From Plant-Powered Audio Systems to Custom Radio News Apps

By: Jana Pijak - Dec 17, 2014
This list of radio innovations includes examples like custom radio news apps and plant-powered audio systems that defy convention. While traditional radio may be less popular than it once was, a growing interest in podcasts is making audio programs a hit for mass audiences once again.

Podcasts like This American Life and its recent spin-off series Serial have made storytelling radio shows more popular than television. Reviving retro entertainment, these narrative programs immerse listeners into their world and provide them with a sense of mental stimulation they may not otherwise get when watching their favorite TV show.

On the technological front, mobile radio apps and subscriptions are a staple of the latest smartphone models while traditional sound systems are taking on a nostalgic look. From the personalized to the vintage-inspired, retro radio devices are taking the place of modernist sound systems. This pattern is a result of the music industry's recent revival of nostalgic tech like record players and vinyl LPs.

App developers are also using radio technology to bring romantic pairs together through voice-activated dating apps and are creating modernized tech devices that take inspiration from retro jukebox sound systems.

When examining the marketing industry, major brands are sharing their message on the airways with compelling and thought-provoking ads that target consumers who are likely to commute to and from work.