There’s been a series of ads running on the radio stations here promoting the use of…. Radio.
Radio on smartphone devices, specifically.
Fact is, many phones contain an FM radio tuner. On some of these phones there’s an app provided to turn it on and listen. Here’s the stock HTC radio. (RDS supported, but displayed like 10 char at a time… Why??)
One of the other ads they’re running is for NextRadio, an Android app that works on many devices if an app wasn’t provided or if your wireless carrier ripped it out. Open NextRadio and you are provided with a channel list that’s even populated with what’s currently playing, if they have access to that
Switch the app to basic tuner mode if you want to manually choose the frequency… Auto scan does work properly and it finds the friendly local pirates.
It doesn’t appear to use RDS for the metadata. One interesting thing – unlike the htc radio app which is so laggy it feels as if it’s sending the commands to the radio out for translation to serial data via first class mail to Ochopee, Florida… NextRadio has no noticeable lag.
So as for the important requisite questions…
Do they have ads in the app? Not that I’ve noticed, however if you choose to buy albums via the built in links they probably get a commission. The website mentions it being able to sync visual and interactive content, I haven’t seen this in action yet.
Do they track your listening? Maybe. If so it’d be a pretty useful set of metrics for the sales people at your local radio stations, a hell of a lot more useful than Arbitron. If so, it’s just for aggregate stats.
Frequency hoarder (n). One who desires to add so many frequencies to the internal memory of their scanner or other radio device that they can easily fill the 1000 channels on a GRE scanner or any of the recent Yaesu radios* and find themselves dejectedly trying to figure out what won’t make the cut.
I am guilty of being a frequency hoarder. When will the scanners just read a CSV file off a microsd? I’m waiting…
* except for the 817/857/897 which only have 200!! Why, yaesu? Why did you make three rigs that beautifully span DC to 512 megacycles with no gaps in am/FM/ssb/cw/wide FM and then only give us 200 pigeon holes for our frequencies?!
If you told me years ago this would be a significant part of my job, I’d have had a lot of trouble believing you.
This, incidentally, is what you get when there’s no maintenance budget. This transmitter is the only one in house and can’t be taken off air to replace some bad relays. A potential great deal on a backup transmitter that would have allowed me to do so was allowed to go by the wayside so here I am kicking this box to make it stop dumping half its output power in the system isolator load due to an IPA select relay fault.
The relays responsible for making me have to kick the transmitter.
<fnord> Yes, Miguel, rest assured those are leather pants. Would you expect any less? </fnord>
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I saw two AM towers I’d never noticed before while driving away from the site WDNA-FM is on after fixing a major case of explosive Z-Bola (more on that in another post). I’d never seen them lit before despite them having beacons at the tops? I drove in for a closer look and whooooa brother is there ever a mess to be found here. This is a good example of bad broadcast engineering and maintenance practices. FOUL!!! Read more “WOIR-AM… There are no words”