Oh The Times, They are A-Changing

-By Timothy Dennis and Katy Henriksen

It's undeniable that digital media continues to contribute more to our daily ingestion of information. New data released last week by the Pew Research Center shows that while consumption of traditional media didn't decline as sharply as has been the case in recent years, online and digital news consumption continued its steady climb. However, it's not all bad news. According to Pew's State of the News Media 2013 report on how Americans interact with various news media, most mobile news users aren't replacing one platform with another, they are simply consuming more news than they had in the past.

That's the idea behind this blog.  We're not replacing our traditional on-air programming--we're augmenting it with additional digital content that's just not possible via the airwaves, such as our new Soundcheck @ Smoke & Barrel series, which takes you on location as a band loads in for a short set and interview, with exclusive video footage of the band to be posted here with an audio story to follow on Ozarks at Large.  We're also proud to continue our "Audio Advance" series, which gives you a first chance to hear a new album from local bands a full week before it's available elsewhere. Later this afternoon, look for a post featuring the newest work by Fayettevillian Shawn James.