RadioDailyNews.com, “The Daily Voice and Journal of Broadcasting”, has named Steve Jobs as the recipient of the “Radio Person of the Year” award. The recognition is awarded annually to leading individuals in the radio industry who have not only shown remarkable leadership skills in 2005, but who will have a profound, positive effect on the radio industry in 2006.
Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple, whose products and technologies include the iPod family and iTunes.
The certificate of recognition that is being presented to Steve Jobs reads, in part; “Because he is uniquely creative and innovative, he has left distinguished and notable footprints in the radio industry sands, and has demonstrated remarkable leadership skills in 2005. He has the abilities, by the means of his personality, influence and position, to have a profound effect on the radio industry in 2006.”
Larry Shannon, publisher of RadioDailyNews.com said in a statement, “RDN solicited feedback from its Web site’s visitors and subscribers, and determined from a variety of sources that Steve Jobs, the iPod and Apple’s many media products made significant impacts on the broadcasting industry in 2005 and during the past few years. We anticipate that his influence on the broadcasting industry will continue throughout the coming year.”
It was the CEO of Emmis Communications, Jeffrey Smulyan, who began 2005 by saying, “Despite the buzz surrounding satellite radio, I believe iPods are a bigger threat, because you have a larger number of people with an alternative source of music …”
Shannon said, “The iPod has surely been a competitor for radio, but it also has provided radio stations, talent and programmers with a unique and valuable distribution channel — the Podcast, a common addition to radio station Web sites all over the world.”
Steve Jobs has been a champion innovator and producer of technological products for three decades. His Apple II and Macintosh computers, the iPod, iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano are milestones along the technological and entertainment highways. The introduction of the iPod changed the way that people listen to music and other audio and video programming. iPod spawned “Podcasts” and, almost overnight, a new distribution channel for radio programming was born with the introduction of replays of sports, news, information and entertainment programming content. It continues to grow immeasurably, with more innovations expected to be introduced by Steve Jobs and Apple in 2006.
The “Radio Person of the Year” award from RadioDailyNews.com is not just a recognition, it is a challenge to Steve Jobs and his associates who designed and continue to modify and improve the iPod in 2006. Indeed, it is a challenge to all involved in the broadcasting and entertainment programming industries, in particular AM, FM, HD Radio and satellite radio owners, managers, programmers and talent, to challenge themselves to deliver to the listener and viewer the best entertainment, information and news programming that creative minds can conceive.
In addition to a certificate of recognition, Steve Jobs will be awarded a Sirius Sportster Replay radio receiver, complete with home and auto kits, and a boombox for portable play, as well as a complimentary 6 months subscription to Sirius Radio programming, compliments of Sirius Radio, with a retail value of approximately $500.00.
Just a note: despite the domain name similarity, RadioDailyNews has no relationship with MacDailyNews or iPodDailyNews. We’re sure Steve Jobs will enjoy his Sirius Sportster radio and six-month subscription to Sirius aboard his $40-plus million dollar Gulfstream V private jet.
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