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Podcasts – the new digital radio

In 2004, Adam Curry and Dave Winer invented the podcast, a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series.

In our current new-age of digital and innovative ideas, podcasts are a trend that everyone is talking about, even debating whether it will replace radio. However, we cannot deny the benefits of this new tool for both creators and their audiences.

Podcast helps creators save and keep record of their valuable content for listeners. Travelers can also benefit a lot from podcasts as they can listen to them while going from one destination to another. Moreover, podcasts are being used as reference.

Podcasts as a reference

With this growing trend, many Internet radio stations are broadcasting conventionally in their countries of origin and running a simultaneous online broadcast so that people elsewhere in the world can tune in (Argentina’s FM Tango, for instance).

In addition, international tier 1 news channels have their own podcast channels such as BBC and CNN.

The Telegraph has also launched a new weekly audio guide to the best podcasts and digital radio stations, hosted by award-winning radio critic Gillian Reynolds and podcast expert Pete Naughton.

The benefits mentioned earlier notwithstanding, we cannot say that podcasts are replacing radio, as the latter is live and cannot be edited. Podcasts, on the other hand are pre-recorded. Radio may enjoy a wider reach, podcasts have their own niche audience and are more convenient to access on-demand.

Most importantly, Radio has to be scheduled due to the audience needs, as for podcasts listeners can download and listen to the episodes anytime they want.

Wajd Breek is Account Manager at Cicero & Bernay Public Relations, an independent PR agency headquartered in Dubai offering new-age public relations consultancy to the UAE and across the MENA region. |