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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by hybridrocknroll, Oct 5, 2011.
CD/MP3 Player only. My local radio stations are simply awful.
Presets not set, I run my car radio like a two-knob stomp box
FM - a few local stations, don't even know the frequencies or call signs. They're country and classic rock.
Sirius - 50s on 5, 60s on 6, 70s on 7, 80s on 8, First Wave, Classic Rewind, The Boneyard, The Highway, Prime Country, Willie's Place, Outlaw Country (I agree about Mojo Nixon being really irritating, btw!), one of the jazz stations and a few other miscellaneous stations that I rarely ever listen to.
I wholeheartedly agree about Sirius/XM's playlist being stagnant and repetitive. With all the musical choices for any given genre, there's no excuse for hearing the exact same songs over and over again. I'm probably going to cancel my subscription before the next renewal - I have an iPod loaded with music as well as Pandora and Slacker radio, which offer much more variety and very little repetition.
As far as all the ads and chit-chat on FM stations, I agree - but I do tune them in to find out about what local musical/entertainment events are going on...and despite all the commercials, the local classic rock station plays a much bigger variety of music than Sirius' classic rock station!
WXPN Univ. of Pennsylvania, a decent Alt Rock/Npr type of place, is my favorite alas it only comes in certain times of the day and in certain places (on a repeater across the bay at a H.S....)
So I mostly listen to its local counterpart;WTMD..Towson University, Ok Alt Rock/NPR type place
These two get 90 percent of my time, They share some programming & for the most part are actually pretty good, I wish they would come up with a better business model than on the air fund raising..surely some one at Wharton could knock up something say over a long weekend?
I enjoy listening to jazz but in this area it is with a few exceptions not done well. K-Jazz in the LA area is pretty much the gold standard for me & we just don't get that OTA.
WEAA (Morgan State Univ.) has some Ok stuff, but my favorite there is the Reggae & Caribbean stuff.
I occasionally tune in WBJC for a bit of gray haired classical...really guys there is more available than Bach, Beethoven & the boys.
With the VERY occasional exception of WRNR out of Annapolis I rarely listen to commercial radio. I would rather drive in silence.
1-6 on my vehicle radio are all set on NPR. I don't listen to AM radio at all.
When I want to listen to music I use the MP3 player and ear buds on my smart phone.
With 32 gigs of music on there I've got about 8 days of stuff to listen to.
And the best part is, with no radio, I listen to the headphones--so I can't hear people screaming at me as I drive along with random body parts falling off in traffic!
I'll see if I can tune that in when I go east on I-40 then North on I-77. Does the signal get over that far west?
1 . WGBH public radio
2. WBUR NPR station
3. WHJY classic rock
4. WBRU college radio station ALT rock
5. WZLX classic rock
6. WZLX HD2 radio mojo blues
7, WEEI sports talk radio
Haven't tuned to FM in a few years
89.9 Jazz and random stuff (user supported)
I mainly listen to music and podcasts from my iPhone, but the radio has presets for
KMHD - college jazz station, pretty good
KBOO - community public radio, pretty random
KOPB - Oregon Public Broadcasting NPR
No commercial station makes the cut.
-99.5 (classic rock)
-random country station
I listen to talk radion and 99.5, usually I use the cd player, we have terrible radio reception where I live.
Used to listen to satillite radio, merger killed it though. Squizz (the station I listened to) was replaced with sirius's crappy version (Octaine) and a bunch of other stations went by the wayside so we got rid of it.
Sad that KSJO and KOME went away
2. Classic Rock
5. Classic Rock
6. News radio
But I almost always have a CD playing.
I've got the Denver and the Greeley NPR stations.
99.5 The Mountain, which was a great radio station when they first came on the air and now are a rather average classic rock station.
A weird classic rock non-commercial radio station out of Severence, CO that playes bands like Country Joe and the Fish, The Youngbloods, and some very obscure '60's and '70's bands. No Dj's either.
The local independent Community Radio Station, KRFC.
KUVO, the jazz station in Denver
A Spanish language station that plays accordian music.
And KBCO out of Boulder that plays "World Class Rock" whatever that is.
I tend to channel surf a lot.
1310 The Ticket.
KJGZ NPR/Jazz Phoenix
XM NPR Now
I pick it up from about 40 bird miles south. Statesville, NC is about as close as you'd get on 77 and that would be about 80 bird miles.
It's 100,000 Watts non-directional but the transmitter is actually East of Raleigh.
Greensboro is considered fringe area and Statesville is another 40 bird miles beyond that so I'd say it would be iffy at best...
I keep thinking I ought to try out an HD Radio receiver sometime.
Would I be wasting time, effort and $$'s?