Turn On, Tune In and Listen on Demand
Joe Gardiner, 2 mins read
I want to listen to more new music, break out of old patterns, discover new bands and get excited about them. So, as I did last year, I’m only streaming music that has been released this year. And not much that I want to listen to has been put out yet – I’m really waiting on the release of David Bowie’s new album Blackstar.
But the upside is that I’ve had more time for on-demand radio, or what I used to call podcasts. January is when I discover most of the broadcasters that I’ll come back to time and again throughout the year.
I’ve always been a fan of radio. Radio offers the most visual storytelling and is the only rich media you can immerse yourself in while simultaneously doing something else such as cooking or driving.
On-demand radio puts you in charge of the schedule, with apps like BeyondPod you can put together playlists, mix and match the voices you listen to and unearth new favourites.
A lot of excitement surrounded the launch of series two of Serial – which is unpicking the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured and held by the Taliban for nearly five years. And crowd funding initiatives by broadcasters like 99 Percent Invisible have smashed all kinds of records.
There’s too much out there to ever hear it all, but with so much on-demand radio to listen to, you need never settle for what the traditional broadcasters feed you. Here are ten shows to treat your ears.
*Podcasts in old speak.