There was a time when I habitually listened to the radio – magazine shows, music, and even – in darkest times – talk-back. Nowadays, it’s podcasts.
At best, radio is immediate ( it usually beats TV to breaking news, for example ), and can be a mine of information. It’s a companion by proxy, and there’s a low-level intimacy with favourite hosts.
At worst, it’s full of aging-remedy ads, and dinosaurs whining about ‘PC gone mad’ . Wealthy breakfast hosts masquerading as ordinary blokes make soothing noises and cheer on callous right-wing governments.
But for me and many others, podcasts – an audio format only available online – signal goodbye to all that.