Very, very interesting news – keep an eye on this site for news about Barney Simon’s radio future. I spoke to him on Saturday at The Rock Concert 6 at Carnival City, and he indicated his interest in releasing his show as a podcast while he works on bringing his choice of rock music back into mainstream radio.
I definitely underestimated Barney’s tech-savvy on this one – podcasting is the perfect medium for rock (and any other style of alternative) radio in South Africa’s licensing-choked broadcast industry. Hopefully the podcast will stay online even once he goes over the air again.
Suddenly, after being solicited to us for weeks, within days of R.E.M. leaving the country, no more of their music is being played by mainstream radio. How sad. I hope the DJs and their producers, as well as the concert promoters feel very shameful at their blatant attempts to exploit the public.
Does the SABC really think we’re that stupid?