Man kind is on the verge of a digital & technological revolution the likes of which will forever change the landscape of this world. The impact and fallout from this revolution can not even been seen or heard in the corporate board rooms – but it is coming, slowly inching its way closer each and every day.
It was only 100 years ago on December 24, 1906, just a few miles from the Highlander Radio Studios, that the first extended http://www.wfn.org/story.html~broadcast of the human voice was transmitted through the air from Brant Rock, Massachusetts. Reginald Fessenden, a Canadian Engineer who worked for Thomas Edison, was convinced that the "wireless telegraph", which then carried only the sputtering dots and dashes of Morse code, could carry the human voice.
Today, with the promise of blistering high speed wireless internet, continual advances in the creation of smaller and faster CPUs and the prospects of carbon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_nanotube~nanotube technology, we stand on the verge of a basic shift in digital media. No longer will the corporate board rooms control what the listeners hear, but the listeners will decide what they want to hear – freed with the help of our new found technology.
“All we hear is Radio Ga Ga – Radio Goo Goo.” once sang a famous 1970’s rock group. And that is true, listening to today’s current AM/FM dial is a mesh of the same music perpetuating America’s airwaves with the same old business model that has been used for the last 50 years. Like the amateur radio broadcasters of the 1920s, Internet Radio will succeed and eventually twilight the radio media forces of the 20th century.
Take for example our collaboration with Charles Dewhurt & the crew of Scotland’s based music and talk show, “No Celtic Boundaries.” The No Celtic http://nocelticboundaries.com/~Boundaries show is broadcasted from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and is heard on Lochbroom FM, 102..2 FM & 96.8 FM in Scotland. And now it will be heard on Highlander Radio on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week. Check out our broadcast http://www.celticradio.net/php/schedule.php~schedule for complete details.
And just a few months ago we introduced our listeners to the Cleveland Celtic http://clevelandcelticpodcast.com/~Podcast, bringing our listeners music, interviews and commentary by Cleveland’s finest Podcaster - Wendy Donahue. The Cleveland Celtic Podcast can be heard on Highlander Radio Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
These are just two examples of the tip of the iceberg of what’s in store for the listeners of Internet Radio across all genres. When the perfect storm of technology, music and internet comes together, there will be no stopping the grass roots, community driven web sites that music and the radio revolution will foster.
No longer separated by the borders of countries, listeners of all backgrounds and diversities will come together to forge new communities, relationships and make a lasting impact on the coming media revolution. Perhaps it might even change the world – and the dream of a music broadcast with no boundaries might accurately reflect what the coming digital medial revolution is all about!