I don't disagree that there's something very satisfying about hearing an announcer, for example, talking about a storm building off to the west... and hearing the crackle start to pick up on the dial... but... and this is a BIG but:MOST LISTENERS DON'T CARE ABOUT THE DELIVERY MECHANISM.
When I was a kid, I made tapes up to sound like a radio station and passed them out around school every week. When I went to summer camp and the bus we took had a tape player, I made tapes for the entire drive there with accurate time checks and current temps based on the (generous) predictions of one of our local TV meteorologists.
Not only were the kids loving the "station," the adults were confused that the signal was never fading.
It didn't matter that it wasn't over the air. It didn't matter that it wasn't live, even. All that mattered was that they liked the songs, and the DJ told some pretty corny jokes that made them laugh.
(It was REALLY funny when I told them it was me! How did they not recognize my voice? Good grief...)
I hate that at many stations, the delay of digital processing means I can't monitor my talk breaks directly off the air. HD is even worse. The internet has so much delay, I can aircheck myself during my show; about the time I take off my headphones, my break comes streaming back.
None of this matters to listeners. They get their TV stations over cable, they get their newspaper on their eReader, and they're getting their radio over the internet.
It's interesting to hear about all the hurdles and barriers to listening to internet radio, because I have numerous listeners who leave us on at work all day. Those are hours they are NOT listening to their local "listen while you work" station. A friend plugs his iPhone into his car stereo and drives all over this part of the station with hardly a hiccup (we sound GREAT through his stereo; I'm jealous!). I have numerous listeners tell me they take us with you on their Android phones and tablets.
I have a Livio radio on my nightstand that is my clock radio, waking me up to my station every morning... and it was easy to set up.
Certainly this is not everyone's experience, but I wanted to provide a balance to the "impossible" listening experiences mentioned above.
A just-released internet radio listener survey finds more than 20% of the audience says they split their listening time 50/50 with broadcast & internet radio. 49% say they listen MORE than half of their listening hours to internet radio vs. broadcast radio.
That means a whopping 71.5% of those listening to radio are doing more listening to internet radio than broadcast radio.
(Here's the survey in case you want to take a look.)http://www.audiographics.com/spclreport/survey55.htm
If it is any consolation, think of this: we're trading yesterday's static and fade for today's stuttering and hiccups. It's less-dependent on location than broadcast is, but internet radio is still harder to listen to from the other side of the world than it is next door, generally, because of the many jumps it has to make to get to you.
Tomorrow's internet DX'ers will brag about being able to hold a 128 kbps stream solid from somewhere in the Australian bush for an HOUR last night... no stuttering or dropouts or nothing!
This argument reminds me about the noise and fury when CDs began replacing records. Even today, there are "purisits" who HAVE to have the turntable rumble, clicks, pops and tracking distortion to enjoy a song. Add in more distortion from tube amps, and they're in seventh heaven.
Nothing wrong with that... it's just the rest of the world has left vinyl (and in many cases, physical media of ANY kind) behind.
I didn't like losing all the artwork the LP provided. I SURE don't like only getting a compressed file instead of an uncompressed CD... a file that can disappear the next time my hard drive crashes...
Few things are as satisfying to me as hearing my own voice crackle over the AM band... but those days are going away, and sooner rather than later.