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Radio Survivor’s 2011 Year in Review

Radio Sound Only Sign at KZSC (Photo: J. Waits)

Radio Sound Only Sign at KZSC (Photo: J. Waits)

Happy 2012.

Over the past few weeks, Matthew, Paul and I have written up our obligatory “year-end” pieces, summarizing some of the big radio trends from 2011.

I covered college radio in my article, 2011: The Year that College Radio Fought Back, Paul wrote about some of the technological changes in music in his piece, 2011: The Year Radio Entered the Cloud, and Matthew covered Internet radio and social networking in 2011: The Year that Internet Radio Went Social.

All three of these topics were covered throughout the year on Radio Survivor, but there were some additional stories that proved to be compelling for readers. The biggest radio story of the year in terms of traffic was about Family Radio and its founder Harold Camping. In fact, the majority of our top ten stories were about Harold Camping’s role in predicting Judgment Day and the end of the world (May 21 and October 21, respectively). Additionally, one of the top search terms bringing people to Radio Survivor was “Harold Camping.” Recent changes at KGO also drew in a lot of readers and even though these changes took place within the past few weeks of 2011, “KGO” jumped to 2nd place in terms of search terms bringing people to Radio Survivor. Others came to the site looking for information on the following topics: Pandora Alternative, Zune, KUSF, Spotify, Opie and Anthony salary, Lynn Samuels, and Randy Michaels.

Here are the Most Read Stories of 2011 on Radio Survivor:

1. Family Radio Counts Down to Judgment Day on May 21

2. Harold Camping to Issue Statement Today on Non-Rapture

3. Harold Camping Explains that Judgment Day was Spiritual

4. KGO Cuts Talk Shows, Angers Many San Francisco Listeners

5. Microsoft Cancels Zune HD, Leaving One Last Portable HD Radio on the Market

6. Family Radio’s Harold Camping Speaks, End of World “Probably” on October 21

7. Harold Camping Issues Vague Apology, Says World Will End Without Warning

8. My Kindle Fire is an Internet Radio

9. Behind the Scenes at Family Radio as May 21st Judgment Day Approaches

10. Talk Radio Lovers Facebook and Tweet Pain over KGO Host Bloodbath


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2 Responses to Radio Survivor’s 2011 Year in Review

  1. Guise Faux January 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Until stumbling across Radio Survivor last year I hadn’t paid much attention to the college radio scene since the 1980s. Your excellent and informative articles throughout 2011 made this one of the radio related sites I read several times a week.

    And while too many media observers and pundits indulged themselves in cheap shots from a safe distance at Harold Camping and WYFR, Jennifer Waits actually made the effort to meet with Camping to get a sense of the man and the operation he represented.

    Waits’ restrained style resulted in a series of articles that were free of the snark, assumptions and condemnations that plagued most other media reports (including my own satirical take). Articles seen elsewhere online about the would-be prophet seemed more about the writers’ biases than about Camping and the impact of WYFR on the radio scene. In that regard, both self-identified Christian writers and purported free speech advocates were equally guilty.

    That series was the best anywhere online on Camping and WYFR. Well done.

  2. Jennifer Waits January 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Guise Faux,

    Thank you so much for the kind words. It was fascinating covering the Family Radio story and I felt like it was important to represent it as a radio story since others weren’t really delving into that. I was amazed that Harold Camping did a call in talk radio show for 50 years and hoped to get some insight into his passion for radio when I had my short meeting with him.


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