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Technology Calls Talk Radio

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Blah, blah, blah…  Maybe that’s what we sound like to our lesser selves, when we’re not feeling clever.

The sound that our minds hear, when technology is stale, like AM radio.  It’s what happens when technology is no longer exciting or fun.  Luckily, that isn’t the case with our smart technology.

The true ingenuity of apps, isn’t just what they’re capable of doing today but what inventiveness we conjure up tomorrow.  Those applications we add onto our devices to make them uniquely ours, that even if we could, who wouldn’t put back into the box.

How quickly we’d become outraged if we were restricted to the limits of a landline phone!  It would be a little bit like the Prohibition Era, a fertile ground where even the most law abiding citizen would become incorrigible.

It’s not like that with the radio, because the radio is for all practical purposes mostly unchanged.   It’s clung to its form like no other technology.  Here and there a tweak, maybe to bandwidth, or stereo and most recently high definition.  But really, nothing monumental.  It seems as if innovation stayed away; rarely fetching a nod of approval from a futurist because radio is, well unimagined as anything other than what it is, which is odd.  But maybe that’s simply because it’s great technology.

Other than the housing, nothing has changed.  Sure the components have gone from big to small, but the skeletal form has been slow to change.  Copper wire, a crystal, a glass vacuum tube, a solid state transistor and printed board circuitry.  And from this, the new breed of technology, as if it were a testing gorund.

Interestingly our sense of sound, when culled by a radio gets our attention in that old nostalgic way of a family gathered around a radio.  Talk radio and a sports game can engage us, especially when a talented sports announcer does that energetic play by play, colorful analyst.  We “see” the game in our imaginations, through his spoken words.  A gift really.

I’m only thinking about radios now, because I recently read an article that suggested white gaps in mobile technology can be used in low end areas.  Areas like zoos, that aren’t being supported by cellular.  Utilized in those areas where data traffic is in low demand and voice transmission might be beneficial.  Capturing that signal, as it bounces around mountain ranges, in leap-frog fashion across the earth’s curves, travelling along a noisy bandwidth.

It’s the same premise of a radio’s frequency signals, amplitude and modulated that evolved from analog to digital.  Then, like now, bandwidth space became choppy at lower ends, gaps caused white noise and eventually, those spaces were sold.  Think AM talk radio.

Maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t it be something if we could be more inventive with radio??? In the Digital Age we might be more efficient, and not resort to old timey problem solving, maybe that’s the reason it’s called a communication gap.

Blah-blah-blah…  that’s when we become our lesser  selves, and not up to feeling clever.

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For Another Time

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I was listening to music on the radio, when the Dee-Jay invited listeners to call in with their stories.

One young woman called in to say that she had recently lost 150 pounds. Happiness oozed from the airwaves. She said that after years of being teased and bullied; she had been plagued by obesity. And although she lived with the fear of putting the weight back on, she carried a photograph of herself, a “Self-Fattie” she called it; it was both a reminder and a deterrent.

I paused. Having grown up during the “Leave It to Beaver” Mrs. Cleaver era of stringed pearls and frilly aprons; I appreciated the caller’s honesty. I never looked like my Barbie doll and I never resembled the models in the magazines.

For many girls, growing up and not quite fitting into a “one size fits all” world is very difficult. I was moved by the discussion, but the moment didn’t last.

“We’re so happy you can fit into your skinny jeans!” the female disc jockey chuckled, then hung up from the caller.
And just like that, she cut off the stream of social consciousness.

“We’re heading into a commercial free hour of music,” she announced, and mentioned a possible rain shower.

I thought about the caller and bullying– from the schoolyards to cyber- bullying on the internet. It warranted further discussion, especially with a female disc jockey; part of a social triumphant moment. The music started and a voice sang “don’t it feel good?”

Normally, I would’ve sung along, belted out the chorus…

Perhaps, at another time.

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