Ira Glass was at WFMU’s Radiovision Festival on Saturday, speaking on a panel with Marc Maron (WTF), and Tom Scharpling (The Best Show On WFMU).
Nieman Lab captured Glass’s pretty hilarious answer to “will radio survive?”
I feel like as a people we have to officially stop asking if radio is going to survive. It’s so boring! I feel like I get asked that, like, every two weeks of my life, and the fact is we don’t have to decide that. You know what I mean? We don’t have to come to a judgment on that.
For some reason radio seems to survive, and I believe it’s because as long as there are cars with radios and people are lazy, people will get into a car and turn on a radio. And thank God people are fucking lazy. And like radio sort of just is there. And then in addition, people who are on radio doing anything interesting can put it out as a podcast and get a second audience, and so it seems like the whole computer thing has just been actually good for radio and the style that we do it. And I think it’s going to be fine.
I don’t think we have to worry. If radio goes away, something else will happen, and who gives a fuck that it’s gone?
There’s never been a better time to do creative work than right now. You can get stuff started. You can get it out to people. And you can turn it into a business if it’s decent. And there are more ways to get work to material. And it’s easier to get work. We are at a peak. Everything about our country is going to hell. Our politics, industry — like this is the one part of America which is actually going great.
Make sure to click over to the original Nieman post for more, plus a hilarious Photoshop job.