There’s a new radio format inspired by the random and eclectic nature of the shuffle feature of the iPod digital music player. The “Jack” format features a wide variety of juxtaposed musical styles.
In Houston, one station is going further — if only for two hours every week — by broadcasting the contents of listeners’ MP3 players.
From 4 to 6am once a week, a person chosen by by public radio station KPFT will bring his or her iPod or other device to the station, set it to shuffle, plug it into the broadcast board, and send the songs over the air.
The idea comes from Houston Chronicle technology columnist Dwight Silverman, who suggested it on his blog. KPFT programmer Ernesto Aguilar thought it was worth a try.
Jon’s tech news links:
Congressman backs asteroid protection agency (Wired News)
First look at Google Earth (Via Waxy)
Cell phones to take flight (CNET News.com)