Changing the way you listen to radio

While some radio broadcasters may be feeling threatened by the increasing emergence of alternative listening options, such as online audio and podcasting, at 98.5 Sonshine FM, the radio station where I work, we’re embracing the change.

We’ve finally launched 98.5 Sonshine FM’s Audio On Demand service, giving listeners much greater flexibility in how they listen to their favourite programmes and making a range of content available to people around the globe.

Our General Manager, Barry Grosser, says that the listening audience needs to be heard, “If we want people to listen to us we need to be ready to listen to them. We’ve heard from many people who are unable to listen to some of our programmes at the time of broadcast. It was up to us to find a solution that gave listeners what they wanted. New online technology has given us that solution.”

You now have access to a range of audio features via the website. In addition to being able to listen live online, anyone with a reasonable internet connection can select from a wide range of archived interviews and segments.

Many programme highlights are available to listen to online or to be downloaded for later listening. Listeners can also subscribe to podcasts of various regular programme segments, which means that their favourites will be automatically downloaded to their MP3 Player. Additionally, you can now search for the details of a song or artist that you’ve heard on 98.5 Sonshine FM at any time of the day or night.

Audio On Demand opens up some exciting possibilities in widening the listenership of 98.5 Sonshine FM. People will no longer be locked into listening to programming elements when they are initially broadcast. People from all over the world now have access to weekly segments such as my discussions with Ross Clifford about Spirituality and Belief or Solid Rock’s Heartrock at a time that suits them.

Other programming highlights available will be interviews from specialist segments such as Sunday Celebration and Monday night’s Praise Oz. You’ll also be able to hear a range of segments featuring special guests from my Morning Programme including Joan Grosser from Growing Families, Psychologist and Counsellor Genevieve Milnes, Life Skills Trainer Jill Bonanno, Movie Reviewer Aaron Kamp and several others.

I’m particularly pleased about getting this service up and running because many of the segments that I broadcast will be made accessible to people around the world.

I hope you can take the time to have a look around at the options available and let me know what you think. Let me know if you subscribe to any podcasts or if you find any other segments that interest you.

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A new start

It’s almost time.

Kids all over Western Australia are squeezing the last life out of their school holidays as they look towards starting their studies for another year. Our kids will be back at their desks tomorrow. Emily will move up to Year 6 and James will be a Year 3 in 2007. It’s hard to believe that they’re growing up so fast.

The start of the new school year is a strange time because there’s the disappointment that holidays are coming to an end but there’s also the excitement of being in a new class, catching up with classmates, making new friends.

What were you like on the last few days of your school holidays? Were you the kind of kid who couldn’t wait to get back to school or did you wish that holidays would last forever? What kind of parent are you? Are you looking forward to your kids being back in school to give you a break or do you enjoy having them around? I know that Pauline loves spending time with Emily and James during the holidays and she has once again made sure that the kids have had a wonderful time over the past several weeks.

If your kids are about to start the 2007 school year, I hope that they’re well and truly rested and I especially hope that our teachers have had a good break. School teachers do a magnificent job. I don’t envy them for a moment and they certainly deserve to enjoy their time off.

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