Radio tends to me still better than playlists on google music. FM sounds better too. I dont pay for spotify, I have google play music with Youtube premium bundled. For me with the exception of sport I watch less TV and more Youtube.
I have discovered suburban community radio in the past few years. I do like Triple M night love songs creepy show. The music is a bit more random. There is my go to station during work hours being SWR FM. So for my music fix I find myself listening to radio these days.
The other problem with Spotify is that it’s very hard to search for user curated playlists. You should be able to type in an artist and see what playlists they appear on. At least you can search for compilation albums this way (through the ‘Appears on’ section). Spotify have a very limited number of compilations available, though (no Hitwave '81 and its ilk, etc.)
Playlists created by an actual human being are far superior to the automated crap that Spotify puts out. Of course, it’s trivial to find these playlists.
I find that searching on discogs.com for various compilation CDs (can search by artists) is better for music discovery. I then look up each track on YT and ‘play’ the compilation through my Watch Later playlist. But I’d agree with you all- nothing beats a live DJ who knows their music, but even on community radio these hosts are hard to find.
It must be the segment that airs at 1930 that’s putting @Laoma off.
The two shows I listen to without fail every week are The Mechie Show and Inphase on SWR. There are plenty of other good programmes as well. As a general rule, the better presenters and formats- for my tastes at least- are on air during the afternoons/evenings and on the weekend.
I think more hosts should upload their shows to somewhere like Mixcloud or Archive.org so that people can listen at their leisure. They’d get more exposure this way too. I’d imagine you’d have to get clearance with your station first, and then there are the copyright issues (Mixcloud pays a royalty though). A lot of British DJs upload their shows to Mixcloud.
Spotify and at streaming are too much stuffing around for me, and i don’t have an aux input in my car. I also feel a bit disconnected if I just had Spotify (No news, traffic etc) so FM mainly for me also.
That said I happened to be in Macksville lastnight when the Mechie show was on. Nelson was blasted along the old Pacific. Perhaps @Mechsta you need to get 2BBB to buy a bigger transmitter so the sounds of bellingen can be heard in Sydney
Re the ongoing ridiculous rebranding of everything and sundry to Triple M, I’ll reflect what @RFBurns said above and note that SCA have essentially devalued all their stations. Who ever buys them (carallis will probably end up with them) will need to rebrand and roll out transmission infrastructure. Not good selling points. I won’t rant about it, but imagine how confusing it will be particularly for those newer car radios that create a list of dab and fm stations. Lucky dip I guess.
The challenge is that Caralis already owns stations where SCA currently has radio presence, such as Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Orange, Dubbo & Toowoomba. If Caralis were to acquire some of the SCA stations in the aforementioned regional markets, then he would have to either divest some of them, or that Grants acquire either the SCA or Caralis stations.