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WIFI Is Part of The New Media
While old Media continues to flounder, New Media advances are surging forward.
VTech has introduced a new $200 WiFi radio that promises to make traditional radio irrelevant.
The horribly named VTech IS9181 is a Wi-Fi music streaming device designed to make accessing the near-infinite variety of Internet radio as easy as traditional radio.
The IS9181 connects to any wireless network (802.11 b & g) and lets you access more than 11,000 free Internet radio stations worldwide. It also lets you access audio files (MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real) stored on you Wi-Fi-enabled computer (PC or Mac). The IS9181 also offers localized weather (based on zip code).
The End of Traditional Radio in the Home?
The IS9181, and devices like it, are going to rapidly make traditional radio's obsolete.
The device works like a radio, but it gives you access to thousands of stations that you can’t get on a traditional radio, while still giving you local weather.
How long can traditional radio and even satellite radio, last with competition like this?
IS9181 Key Features:
* 802.11 digital Wi-Fi
* Internet radio streaming from 11,000 stations; ability to search for any stations that stream online
* Internet radio station search from VTech’s site or on the device itself
* Ability to preset favorites on the product or online
* PC or Mac-stored MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, Real music file playing
* Ability to connect an MP3 player or any audio device with a 3.5mm headset jack using the provided cord
* Ability to connect the IS9181 (via RCA connections) to other audio systems for streaming access
* Internal 2.1 speakers
* Convenient remote to browse, select and control music from across the room
* AC Power Adapter
* Battery-operated option (requires six AA batteries, not included)
* MSRP: $199.95
* One-year limited warranty
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During these tumultuous times in traditional radio, the most obvious overlooked area is communications. With all the downsizing, rumors of more change, and salary reductions, employees need more personal attention than ever. It takes little effort to briefly interact with co-workers.
Program Directors and the Workplace
One of the most important things for a program director is to understand the duties of other departments in a station. It's a process, but casual lunches work well. These situations help people understand the job duties of others and open doors to mutual exchanges of information.
Always be careful not to expose personal information, as it could be used for gossip. Do not speak ill of other office workers or station policies. Listen, and the other person will teach and inform. It is one of the best ways to form a business relationship with co-workers. Increased knowledge is a valuable work tool, providing clarity to how all departments are connected to numerous problems and solutions.
Program directors and operations managers need to be aware of the pulse of a radio station. The trick is to do it in a timely fashion without letting anything interfere with daily duties. It is very important to get as much work done as possible before walking the halls.
During business hours, encourage co-workers to place memos or proposals in a slot outside your door. If such a slot does not exist, have engineering construct something. After business hours, instruct employees to slide information underneath your door. Keep the slot emptied for security reasons and so employees can see their communications have not been ignored.
Acknowledge interoffice e-mails with a thank you or some sort of response indicating awareness. Have a system for returning phone calls and prioritize daily chores. Select a portion of the day to keep your door open. On an unconscious level, it suggests availability.
Walking the Hallways
Make a to-do list handy or utilize an Internet calendar. In either case, get a handle on everything before walking the hallways in search of information. Casually check in briefly with each department and get a sense of the employees' day. Snapshots can provide glimpses into pitfalls, who's sick, which sales persons never meet deadlines, why the midday personality is tired, and many little things requiring attention.
These office strolls should not take more than thirty minutes. Consider them akin to political tracking polls and the workplace as the candidate. For the most part, it lets employees see a thoughtful human being. Set the tone and do not allow these encounters to gravitate towards gossip. The more one knows, the easier it is to lead.