November 2, 1920, saw the launch of the world’s first commercial station, KDKA (AM). In 1933, Edwin Howard Armstrong successfully patented FM radio, and radios began adopting FM bands from the late 50s to the 60s.
Now, it’s been a little over two decades since the advent of internet radio technologies like Icecast in 1998, allowing traditional AM and FM stations to reach audiences online.
Satellite radios also came to prominence at the turn of the 21st Century. And Norway has become the first country to shut off FM radio, in favor of digital radio.
Some feared that emergence of on-demand music streaming services, including AccuRadio, Apple Music, Spotify, and others, might shroud the radio star, but come 2019, radio is still resilient, and marching into the future.
Today, let’s examine trends that might shape the future of radio.