Do you listen to radio?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Velocity, Jun 7, 2014.

  1. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 19, 2001
    In the back of beyond
    I've been bugged lately by a survey company calling me on the phone to get me to do a survey about my habits listening to the radio. I finally had to tell them to quit calling. I don't listen to radio much at all, certainly not enough to keep a journal of which stations and how often for a week. I used to listen to the radio when I was young--we always carried transistor radios around, but now I only turn it on in the car if I'm driving for an hour or more. Even then I usually either listen to my thoughts or to CDs.
    Who listens to radio today? Does satellite radio make it worthwhile?
  2. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

    May 12, 2001
    Peach Wookiee
    I listen every day to a local station. I love easy listening.
  3. Fruitcake

    Fruitcake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 20, 2007
    inside teacake
    Absolutely never. Don't have one, don't like having to listen to it when in someone's car or having a coffee out.

    EDIT: do people still "have" radios?
  4. Tora Ziyal

    Tora Ziyal Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 27, 2010
    I sometimes listen to classical music on public radio in the car and at the gym. Rarely at home.
  5. Snowy Road

    Snowy Road Crimbo crossing Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Nerys Myk
    Only on the way to and from work.
  6. Tsothohrha

    Tsothohrha Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jun 3, 2009
    Only when I'm in the car. Especially when I need to check the traffic (here in NYC it's almost mandatory). Otherwise, I alternate between sports radio and classical. But once I'm out of the car ... if I want to listen to anything I don't already own, I fire up Pandora.
  7. urbankringle

    urbankringle Commodore Commodore

    Dec 3, 2013
    Sickbay, dammit.

    Driving to work and on the job weekdays, I have a news/talk station on to keep up with what's going on. Oldies (60s-70s) on the way home. Weekends in the car it's oldies or classic country, maybe a classic rock station.

    I have a ton of stuff on a Zune that I play when I'm working in the shop nights and weekends, from jazz to rockabilly to blues to country. Playing some Jimmie Vaughan now.

    I like a lot of stuff; I don't really fit into one of those "target" demographics. :lol:
  8. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Premium Member

    Jul 23, 2001
    Howrah, Hobart, Tasmania
    Very rarely. The last time I listened to the actual radio was in January 2013 during the Tasmanian bushfires.

    I do listen to some radio podcasts mainly science related ones.
  9. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blueness Premium Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    Usually only in the car; at home, I listen to my MP3 player.
  10. urbankringle

    urbankringle Commodore Commodore

    Dec 3, 2013
    Sickbay, dammit.
    I have to say that I love radio. I was obsessed with it from an early age and wanted to be a radio guy. One Christmas my parents gave us three kids little portable record players. I commandeered my brother's record player, and with two of them I would do my own radio show in my bedroom.

    Once I discovered Monty Python I started reproducing sketches with a cheap microphone and two cassette recorders, with sound effects from a cassette I found at Radio Shack.

    In high school I wrote and produced a comedy sketch called "Chamionship Boxing." I used equipment borrowed from the music department and did all the voices. It actually turned out pretty good. I only had one copy of the finished product and I don't know what happened to it.

    Later, much later, I decided to try broadcasting school.

    I was bored the entire time. Everything they were teaching I had already learned on my own. My dream of a career in radio was ruined, and it's probably for the best. By that time the industry had changed so much that if you weren't a "celebrity" you didn't stand a chance at making a decent living at it. I couldn't do talk, I wasn't good at "morning zoo." The things I was good at weren't in demand any more.

    But hey. This thread isn't about me. It's about radio, something I love.

    Continue. :)
  11. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    I have 2 radio stations pre-set in my car: K-Love Christian radio and a country music station SOLELY for listening to the NASCAR races. I do not know who is currently popular on secular radio.
  12. MacLeod

    MacLeod Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001
    Great Britain
    Only in the car.
  13. Taylirious

    Taylirious Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 6, 2009
    What is this?
  14. Coloratura

    Coloratura You Are Loved Premium Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Very rarely. I prefer the CDs I have in the car, or my music library at home on the PC. Radio just doesn't cut it anymore.
  15. iguana_tonante

    iguana_tonante Admiral Admiral

    Sep 15, 2006
    Italy, EU
    Only in the car.

    I usually listen to a station that broadcasts classic rock, but sometimes I listen to classical or opera on public radio. When there is something politically relevant going on, I often listen to a station that broadcasts Parliament sessions and political commentaries (generally neutral or across the political spectrum).
  16. RJDonner&Blitzen

    RJDonner&Blitzen Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    I don't even have a radio at home anymore (except for my Medieval knight radio whose sword is a letter opener that I've had since 1972 and is just used as a decoration now, since he would only pick up AM even if he had a battery). In my car I have four presets-- two oldies stations, one Rock and one Easy Listening, and two modern stations, one Rock(ish) and one Easy Listening(ish). At home, I either listen to Pandora or the digital music stations on cable. I've occasionally thought about getting satellite radio, but I don't know that I would use it enough to justify the expense.
  17. StolenThunder

    StolenThunder Poster Premium Member

    Sep 24, 2001
    All the time. There's a radio in the bathroom, the bedroom, the living room, the kitchen, the car.

    About half of the podcasts I listen to are radio shows too.
  18. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

    Oct 31, 2004
    Yes. Almost all the time.
  19. Pingfah

    Pingfah Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 28, 2005
    Not at home, except the odd show, but Radio 2 is on all day at work.
  20. Echtzeit

    Echtzeit Lieutenant

    May 24, 2014