Local Media and Media Convergence: A Case Study of Suara Surabaya Radio as An Interactive Media

Ido Prijana Hadi 1 *
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1 Petra Christian University Surabaya, Indonesia
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Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp. 54-74. https://doi.org/10.29333/ojcmt/2423
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My aim in writing this paper is to describe that in this fast-changing world, media in Indonesia has undergone a rapid transformation. Digital technology continues to reshape the mass media landscape using internet technology. Internet brings a technical communication revolution, a fundamental change takes place in the structure of connections, artificial memories and the reproduction of their content. Internet technology has made communication much easier and less expensive. It has attracted many people and has penetrated into people’s daily lives. The mass media also have accepted the internet. Almost all forms of traditional media (old media) in local media, such as radio, television, and newspaper have extended their work into this new field. The internet and the world wide web have both significantly influenced modern journalism.
In online media allows readers to enjoy browsing their product and service of contents, such as news feed, podcasts, desktop alert, news on mobile phones, PDA and others mobile devices. Online media offer not only text but also digital images, audio file, moving images (video), internet radio and internet tv. The interactive features of the internet seemingly imply that online media have more advantages than traditional media forms (old media). So, the internet have dramatically evolved become new media with characteristic multimedia, hypertext, interactivity, archives, and virtuality. The most important structural new media characteristic is the integration of telecommunications, data communications and mass communication in a single medium – it is the convergence. It should be pointed out that the trend toward digital is affecting the various media and brings the local media in East Java to become a global media, where breaking news from Surabaya or anywhere in East Java is transmitted to around the world in a matter of minutes .
The research was carried out to find out how user reception on convergence media and local media on the site of Suara Surabaya.net (SS.net). And how to access subjective meanings that they have created based on their understanding on online media so far. The research is also interested in looking into user reception on information and communication technology based on its relevance with the selected theme namely discourses on global media in web site of Radio Suara Surabaya.
The result of this research that the texts on Suara Surabaya.net site is unique for Surabaya audiences who live in other countries because it can give them the user experience affection. The users can communicate with radio redactors (newsroom) too. Moreover, since they listen to online radio, they get the sense of excitement because they can see and get close with the announcer. Nowadays, the imaginative radio text has changed to the visual or impressive radio (intertextuality). It was long time ago that the radio just could be heard on ears, but now, it transforms to audio visual and newsroom that the audiences can see the broadcasting process. Interactivity based on users’ perception claims that Suara Surabaya.net media can give reality exploration news by knowing and following recently news live at that time. SS net can improve value added and brand bonding power (station loyalty) of Suara Surabaya users wherever they are. Last of all, Suara Surabaya is not only tremendous radio but also has become community, which observes all kind problems of Surabaya and around society in daily lives as the publicsphere.


Hadi, I. P. (2013). Local Media and Media Convergence: A Case Study of Suara Surabaya Radio as An Interactive Media. Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, 3(2), 54-74. https://doi.org/10.29333/ojcmt/2423