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06/24/2009

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Listener-controlled radio. Are they crazy?

Posted on Wed Jun 24 2009

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Kudos to CBS on its move to launch the industry's first completely user-controlled on-air radio show next week in San Francisco. According to Mediaweek, KITS-FM will use the Jelli social-media service to allow listeners to "create the playlist, determining what is broadcast over the airwaves seconds before it plays. The community can even vote to pull a song off the air instantly." Of course, this kind of power must be rationed out in small doses—from 10 p.m. until midnight on Sunday nights. I've developed a playlist that can't fail: Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper." Just the one song, played over and over. Come on, that's classic. Hear it once, and you've gotta hear it again. Who'd vote that off? My backup plan is Moby's "Southside." Who says radio's dead?

—Posted by David Gianatasio

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