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27 March 2020 - 5:46pm
This is a very city centric report.
Virtually no digital radio for regional areas given that there are only 8 DAB+ transmission channels available in the populated areas of Australia. High power transmitters have to be at least 336 km apart.
No live radio for the 470,000 Australians + tourists and itinerant workers in remote areas once they are mobile away from home or villages.

With the large areas of fires, no radio which can display maps of the affected areas, giving detailed text instructions and the re-routing of GPS around closed roads, remembering that mobile phones and wireless NBN towers and their powerlines are most venerable to fire.
ACMA's report on the future delivery of radio
25 March 2020 - 12:07pm
These are overseas surveys. The USA have the not popular HDradio, now new cars have a wifi hotspot which uses a built in mobile internet/phone transceiver and they have pay satellite radio. Here the phone is the receiver and unless a dashboard mount is used the antenna is shielded by the metal of the car giving unreliable reception except in city areas.

USA's HD radio of out of car sales are virtually non existent, where as for DAB+ used here and in Europe there is a much bigger range of home radios.

In the USA the telcos have disabled the FM radio in mobile phones, particularly apple products to protect their iTunes. In Australia nearly all mobile phones except Apple, the FM radio works but usually requires you to use the headphone cable for an antenna.

It remains to be seen how many people listen to their ipads, smart speakers, phones and computers as compared to a radio. I just hope that there is no environmental emergency where all of the above list except the radio can fail to silence due to electricity blackouts.
Is radio about to get its biggest reality check?
25 March 2020 - 11:53am
This is good, but it would be very interesting to find out what proportion of listeners are listening to AM or FM programs through a DAB+ receiver. These results do not tell you that.
Remember that many AM programs are produced in stereo and that all DAB+ receivers can receive stereo. Those with a single speaker have stereo on the headphone socket, car receivers can be heard in stereo with their wide spaced speakers.
Just remember that for AM broadcasters between 67 - 100 percent of the transmitted power contains no sound signals, where as in DAB+ does not do this. Also for all DAB+ broadcasters they share the cost of transmission with other broadcasters without this waste of electricity.
AirCheck now monitors all major DAB+ stations
25 March 2020 - 7:52am
“This mood targeting product gives advertisers the opportunity to target with contextual relevance as well as apply best practice creative scenarios to each. The Studio at SCA and SoundVibes’ creative treatment ensures messaging is on point for the listening occasion and able to deliver optimum attention and engagement.”

WTF does this mean? We are supposed to be in the communications business!
SCA launches mood targeting and interactive shakeable audio ads
Anthony The Koala
25 March 2020 - 4:56am
When it comes to ratings of radio stations, in recent years, the total proportion of radio stations participating in the survey, for example in Sydney participation in the ratings survey has been between 86% and 87%. In the 1970s, that would be typically 98%.

So could the growth of non-participants from 1.5% (in the 1970s) to 13%-14% in the ratings be explained by community radio and the BOG (for example 2SM) alone?

NOTE: I call on higher authorities to explain whether podcasts and streaming services such as Spotify contribute to the 13%-14% of non-participants to the ratings service.

Then, discussed on this site is that one of the threats to radio station's terrestrial and its IP streaming services are IP services such as Spotify with customised playlists. To illustrate some car infotainment systems integrate IP streaming services and VOD. Recently on this site, Tesla's infotainment system have decided to remove AM and FM services.

When it comes to podcasts there are hundreds and thousands of these podcasts and not all podcasts necessarily will continue, especially by small time producers unless they are supported by other organisations or entities promoting these podcasts such as News Corp, Nine Media and the ABC. Note that I have already made a comment on the support of podcasts on this site.

When it comes to covid-19 podcasts, it raises the issue I have raised elsewhere on this site. Given that anyone with a microphone and sound card can produce a podcast, how do you know the credibility of the podcast's content?

