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As I've started working at BYU Radio, I've had the opportunity to really think about the role that radio has played in my life. 

There's no doubt radio has changed in the last decade. With the invention of smartphones,  iTunes and free online music stations, we can take our music with us anywhere we go. Some have even said radio is dying.

But I remember the "good old days." 

Don't get me wrong, I'm a Millennial through and through, but I think I was just young enough to still appreciate the convenient entertainment of the radio. I remember in elementary school I would run to my room every Monday night at 7 PM to listen to Adventures in Odyssey, a Christian radio drama geared toward kids. I would delicately turn the knob on my radio/casette/CD player until I hit that static-free sweet spot. I would pull out a small sewing project and let my imagination fill in the characters and the settings as I got caught up on the stories for an hour. It was the highlight of my week. 

In middle school I kept my bedroom radio playing 24/7. It was my constant companion. I couldn't sleep without music. I couldn't wake up without music. I knew every word to the Weekly Top Twenty songs. I listened faithfully to Goose and Romi in the morning, laughing as I got ready for school. I stayed up late to listen to the new music show on Friday nights. My friends and I danced to the music mashups on the Saturday Night Streetjam. We even got brave enough to call in and wish our friend Happy Birthday one night. It was exhilarating. 

My love for radio changed when I moved to a smaller town in high school. My car didn't pick up clear radio reception, and the town was a solid four months behind on new music. Not to mention the daytime radio host sounded like she was half asleep. But I had an iPod and a music collection that I had carefully built up over a few years. I got a car adapter for my iPod and eliminated all of the static, commercials...and personality...that comes with the radio.

I think this has happened to a lot of people. Technology has changed the way we look at radio. We get to make our own decisions about the music we listen to, and it's much cheaper and more convenient than buying full records and albums. 

But there is no personality. 

When I listen to the radio, I feel like the hosts are my best friends. They keep me entertained all day, every day. They make me think as I go about my day. They play the music I love and they introduce me to more music. They interview my favorite celebrities, and I feel like I am in the room with them. My iPod doesn't do that for me. 

And that's why I've returned to radio. I love the spontaneity of not knowing what song is next. I love the big personality of the hosts. I love the ease of turning on the stereo instead of scrolling undecidedly through songs. I love talk radio and the way it keeps me informed. I love the way I get to be involved in the lives of the hosts. I love the stories they bring to me, and the opinions they pose.

And I don't think radio is dead. It's just dynamic. 

Radio is not dead, because it comes to you in whatever way you want. For example, did you know you can stream BYU Radio from the internet? You can even go back and replay the shows you missed whenever you want. BYU Radio is also a national radio station now, which you can access at SiriusXM 143. You can get the BYU Radio app on your phone or tablet. And most recently, you can download most of our shows’ episodes from iTunes. All of these, in addition to the classic method of delicately turning the knob (or pressing buttons) on your stereo.

Radio is not dead. And it will not die, because it will continue to evolve as we do. So don't miss out on the personality, spontaneity, and entertainment that radio has to offer. I'm calling for a return to radio: may it live on forever. 

By: Morgan Lewis, BYU Radio Intern

Wrapping Up Baseball and Softball

BYU Radio sports update!

BYU Softball finished up it's season in the NCAA Regional tournament with a loss to No. 24 North Dakota State (0-7) after winning their first game against Fresno State (8-7). Despite this loss, the players are satisfied with their season and the awards they received: The West Coast Conference awarded Player of the Year to junior Gordy Bravo, Pitcher of the Year to sophomore Mckenna Bull, and Coach of the Year to head coach Gordon Eakin. To add to their awards, seven BYU players participated in the All-Conference team. Way to go Cougs!

BYU Baseball heads into their final tournament strong with a 16-6 win against University of Utah and a two-game win against Santa Clara (8-5, 7-8, and 4-2). They will play in the West Coast Conference Tournament on Thursday through Saturday this week (May 21-23). 

Stay tuned to BYU Radio and our social media accounts to see the tournament schedule!




Talk About Good

At BYU Radio, our aim is to "Talk About Good."

The world is overwrought with negativity, but does this negativity really affect us? Ghandi wrote, "Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive, because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny." Conversely, negative thoughts will adversely affect our destiny. 

We are surrounded by negativity in all forms of media: we encounter incivility in political discourse, sensationalized coverage of tragic news stories, crude music, violent movies and debasing TV shows or video games. There's no doubt that these exposures to negativity stick with us. Whether we realize it or not, they affect our emotions, words, and actions.

BYU Radio tries to combat the negativity by being a force for good. We follow the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." So while we cannot stop all negative forces, we can provide some positive alternatives: interviews and conversations always several cuts above conventional talk radio, enthusiastic sports events, uplifting musical artists, reflective treatment of emerging news, and more--all with the purpose of providing something good to help you get through your day. 

So join us as we Talk About Good every day on BYU Radio.


 How do you fill your life with good?

Highway 89: Tyrone Wells Giveaway

Singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells is coming to Provo to play BYU Radio’s HIGHWAY 89 music show AND a concert at VELOUR. We have 10 tickets to the May 14th  Velour concert to giveaway!  We will choose 5 winners to receive 2 tickets to the show. Below are the rules and instructions to enter:


HOW TO ENTER

Follow @byuh89 on Twitter or Instagram

Tweet or Tag @byuh89 with #TyroneWells


WINNERS DETERMINED

We will choose the winners by random draw

Only one entry per person

Participants must be 18 years or older

Winners will be announced via social media on Tuesday, May 12th


GOOD LUCK!

BYU Rugby Takes Fifth National Championship

BYU Radio sports update! 

BYU Rugby seized their fifth Varsity Cup National Championship trophy in the last minutes of the game, beating the California Golden Bears 30-27! They have now won the National Championship for four years in a row! Jonathan Linehan had an incredible game, with 3/3 penalty kicks and 3/3 conversions. 


After two disappointing losses to Pacific (3-4, 6-11), BYU Baseball pulled together an amazing 11-inning third game, winning 6-4. Sophomore Mason Marshall struck out six batters and threw five scoreless innings. Baseball will play Saint Mary's this weekend in a three-game series. 


BYU Softball swept the Santa Clara Broncos, winning all three games with total shutouts this weekend. (4-0, 5-0, and 8-0). Pitcher Mckenna Bull tied the BYU record for single-season victories with 32 wins and is hopeful for a 33rd this weekend when the Cougars will take on the UVU Wolverines. 


This week, BYU Radio will be broadcasting the following games:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015:

       BYU Softball vs. UVU [Home] @ 7 ET/5 MT

Thursday, May 7, 2015:

       BYU Baseball vs. Saint Mary's @ 8 ET/6 MT 

Friday, May 8, 2015:

       BYU Baseball vs. Saint Mary's @ 8 ET/6 MT 

Saturday, May 9, 2015:

       BYU Baseball vs. Saint Mary's @ 3 ET/1 MT 


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