Final PRPD Update
Interesting contrast to be handing out lifetime achievement awards and wrestling with the uncertain future presented by new technologies at the same conference. Perhaps the future would look more certain if public radio applied the collective wisdom gained in the past to today's challenges.
Public radio knows quite a bit about starting small, having lots of enthusiasm and not enough resources, and still developing a significant public service. We've done it before.
The listeners and their content needs have not changed. More important, public radio's understanding of those listeners and its expertise in creating that content has not changed.
It might be called "new media" but the most important lessons we learned from our "old medium" still apply.