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Jakarta Post

Radio: streaming into the future

  • Mariel Grazella

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 7 2011   /  10:32 am

On air: Jeje, a Prambors FM host, jokes around during an afternoon program.In 1979, The Buggles trumpeted the demise of radio in their one-hit wonder, “Video Killed the Radio Star”. 

Then, in 1981, MTV aired the music video for the song upon the debut of the channel — a tongue-in-cheek forewarning about the demise of radio as music videos looked to capture an audience of young music listeners.Radio, however, clung on until early this century, when naysayers once again prophesied the end of radio, this time in the hands of the Internet, which youth have adopted and adapted to in droves. But, have young people really forsaken the radio? After all, legendary rock band Queen did shout “Radio, someone still loves you!” in their song “Radio Ga Ga”. “I was once asked this question by a journalist for a magazine when the Internet was in its nascence. Nobody was ...