With more than 90% of the nation listening to radio, it is about time we talked about it more. Some truly astonishing things have been happening, with many stations breaking listening records. Funny that, because it wasn’t too long ago that radio had been written off. And while better programmes have graced our TV channels, the relaxation in the car and at home of radio is bringing it back as a winner. But, what about for kids? Can they be entertained by this… and on long journeys to boot?
First aired back in 2005, this award winning radio station has trained many presenters and been called the future of children’s radio. Back in 2011, there were many debates surrounding how children needed ‘speech radio’ to aid development but there had also been a 75% cut in children’s radio on the BBC. However, with more than a quarter of a million listeners each month, it was showed that children do want the radio, the challenge is how to give it to them. You can listen to it on a dab-radio and online, perfect for the kids.
It’s not really surprising that Disney runs one of the most popular children’s radio stations. One of the most popular, it has substantial backing and gives kids the chance to watch, play, listen and win across the various mediums that it is available on. Available as an app as well, the targets are brought in through the emphasis on teen idols. Available in North, Central and South America it continues to be popular even after more than 16 years on the air waves.
My Baby Radio
A cute and enjoyable station, My Baby Radio gives you both soothing morning and evening programmes with fun songs during the daytime. That’s not all though because it bills itself as the radio for families and new parents offering advice, articles and competitions to help the whole family. Online since 2006, the digital online stations has gone from strength to strength and the 2,000 Facebook fans combined with 3,500 Twitter followers are proof that new parents and babies enjoy the station in equal measure.
OK, not radio, but they can be downloaded and taken in the car. You can get all sorts of options in the podcast store. From Seasame Street to Oliver Twist, there is all sorts for the children and the family to enjoy on their outings. Some teachers have started using them in the classroom and they are also great for children to be involved with for creativity. Just check the iTunes store and download some for that lengthy journey.
The key behind children radio is grabbing the attention of both the kids and the parents. While it is difficult to find many mainstream stations in the car, it is possible and the use of podcasts means that you can download shows to take with so those long journeys are made more bearable for all concerned.