have gone US/UK English way! Thanks to growing BPO industry. The same has happened to TV media, such a relief :)

    By Anonymous Aditya Ayre, at 10:50 PM, January 14, 2007  

  • Yet, I dunno why MTV and Channel-V have gone full-to Hindi/Masala way!

    I really yearn for the quality TV channels like Hallmark! The relief due to commercial DTH services, now people can watch what they want. But still they are offering Inianised versions of most of channels (pathetic)!

    By Anonymous Aditya Ayre, at 10:54 PM, January 14, 2007  

  • Yes commercial radio channels which are loaded with tons on nonsense advertisements are more distractive rather than entertainment. Hence I prefer Public radio service which are advertisement free. Or having satellite radio which is ad free and amazing collection of channels with a monthly subscription.

    By Blogger Rohit, at 11:18 AM, January 20, 2007  

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