Posted: 01 Apr 2010 Print Send a link
"One day—I do not recall which year—I stopped listening to radio on [my Sony world band radio]. I do not remember if it happened suddenly or over a period, but I know the reason: I had discovered online radio. There were hundreds of stations to choose from. Now I listen to BBC Radio 5 and World Service, and to All Things Considered and All Songs Considered on the National Public Radio (NPR). ... In Delhi, I don’t know anyone who listens to radio except in cars. Perhaps listening to radio at home is no longer cool. A couple of years ago, while holidaying in a friend’s house in the hills of Dehradun, I heard the sound of BBC news floating in from the garden. There was a crackle in the audio and I knew it had to be a radio. I walked towards the sound and saw a man, a foreigner, on a bench with an old-fashioned radio—the kind I once had—by his side. It was [former chief of the BBC New Delhi bureau] Mark Tully. That was the last time I saw someone using a radio set." Shekhar Bhatia, livemint.com, 30 March 2010. Refers to this 2010 report on US radio listening by the Pew Project on Excellence in Journalism.