The output of British radio stations has never been as dire as it is today, both nationally and locally. I know it, over 500,000 people that have stopped listening to radio in the past 12 months know it, and you probably know it, too.
This Blog post (along with those that choose to comment at the end of it) will attempt to uncover what has happened to the radio we loved, and who is responsible for destroying it.
Is there any hope for radio in Britain?
Actually, there might just be, but it may not come from where you think ...
From Barack Obama to Stephen Hawkins - 'Blanket' Jackson to Death Row inmates (via their supporters); seems like everyone is Twittering these days.
In the 24 hours it takes the world to turn, over 150 million Tweets have been sent from 140 million people across the globe; 10 million here in the UK. And this monster's growing by the month! Even I have finally joined the Twitter crowd (I once stated on radio that I never would).
If Facebook is the king of social networking (for now) Twitter rules supreme as a microblogging service. No silly games to play. No bolted on distractions. You write what you're thinking/doing in 140 characters or less and hit the send button - BOOM - you've just Tweeted!
Matthew Perdie is an award winning fiscally-conservative professional Film Director and Editor. His work includes movie trailers, political attack ads, public service announcements, documentaries, and narrative films.
Perdie is known to be the first filmmaker in existence to walk every step across the United States, from East to West coast, and self-produce a documentary series about it.
So, you peer out the hotel window, there are very old and shabbily dressed women sitting beside the moon-cratered road below desperately trying to flog laces - shoe dye - squashed cigarettes and other tat. Did you board the wrong plane and land in hell, or do you just like taking very interesting holidays? As for me... I call it, HOME!
She will merrily sing "Amazing Grace" and other classics if she’s asked to; the woman carries a tune very well. She’s cheerful, mostly. She says it's family that keeps her going; they mean everything – there’s an elderly mother – sisters – a daughter who’s all grown up - some grandchildren.
Her dreams are modest these days... she just wants to touch that family again; be held by them. It's something her captors of the past 10 years have denied her. If all goes according to plan and there’s no reason why it shouldn't, this is the year her captors are going to kill her.