Radio? Why?

Is it just me? Or does it seem like every time you turn on the radio, you hear more commercials and dj’s, than music? I’m fortunate in the fact that I have satellite radio in my home, and my car, so I’m not often forced to hear terrestrial radio. But when I am placed in that situation, I realize why I left it behind. The same old commercials, and the same old songs played endlessly. I recently sat through a few hours of radio while visiting a friend. I heard one particular song 5 TIMES! This, in around 3 hours, on the same station. I understand they have to play the hits, but Jesus Christ, can we at least limit them to once per hour?

Besides the fact that I hear the same songs over and over,  there are the endless commercials. I timed a commercial segment that ran on for over 6 minutes! That may not seem like very long, but think about it this way. When you watch television, you know how the commercials seem to last forever? Well, television spots generally run between 2 to 3 minutes. Imagine if they were twice as long. That’s radio for you.

If you don’t have satellite radio, I hope you have a CD player in your car and/or home. That way, you can choose what you hear. I get bored with satellite radio occasionally, so I’ll pop in a mix CD I burned myself. And I love to seek out new music, from new bands. So I comb the internet for music that’s interesting, and then try to find copies of the music I like. If you’re adventurous too, then seek out new music. Explore every avenue at your disposal, and you’ll find that the best music isn’t played on the radio, but is hidden, and awaiting your arrival.

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