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Phones, Twitter, Facebook

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 8:53 am
by musica22
I am curious to know if listeners are still calling into radio stations to connect with the jocks and give feedback. I was listening to a night jock at my local Country station recently and instead of getting phone calls for a poll he was doing, it was all responses to his Twitter page. I know that sites like Twitter and Facebook are becoming more popular for stations to make use of, since that's where the listeners are every day...so is the phone system going to eventually die out?

Are we not even going to talk out loud anymore, is it all going to be online? Instead of writing letters, it's now emails...and instead of calling in, it's now Twitter responses. Is the connection with the listeners actually lost even more so, if they aren't actually talking to them in person?

Might be a silly topic, but I found it to be interesting. Anyone have any thoughts?

Re: Phones, Twitter, Facebook

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 2:27 pm
by buzz
Twitter's not as big as everyone thinks. It's getting all the hype right now, but Facebook is bigger. Doesn't answer your question, I know, sorry.

Re: Phones, Twitter, Facebook

Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:19 am
by thebearair
The phones have been dying and in fact at most stations are dead, and it's not due to any of the social networking sites. The phones are dead because in most cases there is only one live show usually mornings, so the listener only has a brief 4 hour window to actually speak to an on air personality. The listeners have given up, and know that their phone call will go unanswered 20 out of 24 hours a day. The practice of Voice tracking has killed audience interaction. Shame on us and corporate radio.

Re: Phones, Twitter, Facebook

Posted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:45 pm
by SkyPotato
I agree. It's sad but true. Email seems to be more the norm now for the listeners that are still trying. There are some great local shows out there still but so rare now!

Re: Phones, Twitter, Facebook

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 3:05 pm
by Drunkdog
TheBearAir - you are so right. I miss the old days, when people actually worked in the studios, took calls, incorporated listener response into their shows, played more records, etc.

I feel sorry for the next generation. They will never know what "real" radio was like.