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23 July 2010 @ 02:04 pm
And there goes another radio station  
I'm running out of radio stations I'm willing to listen to.

I dropped WDVX (Americana -- bluegrass, some country, that sort of thing) several years ago because the morning DJ made some really racist remarks at a WDVX-sponsored fundraiser, and I never even got a courtesy response to my letter of complaint.

The AM Music of Your Life (big band era) station switched over to modern country about a year ago.

I stopped listening to WUOT (NPR) a few months ago after they fired one of the announcers for reasons I can't discuss because she's still looking into her legal options.

The station that was carrying the True Oldies satellite feed just switched over to conservative talk radio.

JACK-FM plays a reasonable (for me) assortment of music, despite their persona of annoying teenage boy ("Jack-FM. Playing what we want." "If you call Jack-FM with a request, you'll get our sympathy. But not much else." "Because 'playing what we want' is Jack-FM's answer to pretty much everything."). Until day before yesterday, when I heard, "Yeah, you're annoyed because we wouldn't play your request. But we're at your sister's house, so we win."

The only stations left are either Christian, conservative talk radio, sports talk radio, modern country, and Spanish. The Spanish station, WKZX, is good, but -- and I realize this is a pretty sorry reason to switch channels -- they have a very limited selection of advertisers, and I get tired of hearing the same ads three times in my 40-minute drive to work. Although the one from the spiritual counselor promising to relieve suffering caused by witchcraft and sorcery is intriguing. No, really, it actually says "No sufre mas de brujeria o hechiceria; llame a ...."

I think I'm going to start carrying CDs. Or books on CD.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on July 23rd, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)

Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 23rd, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Not while I'm driving! 'sides, I gave my iPod to Dale. I have come to the conclusion that I'm not smart enough to understand or use anything manufactured by Apple.
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: iotterfatfred on July 23rd, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)

I only stick in one earphone, so I can still hear any traffic noises.
I an really thinking of getting the hookup so I can just play it through my speakers.
starcat_jewelstarcat_jewel on July 23rd, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
If your car has a cassette player, you can get an adapter that lets you play the iPod thru the speakers, which is no different from having the radio on.

Alternatively, perhaps it's time to look into getting an XM (satellite stations) radio. Lots more options, and it's funded by subscription, so no obnoxious commercials.

seawaspseawasp on July 23rd, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
It's infinitely different from having the radio on. No ads and all the songs are ones you like.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 23rd, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I think that "no different from having the radio on" was meant in terms of safety and being able to hear outside sounds, not as a comparison of the audio experience.
seawaspseawasp on July 23rd, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Perhaps, but as I understood it you were already listening to the radio in your car (40 minute drive) so that wasn't a consideration.

Having earbuds in your ear WOULD be a consideration as that would interfere with hearing a lot more.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 23rd, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking there's a misunderstanding. Here's the conversation as I perceived it:

Me: Radio sucks.

Fatfred: iPod!

Me: Not safe.

Stardreamer: Plug it into your radio, then it's no less safe than radio.

Am I reading it wrong?
seawaspseawasp on July 23rd, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
No, I guess not. I was. My bad. *SMITE!*
Shadow/Brookekengr on July 24th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
If it has an FM radio, there are adapters for that as well. Alas, in some areas the adapters won't work because all of the frequencies they can send on are in use (had that happen with the iRock adapter I got for long trips with friends in their van)

A lot of more modern car radios have an actual jack for plugging in your iPod or whatever.

Mvix ( http://mvixusa.com ) has a decent car setup if your car radio/stereo has compatible input jacks. And having a 500 gig (with the older IDE based units) HD worth of music will keep you out of trouble for a *long* time. :-)
seawaspseawasp on July 23rd, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
I haven't listened to radio for MANY years. Listen to 10 songs I don't really care for, plus several really annoying commercial breaks with DJs who aren't nearly as funny as they think they are, instead of just listen to music I like? No contest.
mujetdebois on July 23rd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, in the car, many MP3 players and not just ipods have an adapter wherein you plug the adapter into the cigarette lighter in your car, and then, program a specific radio station and hit the play button on your player basically creating a mini radio station in your car.

If you were at the office or at home I would have suggested streaming Pandora radio.

Alternatively I do not know what types of public radio are available in your city, we have 3 options here in Philly, One is all talk, one splits it's air time between jazz and classical and the one I usually listen to plays light alternative and emerging artist.
Bladerunnerbldrnrpdx on July 24th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest Pandora as well, till I remembered that over the last couple of weeks at work, I've been just about ready to quit listening to Pandora because of all the advertising. I'm just not ready to pay for radio right now. So I guess I'll try some webradio & podcasts first. Then I'll probably give in and pay for Pandora.
mujetdebois on July 24th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
I actually paid for the one year Pandora subscription, it's about the same price as an NPR membership. The desktop app that comes w/the paid subscription is pretty neat, though it doesn't function as well w/ Windows 7 as it did with XP or on Mac's Snow Leopard
(Anonymous) on July 23rd, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
If its big band you want, and you have internet access, check out KCEA.

Not much help while traveling though unless you have a cell phone with a data plan.
madshutterbug: Goat_Ehmadshutterbug on July 23rd, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
This in no way mitigates your problem, however, we here on teh Ranch did discover an excellent use for 24 hour conservative talk radio. Put the boom box out by the doeling paddock, turn it on to said station, and Coyote figures, Crap. There's Humans There.

Edited at 2010-07-23 09:25 pm (UTC)
Kathiebookwyrm_sr on July 25th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Books on CD is my companion of choice in my van. There are some very good narrators out there.
montemplar on July 25th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
What the others said: iPod + car radio adaptor + (music/podcasts/audiobooks) = WIN!

I've listened to my iPod on the commute for several years now. Keeps me sane, although I probably get odd looks if I laugh whilst listening to a podcast or audiobook. :) Mind you, I take the train and bus, so it's a bit simpler for me.
Tim Illingworthtimill on September 8th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
TOC back?
Rumor says TOC is back on 98.3 in the Greater Knoxville area.

Trying to tune my clock-radio did not produce a good signal :-(

I'll try in the car in the morning.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on September 9th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Re: TOC back?
http://www.trueoldieschannel.com/ says 98.3 FM or 670 AM. Will have to try.

In the meantime, I've found WIHG, 105.7 Crossville / Knoxville / something, classic rock. All the ads are for Crossville businesses and events, but I can live with that.

Thanks for the update!