Archive for September 3rd, 2009

Listening to the Radio

It’s been about six years since I listened to the radio with any kind of regularity. I mean, occasionally I would listen to a classic rock station when I was sick of my iPod, or whichever CDs I had in my car. And on long car trips I generally spend a sizable amount of time listening to sports talk radio or someone like Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck/Sean Hannity (don’t worry, I do it ironically).

But as for actually listening to regular old top 40 radio or some variant—well, it’s been awhile.

This kind of behavior is not uncommon or surprising: Anyone with an iPod or CD player and musical tastes that are even the least bit refined will probably be more satisfied by controlling his or her own musical input, as opposed to outsourcing it to a radio station.

Over the past few days, though, I have spent some time reacquainting myself with radio, and I must admit: It has some charm. In fact, I recently caught myself debating whether or not to make Z100 one of my pre-sets, if only so I would never again have to go fifteen minutes without hearing “Use Somebody” (it’s nice to see that, in the years it’s been since I stopped listening to Z100, they haven’t decided to stretch their playlist beyond nine songs). Continue reading