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Web Radio by Chris Priestman

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Preface

 

 

 

Radio has reached a crossroads. After a century of broadcasting on AM and FM, we are told that – starting in the technology-rich countries perhaps as soon as 2010 - those more or less dependable analogue electromagnetic transmissions will be turned off. Some fundamental decisions about what radio is and how we want to continue to use it cannot be avoided. Neither by practitioners, nor listeners, nor indeed by students of this venerable, once magical, now taken for granted medium.

Radio has reached a crossroads in two senses – both of which are the consequence of our tentatively embracing digital transmission technology. The first sense is technical: by which routes shall we decide to send and receive radio programmes? DAB? DRM? ...

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