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Commercial radio in Wales – why so poor?

A student called Aimee writes with a very Welsh set of questions. As ever, happy to help by responding on my blog. Since I know I have a lot of Welsh readers – am I talking rubbish? Please chime in: the comments are open to all.

Why do you think the commercial radio industry in Wales is struggling, despite this weeks Rajar figures showing 845,000 more listeners to radio across the UK? (Ofcom’s research also highlights that 62% of the radio listening hours in Wales were attributed to BBC services. Local commercial stations attracted a share of 26%, which was lower than in any of the other nations. The UK average is 32%.)

Talking Civic Pride With Ira Glass

This American Life recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. A decade on the air, all of it here in Chicago. Though the program has never been about the city of Chicago itself, many residents take pride in the fact it originates here.

When Ira Glass announced that the program would be moving to New York, some Chicagoans, took the news personally. A recent discussion here at Gapers Block elicited some strong feelings… But how does Ira Glass himself feel about leaving Chicago? Dave Elfving met with him at the Chicago Public Radio studios on Navy Pier to find out.


Ever since we started the Music Genome Project, our friends would ask:

Can you help me discover more music that I’ll like?

Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs.

We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you.

The Mercury Theatre on the Air

The finest radio drama of the 1930’s was The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a show featuring the acclaimed New York drama company founded by Orson Welles and John Houseman. In its brief run, it featured an impressive array of talents, including Agnes Moorehead, Bernard Herrmann, and George Coulouris. The show is famous for its notorious War of the Worlds broadcast, but the other shows in the series are relatively unknown. This site has many of the surviving shows, and will eventually have all of them.