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Do you think radio shows (in general) can be popular again?

Want to add your own opinion? Email me! Don't forget to read the rules, though.

It's hard to say. NPR's (National Public Radio) mind-blowing adaptations of "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back" in the early-80s scored huge ratings, as did their belated "Return of the Jedi" production years later in the mid-90s. But they might have been popular just because there's so many "Star Wars" fans. But I think radio shows in general could never be as popular as they once where. People today are just so used to going to the movies, video stores, and watching TV to get their entertainment that I doubt many of them would be willing to sit down and just listen for a half-hour. I'm sure there would be those who would, myself being one of them, but aside from the occasional experiment here and there (like NPR's "Star Wars" programs), I just have to doubt that weekly radio programs could ever catch on like they used to.

—Michael M.

Ah, a much debated question. I've caught a few radio shows from public stations and stations that just run old radio shows. I believe, yes they could become popular once more. However, they must find another format. Perhaps on the internet as mp3's or livecast shows.

Well, I would say that while the "majority" of people wouldn't be interested, there are still a lot of people who would be. The advantage Radio has to TV is that a very professional sounding program can be done on less than 1/2 the budget (at least online anyway). So, while Radio would possibly be better, and while an updated radio version of "The Shadow" would be extremely kewl, it'd be up to the fans to create it.

—Alex Case


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