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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)

iPOD!!!!
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. :-)