Saturday, December 15, 2007

Traffic on the 'This is a recording'

Shoveling snow

That Guy Tai writes on his blog about the lack of live local radio, - Blogs: the Tai-rade -The Need To Know:
"Last night at a little after 7, I found out that a section of 128 was virtually impassable, and had jackknifed tractor-trailers and abandoned cars blocking the traffic. How did I find this out? On satellite radio. I found it because I needed to know what was going on in order to get home safely. I had never listened to the traffic this way before. This bummed me out way more than any steroid scandal. How could WBZ, the region’s station of record, just act like nothing was going on and broadcast a Bruins game?"
I replied on Tai's blog:
Hi Tai,
I agree with you 100%. I was at home yesterday fielding calls from my wife, who was trapped on 128. she wanted INFORMATION and wasn't getting it from WBZ, WRKO or ANY radio station out there.

When she called, I turned on the TV and went to the web. There wasn't anything better out there either.

Reporters were measuring the height of the snow with wooden rulers and interviewing people at rest stops.

There was NO information about what was happening.

My wife was trying to decide if she should attempt to get off at the Route 30 exit, and her only source of information on what was happening there was to look out her car window.

We have got to solve this communication problem.
You might remember that I was complaining about this problem with local radio earlier.

I am going to start working on a solution.

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  1. Part of the problem is there are no more radio stations other than "the big guys" in Boston. At one time, there were any number of communities that had their own "Hometown Radio" stations that would stay on the air from morning until night, passing along what would be the most mundane information like parking bans at the downtown parking lot and local power outages from people listening on battery-powered radios. But, alas, those days are gone.

  2. Anonymous9:17 AM

    Too bad you can't tap into all those road censors and traffic cams that the tv stations (smartroutes?) has.

    Of course all those people on the roads could have text messaged each other if there were "how is my driving" stickers on everyone's bumper.

  3. Anonymous10:14 AM

    the viewer: Those days are coming back! Check out for information on the legislative action to create Low-Power FM. Last I checked, thing were going well!

    Steve: you are right, action needs to be taken!

  4. briandigital: Between terrain issues, religious broadcasters applying for "translators" for their stations located somewhere in the middle of nowhere and co-adjacent frequency issues with current commercial broadcasters, LPFM in Boston (and for that matter most of New England) is a dead issue. Legal microbroadcasting (NOT pirate broadcasting) could be a possibility, but the reach that is available through microbroadcasting wouldn't accomplish a larger mission of putting traditional media in the hands of the smaller masses.