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Francie81
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Ok it might sound daft to most of you but am wondering is their anyway (by means of software) to find out how many people are tuning in to your frequency?
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Not that I am aware of. Nothing from their radios reaches you.

Of course an Internet web-stream is different because listeners have to "request" the audio from a server.

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Ahh rite thanks for that nigel. I had a feeling their wasn't just thought I'd ask anyway, ye and thats another good thing about a web-stream.
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If there were such a way to achieve the number of persons tuned into a given frequency (over the air, via standard AM/FM frequencies) trust me-
Arbiton (or whatever ratings service is applicable in your neck of the woods) would have jumped on that band wagon the second it was tested & proved.

Of course, satellite radio and cable tv & radio is a different story, especially with addressable scramble boxes, they can tell which subscribers are tuned into what, for how long, and a lot of other data you would be surprised that is collected, all of course stored and dissected to help "Improve" the quality of your listening and viewing experience (yea ,right I'm buying that line of hype)

Now, for those of you who may muse about what may be coming down the pike with regards to the radio broadcast industry (in general) and the possibility of actually discerning how many listeners may be tuned into a given frequency at a given time, (and for that matter, even customizing the program content and targeting it specifically to an individual listener, be it in their home, or care, or wherever they may be) I would highly reccomend checking out this increadibly GREAT RADIO PARODY (which is the follow up to the original radio parody, produced by a very eclectic group of radio junkies from back in the 1970's) called: 99!

The original parody called: "9" (The Ultimate Radio Format)
Is the cleverest, most wickedly pointed satire of Top 40 Radio formatics ever produced. Follow the evolution of the fabled WVWA, Poundridge, New York, as its on-air sound evolves and matures.
You can listen to it on line by navigating to the url below;
--> http://www.reelradio.com/philpott/index.html#nine


Fast-forward to September 9, 1999 (9/9/99!). Entirely via e-mail, all four now forty-something founding fathers of "NINE!" reunite and produce an update to the original parody called: 99! you can check that out at:
--> http://www.reelradio.com/99/

If you are at all a tried & true radio buff, and remember what radio once used to be (back in it's pre-consulted, heavily formatted & non restrictive days) these parody's will be something you will thoroughly enjoy.

I point to both of these url's (and hope Marco won't be upset that I posted them, since they don't have reciprocal links back to this site) but since the comment was posted about listeners tuned into a frequency, and this *IS* afterall a message site about radio, I felt it was totally appropriate to post these links using the example of what =CREATIVE RADIO= when properly produced, with a little wry twist to boot, should sound like.

I believe you will agree, these parodies are timeless and so dead-on when it comes to what radio has become.

Enjoy!

((Radioboy))

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I'm pretty sure satellite radio is a one-way feed. I really doubt they can know what you are listening to...

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you would be incorrect in that assumption, any addressable box which XM or Sirius puts out can easily discern what you are listening to, when, and for how long, and if you doubt me, ask them to prove me wrong.

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Like I said, it's one-way. Read:

http://www.radio-info.com/mods/board?Post=469757&Board=xm

So "calling home" isn't going to happen.

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What is posted on a radio message board (all be it, a very popular site, and one which I frequent very often myself) I'm not convinced that the hype and rhetoric the big two sattelite companies claim is entirely the whole truth, especially with some of the second and third generation equipment. I will do some digging and find something to substantiate my claim, or what I am under the impression is the case with these radios.

Could I be wrong? Absolutly.. but I seem to remember reading something a while back ago about this, and it was in a reputable zine. Maybe it was just speculation about what could be introduced in the not so very distant future, but I don't believe that to be the case, as I was semi astonished to learn it was more or less happening in the here & now.

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