IQ: Radio nowhere 

An entertainment mainstay since the beginning of the 20th century, broadcast radio is sinking further into the wake of the shift to Internet and satellite radio. When we lose local stations and local DJs, do we lose an important part of our community?

click to enlarge iq1-1.jpg

Clayton Hull-Crew
North central


Do you listen to any broadcast radio? Yes I do, I listen to 91.5 mostly. I enjoy a lot of the talk shows they have, and they usually hit me with music I've never heard before and I'll find it interesting and look it up and have a new band.

Is there anything broadcast radio can do to salvage the industry? I think the HD radio is a good step, because that gives them the in-between channels.

Would it really matter if broadcast radio went out of business completely? Absolutely. I think that would be a terrible thing. Local radio stations, in my experience here and in my experience traveling, can give you a good flavor for an area; it tells you a lot about a place. And I think keeping that sort of thing in the community is important.

click to enlarge iq1-2.jpg

Mara Baker


Do you listen to any broadcast radio? I listen to NPR. I think that's the only radio I listen to, actually.

Do you listen to any streaming radio? I listen to Pandora every once in a blue moon.

What are your earliest memories of listening to broadcast radio? Driving around, when I was a little girl, my dad would listen to talk radio and I found it either soothing or boring, but either way it would put me to sleep.

How important is it for the radio you listen to to have a local component? Not very. I tend to get my local news from other sources like the Internet — I like to have a pretty varied array of sources for my news.

click to enlarge iq1-3.jpg

Anne Shiverdecker

Retail professional

Do you listen to any AM/FM radio? I listen to KTLF. It's a religious station. It lifts my spirits.

What are your earliest memories of listening to the radio? I've been listening since I was 5 or 6, in the '50s.

Is it important for radio to have a local aspect? I think it's important to support the community, and local radio is part of that.

If local stations went out of business, how would that affect you? As long as I could still listen to the music I listen to, I wouldn't have any problems switching to a different system of broadcast.

— Kevin Kehl


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in IQ

  • IQ: Tuck in, take out

    What happens when our dining experiences go pear-shaped?
    • Feb 3, 2011
  • IQ: Filling the lifeboats

    For years, our economy rode the crest of inflated home prices in a booming market. When the bubble popped, many were left thrashing in the deep end.
    • Jan 27, 2011
  • More »

Popular Events

  • "Transparency, Eccentricity, Crowds: Notes on War, Education & Literature" @ Mountain Fold Books

    • Sat., Nov. 5, 7-8 p.m.
  • Election Night Watch Party @ Antlers Hotel

    • Tue., Nov. 8, 6-10 p.m. $35
  • Watercolor Workshop @ Pikes Peak Library District, Rockrimmon Branch

    • Thu., Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m. Free
    • Buy Tickets
  • "Tuned-In: The Soundtrack of Your Life" @ Library 21c

    • Sat., Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. $175-$200
    • Buy Tickets
  • ROFL Stand-Up Open Mic @ Underground

    • Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues through Oct. 22 Free
    • 1 going/interested
    • Buy Tickets

More by Kevin Kehl

  • IQ: Winter, in reel life

    Maybe during next year's holiday season, we'll throw on the heavy coats and head to a local movie event. In the meantime, our film choices are two: the multiplex or the living-room couch.
    • Nov 19, 2009
  • IQ: Tweet 'n low

    Millions of Twitter users a day attempt to elevate the social-media outlet out of the realm of the trivial, in 140 characters or fewer.
    • Nov 5, 2009
  • IQ: Spreading the wealth

    Sure, people have scaled back their spending, but wallets will open again when the holidays arrive. And this week's Best Of categories highlight dozens of local stores.
    • Oct 22, 2009
  • More »

Top Viewed Stories

All content © Copyright 2016, The Colorado Springs Independent   |   Website powered by Foundation