Radio Analysis – BBC Radio One logo, Last accessed on 05/01/2016


Radio Notes:

  • The radio was invented in 1985 by a German scientist called Heinrich Hertz but started to get more popular around 1910/1920
  • It is very descriptive and uses its words and explanations to help paint an image of the discussion in the listeners mind
  • The radio was inspired by the invention of the printing press from the 1450s
  • World War 2 made the radio the most important information devise of that era in means of communication and gaining updates from around the world
  • The radio gained a rival in the 1950s called the television
  • Radio was greatly controlled by the government in the 1950s due to the previous war
  • Illegal radio stations such as Radio Caroline played records of rock n roll music for the younger generation of teenagers, of which experienced the radio as a form of entertainment for the first time instead of just news
  • The 1950s radio is as equivalent as today’s largest social media database Facebook
  • The government tried to ban and stop all pirate radio stations such as Radio Caroline
  • The pirate radio stations (which were illegal) were then employed by the BBC and used them to change radio from just news to also forms of entertainment. This became their main radio station known as Radio One, then made a second radio station known as Radio Two which aimed for a more mature audience and focus more on the news
  • The advantage radio had over television was that the images displayed on television made them limited on what they can show, when radio didn’t use images and just used audio, which set no limits.
  • When television shows the news, radio actually explains it and can express people’s opinions much better then television
  • The BBC exists to be relevant for all takes and interests plus focus on quality rather than a large audience
  • Unless you have really good connections to people in the media industry, you will need at least a degree to get into radio employment
  • It was recorded that in 2010 66% of all people that work in broadcasting have a degree
  • Radio stations that use adverts don’t have a sustainable income unlike the BBC who have licencing funds from the nation
  • The power of the radio is that it can make the listener focus on the explained facts without being distracted by images
  • Most people that work in television started with some sort of job in radio


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