i hate the radio

March 31, 2011

I have never worked in radio. I’m sure it’s very hard. I’m sure very smart people run radio stations. I’m sure some of them are even good people, with good intentions.

But I hate them.

What do I hate? That when I’m driving to, say, the Black Diamond retail store at lunch to get a pinch in my new ski boot buffed out, every one of the stations I’m interested in listening to is on commercial break.

90.1 NPR? Oh, look, it’s pledge week. Is there anything more annoying?

94.9 (Utah’s Hottest Rock Station!)—Hey, I fixed my eyes, you can too!

96.3 X96 Alternative Rock (And the worst yet inexplicably longest running morning show in the history of radio)—Laser Hair Removal? It’s cheaper than you think!

101.9 The End—Are you in debt? I’ve helped literally MILLIONS of losers like you get debt-free!

103.1 Jack FM (They play what they want, they’re so edgy)—Hey, it’s the eye fixers again. Sweet.

103.5 The Arrow Classic Hits—Are you stuck in a dead end job? (Aren’t we all?) Go to our trade school.

And now that I’m done punching the buttons on my radio, Hey! Look at that! I’m now at the Black Diamond retail store.

I guess I was entertained. Was I not entertained?

I gotta get another book on cd.


17 Responses to “i hate the radio”

  1. KanyonKris Says:

    Amen. Do they collude to play ads all at the same time? Feels like it.

    My salvation is the commercial free New Wave, oh Classic Alternative, mix on HD-2 on KOSY (yeah, KOSY, go figure).

    Get the audiobook of “A Walk In The Woods” by Bill Bryson. Engaging to listen to and made me laugh on every drive.

  2. stevebpt Says:

    Brian Reagan live is also very good. Not a book but a great stand up routine.

    And I didn’t realize HD radio had commercial free stations. And it’s free. Oh wait, you have to buy a new radio. Another of those annoying commercials during the universal commercial break time.

    orrrrrrrr, MP3 into an auxillary jack if you have one. I don’t. I just keep pushing buttons. Or turn it off and amuse myself with watching other drivers try to race ahead during rush hour.

    • KanyonKris Says:

      HD radio has commercials, KOSY has them on their primary (HD-1) channel, but so far HD-2 is commercial free. My guess is when they upgraded to digital radio they decided they might as well throw something on channel 2. I keep waiting for commercials, but it’s been more than 6 months and still commercial free, yea!

  3. UNCLESL Says:

    KRCL, the only radio I listen to.

  4. Jared Says:

    new ski boot?

    • dug Says:

      don’t get all excited. factors. pushing megawatts still.

      we live in different worlds. i’m just glad i get to read about yours.

  5. Aaron Says:

    90.9, KRCL – it’s all the radio you need. Plus, pledge week just ended so they won’t make you feel guilty for listening to commercial-free radio without paying for it. Which is the same thing as stealing. Or worse. I’m such a horrible person…

    • Diane in WA Says:

      My hubby says the same thing about TV when he’s trying to watch several channels at once and they’re all on commercial.

  6. bikemike Says:

    to find a cool radio station call…1-800-336-4000, that’s 1-800-336-4000. operators are standing by, call, 1-800-336-4000, again that’s 1-800-336-4000.

  7. Jenn Says:

    German radio is the same, but with the added benefit that the commercials all sound like someone is screaming at you to eat your vegetables (because that’s what all German sounds like to my ears). And they mostly play bad 80s (or other bad American) music. Tremendous love affair with Rick Astley over here.

  8. evilbanks Says:

    I agree, regular ol’ radio blows. I used to have Satellite radio, Satellite radio doesn’t blow, Satellite radio kicks mean ass.

  9. Sara-no-h Says:

    When I was driving James to karate last night all 7 of my stations had commercials goin’.

    On a related note…what happened to Chunga?

  10. Rachel Says:

    Mark started Don Quixote. Have you tried that on audio? Part 1 is 35 CDs. No commercials.

    Wait…don’t you have an iPhone?

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