BY Devin Ream
EUGENE, Ore. – When it comes to news sources, radio is still alive and well within the Trainsong neighborhood.
Trainsong residents were asked this simple question: Where do you get your news?
When the same question was asked on the University of Oregon campus, social media and online sources took the majority of the vote, but even with these new technologies it would seem that the reliability of news comes in the form of radio news outlets.
John R., a Trainsong resident for the past 6 years, said that he tunes in to 1340 AM out of Corvallis, and occasionally listens to National Public Radio for his daily news fix.
“I listen to KWVA in the morning,” Dan Maricle said. Having lived in Trainsong for only 9 months, Maricle said, “I read the paper occasionally, but hardly ever.”
Newspapers were only mentioned one time among those surveyed as a source of news for the residents of Trainsong.
Henry Jones, a Trainsong resident for more than 30 years, said that Oregon Public Broadcasting is his preferred news source.
“It’s about 80 to 90 percent of my news,” Jones said. “I’ll watch the national news networks every once in a while, but it’s mostly National Public Radio and OPB.”
High subscription costs as well as bias was mentioned as a reason why newspapers are not a source for Jones.
Jones asked, “Why does the Register Guard deal with only sensationalistic crimes stories and feel good fluff news on the front page?”
Trainsong resident of 4 years Cliff Gray said, “I don’t subscribe to it anymore.”
Out of those surveyed, Gray was the only one to mention the Internet and social media as a possible source of news. Gray said, “Facebook … sometimes, if it’s interesting.”
“I do watch CNN on TV, unfortunately,” Gray added. Gray’s other options for TV sources are Al Jazeera and MSNBC networks, if he is in a bind.
Among residents in the neighborhood, it would seem that the radio is still looked at as not only trustworthy, but convenient.