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The Joy of Finding Truly Local Commercial Radio (Yes, It Exists)

While we mostly celebrate non-commercial radio here at Radio Survivor, that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate commercial radio when done well. The problem is that in the 20 years since the 1996 Telecom Act grossly deregulated radio ownership, the quality of most commercial radio dropped precipitously, leaving many stations with very little local programming, with […]

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At CES cars use direct 4G LTE connection for internet radio, but data is a speedbump

Like the last few years, the connected dashboard is the most important news from the Consumer Electronics Show for radio. This initiative reached a new level of maturity this year. But at the same time, the always looming specter of wireless data costs and threats to internet freedom pose road hazards for the development of […]

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Slacker adds Weather Channel local forecasts

Weather reports and alerts are a mainstay of most live radio broadcasts, especially during drivetime, and there are plenty of apps that will deliver forecasts to your smartphone. However, updated local weather is more difficult to obtain on streaming services if you’re not just listening to a local station’s stream. Today Slacker Radio releases a […]

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Mobile radio apps jump from the smartphone to the dashboard at CES

Three years ago at CES car stereos started talking to smartphones to control apps like Pandora. This year radio apps are moving en masse from the smartphone into the dashboard. Smartphones still provide the critical mobile data link, although one auto manufacturer announced a deal to integrate that access directly in the dash. Two major […]

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Cadillac becomes the first US auto manufacturer to include HD Radio technology…but will anyone listen?

On the heels of recent announcements from both Hyundai and Mazda, each stating they would expand HD Radio in select car models in 2012 and 2013, Cadillac said today they will become the first US car manufacturer to include HD Radio as standard equipment in some Spring 2012 models.  HD Radio will be part of […]

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