We could certainly trust the ABC's Dr Norman Swan's podcast on the COVID-19 at https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/coronacast/. However, how do we know the credibility of other podcasts? There there may well be some snake-oil merchants selling non-evidence-based potions or the podcast maker having some axe to grind conspiracy theory.

Unless the podcast's content about medical issue is evidence-based and not some crackpot, I'd stick to credible sources such as the ABC.

As a result in these trying times, it is best to stick to our ABC or other authority associated with evidenced-based colleges and professional bodies.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Is radio about to get its biggest reality check?
Mike Jacobson
24 March 2020 - 2:53am
Unless you've ever written an opinion piece praising Alan Jones, which seems unlikely, a disclaimer to that effect would at least warn readers of your bias. Alan Jones continues to send wrong message about COVID-19
Anthony The Koala
23 March 2020 - 4:05pm
Dear author,
I would like to comment on the reporting of comparing the incidents of COVID-19 by commentators and the media's reporting on the triaging procedures by intensive care specialists.

First, I do listen to Alan Jones. I found another flaw in Alan's comparison of COVID-19 and other influenza-type infections. True, more people have passed away from other influenza-type infections. But that is at the moment as at 23-03-2019.

Whether the COVID-19 infections arise from recent arrivals from risky areas around the world or by spreading through the community, the spread of infection is occurring exponentially with incidence of infections today is greater than the previous day's reports of infections.

People with other influenza-type infections may well be immune from other influenza-type infections when people move as a herd or crowd.Immunity from other influenza-type infections may be by individual humans being resistant due to previous infections OR by having influenza injections.

However, such a broad community/herd immunity from COVID-19 does not exist. The result is that Federal and State medical authorities advising our Prime Minister and Premious have implemented measures such as self-quarantine, keeping a safe 1.5m distance from other people and keeping a 4m-squared isolation in enclosed structures. Today, 23-03-2020, the Premiers have announced various businesses and religous institutions with enclosed structures to close. This is to reduce the chance of the spread of infection. Otherwise, if such measures are carried out too late, it may well be like the situation in Italy. Time will tell.

Second, the reporting on intensive care triaging has been sensational. On the 16th March 2020, the "Sunrise" program's news highlights on the hour and half hour broadcast a graphic of an extract of a section of a 'triaging' procedure by the ANZICS ('Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Specialists'), a specialist college for professionals in Intensive Care. The reporter said that the ANZICS will apply Italian-style triaging of patients by not treating patients over a certain age and letting them die.

These repeated reports on the "Sunrise" program resulted in me being in distress because I am caring a person who is not a "spring chicken" and if that person is infected she would not be treated and fobbed off to die.

I wrote to both "Sunrise" and ANZICS. "Sunrise" never replied but the CEO of the ANZICS replied "...Nowhere in our guidelines to the intensive care workforce, does it say there will be any triaging of patients along the lines purported by Sunrise. A journalist (with no medical background has drawn inappropriate conclusions to generate a sensationalist story)...", that this reply"....allays any concerns that you may have after seeing this ‘story’ on sunrise..."

In both situations the application of statistics without background information on immunity and the practice of news broadcasters sensationalizing stories should stop.

Thank you,
Anthony of Belfield
Alan Jones continues to send wrong message about COVID-19
Anthony Bollea
21 March 2020 - 9:42pm
This bloke got photos of someone or something? Matt de Groot adds Wide World Of Sports commentator to his busy schedule
19 March 2020 - 12:04pm
While pantyhose do work as a low cost make shift pop filter to lessen air hitting the mic when you say plosive sounds such as 'P,' there is no evidence to suggest that they could help filter out the virus. See a discussion about it here https://technorama.org.au/?p=3571.

We have added mention of this to the article above.
Tips for securing studios and ensuring business continuity during Coronavirus
19 March 2020 - 12:02pm
Do you think we could use pantyhose as a virus filter? I have seen it suggested elsewhere. Tips for securing studios and ensuring business continuity during Coronavirus


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