Today's Radio Stations Just Aren't What They Used To Be, So Thanks, Spotify

Today's Radio Stations Just Aren't What They Used To Be, So Thanks, Spotify

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In this generation, radio is present but it is not as present as it used to be. Growing up, the way to know about winning concert tickets would be to call in through radio, there weren't other ways through social media that we could enter to win Hilary Duff concert tickets.

Also, back when we did listen to traditional radio frequently, it was how we heard new songs for the first time. There was no better feeling than listening to a song on the radio for the first time before technology/the internet took over. iTunes was not as popular as it is today with Apple music and the iTunes store. So this generation is now so used to having iTunes/Apple Music, but also Spotify, Tidal, and other streaming services. I think that it is harder for traditional radio stations, like Q100 to invite college students to listen and call in because of how the music format has changed but also how our lives have changed.

As college students, we have so many other things we are doing on a daily basis, so sometimes radio won't make it in the day unless it comes on in the car. Granted, there are still some people that listen to the radio in a traditional sense. It still is hard to tell what direction it is going to go in when this generation is older. I do think that radio is trying to cater towards more audiences nowadays because they are noticing that listeners need radio online and on the go, so them doing that is a step in the right direction.

I also think that advertisers are starting to put out their ads for audiences that they think are going to want to try their products. They want to keep up with the Generation Z, so revamping their commercials with the latest lingo is something they are in the process of doing.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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