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Old 09-07-2004, 02:33 AM   #1
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I just got satellite radio. I was really skeptical of the whole pay radio idea, after all, I can tune in to the radio for free like I have been doing all of my life. I guess I finally got tired of the ridiculous radio commercials and the same boring music. I have pretty eclectic taste in music, so the radio just wasn't working for me anymore.

I hooked up with Sirius, they offered the same channels as XM, they have NFL coverage, and I can play the radio on my computer without any additional equipment or costs which was a huge plus for Sirius.

First impression was "this is great"! Tons of channels, loads of music! I played around with the 184 channels for about a week and have settled into my "favorite" Sirius channels. There I was yesterday, driving with my girlfriend, listening to the satellite. I realize "Whoa, this is the eighth or ninth time I've heard U2...switch to the classic rock station....Jackson Browne? I bought satellite radio because I was tired of listening to this on the regular radio!" It was then that I realized, I wasn't really going to hear anything different on the satellite, just the same old stuff, pigeon holed into specialized little categories.

So what did I do, I switched to the AM and listened to local sports talk. LOL!

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Old 09-07-2004, 05:20 AM   #2
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LOL. One of the reasons why I listen to more AM nowadays rather than FM. It's great for staying in touch with the read world (news, sports, weather, traffice). If I get tired of AM, then I just pop in a CD and I'm set (really need to pick up a CD changer for those longer trips).
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:32 PM   #3
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Mike, where you are you might be able to pick up WXPN 88.5 out of Philly, source of the widely acclaimed "World Cafe with David Dye". Or if you are close to NY there is WFUV 90.7 from Fordham Univ. Public radio is mostly commercial free as it is supported by members, you only experience 3x a year for a week plea for $$. The plus is thats it's supported by members and programed locally so you get a much wider variety then from the mega-radio conglomerates. Also do a scan of the lower reaches of the dial for college radio stations. Certainly not full of slick dj's, and yeah they goof things up a bit, but that adds to the character.
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Old 09-07-2004, 12:49 PM   #4
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Is anyone else getting tired of conservative talk shows? The biggest AM station in my area has a 7 hour block of them. This station has , Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity, two guys that sound like Shawn Hannity, and Michael Savage. The worse thing is every show talks about the same topic. Recently I have started listening to NPR.
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Old 09-07-2004, 03:21 PM   #5
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If you have Dish (satellite system), they now carry Sirius with the basic service. If you spend alot of time in your home and have your satellite receiver hooked up to your stereo, it's a convenient way to test it out. I kinda like it. I despise radio banter.
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Old 09-07-2004, 04:03 PM   #6
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I am listening to Sirius via Dishnet like Mori mentioned, but although there is a lot of stations, and great quality of reception, after a while you keep hearing the same songs over and over. It's great to complement regular radio and AM and CD's, but gets old really quick as your sole source of entertainment.
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Old 09-07-2004, 04:53 PM   #7
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sole source? what about all that great dish programming?
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Old 09-07-2004, 04:58 PM   #8
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Hehe... I meant for (y)our audio pleasures...
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Old 09-07-2004, 09:58 PM   #9
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I have listened to FUV and enjoy it. I have always been a fan of public radio and was a regular listener of Felix Hernandez's "Rhythm Revue".

I was just hoping that satellite was going to offer a bit of the more obscure.

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Old 09-07-2004, 11:01 PM   #10
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good thing!
You just save me $$
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Old 09-08-2004, 01:15 AM   #11
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How funny is this... I checked this topic and the little Google ad at the bottom of the page was for...you guessed it, Sirius Satellite Radio!

The radio is good, don't get me wrong, but with all the great music out there it could be so much better!

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Old 09-08-2004, 05:10 PM   #12
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I think if I were a trucker I'd want it. The disco channel is pretty good!
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Old 09-08-2004, 06:45 PM   #13
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Hi all . My wife's new Honda has XM sattalite built in and she loves it. I set it for all those Jazz stations which she listens to on her 2 minute ride to work every morning. She has yet to try out the six CD changer in the car after 4 months.
And for Urkevitz try Air America out of NY, NY. along with NPR is a breath of fresh air instead of hot air from Rush and Hannity. XM has it also on their dial . Check the Air America website you can listen to it on your PC also. How is it that Sirius has posted a google add at the bottom of this post. Are they listening to us!!!
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I think Google may be listening.....

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Old 09-08-2004, 07:15 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Momotaro
I think Google may be listening.....

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Spooky how well this works, isn't it?
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