…young people are listening to music on iPods now, not radio (despite what Nielson says…) as FM radio loses music listeners, it opens the door for talk radio.
Since children tend to be the opposite of their parents (it’s a rule!), there are probably more than few 20 something Glenn Beck fans, especially if he invades their FM radio and they actually listen to his show, not what other people say he says…
production values of AM programming are improving – because AM programming is now streaming on the internet and on HD channels, it’s no longer good enough to have a mono phone quality analog signal with 60 Hz hum. (…) After you listen to AM digital on the internet, you don’t want to go back to over the air.
There is group of people who get much enjoyment over DXing – which means trying to listen to radio stations very far away and letting them know you heard them (you send them a QSL card stating the date, time, and signal quality of what you heard – and if they are real old-timers, they might reply with a thank you card :))… but the Internet is undermining that hobby.
Other than as a fallback if/when the internet goes down some day, it’s much easier and simpler to use internet radio guides to listen to far away stations than to stand on the roof of your barn holding a directional antenna in a thunderstorm to try to pick up that station in Australia 🙂