In the 80's video did actually begin to kill radio. The internet threatened to sound its death knell however, in this country, radio recovered and today thrives alongside people's need for randomly generated online playlists and vast libraries of digital sound files stored on a multitude of devices.
Radio in this country and specifically that transmitted by the BBC has always been of the highest quality (sound, not necessarily programming) and a recent road trip through France made me realise just how lucky we are. In France there are no national stations and therefore no coherent RDS strategy able to hand you over to a new station when the signal fades on the one you are listening to. This means that whilst bowling down the Autoroute, after approximately every three to five songs, the radio needs to be manually retuned. But added to this, the amount of audio compression seemingly applied to the output is very uncomfortable. However, I only realised why I felt so sonically uncomfortable once I returned to England and retuned to a BBC station. In comparison, I was served far superior audio output. All hail the BBC and national radio coverage! - I do wish they would find national FM frequencies for BBC 6 Music however - DAB is not yet the answer for people on the move in my opinion!
Until September, do take care!