My first broadcasting job, at 15, was at a small town local radio station. Listeners could literally walk in the door of the station and be heard in a variety of ways: requests, announcements about something going at at the high school, and ‘classified’ ads for $1.00 that aired for a week.
No story was too small. For free you could have an announcer send a message, over the air, to friends and family who were out of reach of telephones. Everything about it was was hokey, but it worked as a community information hub.
Today we’d call this #hyperlocal.
And it’s so great to see some podcasters taking this on with the support of local business.
Great example from the UK: This is Alfred