All static, all the time

Two years from now, there will be no FM radio in Norway:

Norway’s Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete its transition over to digital radio. It’s the end of an era.

As notes, Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) will provide Norwegian listeners more diverse radio channel content than ever before. Indeed, DAB already hosts 22 national channels in Norway, as opposed to FM radio’s five, and a TNS Gallup survey shows that 56% of Norwegian listeners use digital radio every day. While Norway is the first country in the world to set a date for an FM switch-off, other countries in Europe and Southeast Asia are also in the process of transitioning to DAB.

The US can be expected to lag behind, mostly because the three major commercial radio formats — Rascal Flatts, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and Sports Guys Yelling — aren’t willing to give up their existing playgrounds.



  1. fillyjonk »

    20 April 2015 · 9:39 am

    Actually, I’m surprised there aren’t people pulling for Let’s Obsolete Another Technology So We Can Make People Buy All New Stuff – just like Blu-Ray with dvds, dvds with VHS, VHS with Betamax….

    Then again, Sirius XM does spam me a lot, wanting to sell me a cheap in-home set so I can pay them a bit more every month over what I pay for the privilege of having something on my car radio that ISN’T Rascal Flatts, BTO, or Sports Guys Yelling (or Political Commentators Yelling).

  2. backwoods conservative »

    20 April 2015 · 9:48 am

    My iPod has already made radio obsolete, and I definitely don’t miss the motormouth DJs.

  3. SK Waller »

    20 April 2015 · 9:54 am

    FM was awesome until it was reduced to nothing more than AM in stereo. At least it left Car Salesman Guy in AM where he belonged.

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