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May 14th, 2005

Radio Radio

I was strolling through the Ping’s archives – still located in the web’s catacombs – and came across this little gem I wrote back in 2000 about how great digital music was going to be. It’s actually kind of funny how spot-on that Ping is: there aren’t any CDs in our house (well, CDs of the non-mix, store-bought variety anyway,) I have an iPod, and all of our music is on the computer I’m using right this second. And two years ago I was bemoaning the change in the radio landscape – noting that I mostly listened to CDs and the like at that time.

A few weeks ago, Pinger Greg asked me if I had heard something on a particular radio station. My response was rather surprising even to me: I really don’t listen to the radio anymore. Ever since I started taking the train to and from work, my radio listening has absolutely plummeted. I do turn it on when running errands in the car, but that’s about it – I don’t listen in transit to and from work, and I don’t listen at work.

The only thing I really do listen to on the radio anymore is NPR on the weekends – which my Mac faithfully records for me for later listening (I guess it’s “podcasting” in a weird, bastardized sense) – so I’m not really listening to that at the time it’s broadcast, either.

The funny thing is that there are some things I miss about radio, but not many – I have nostalgic feelings for the time in my life when I discovered how great radio was and that’s about it. Radio just doesn’t feel as relevant as it once did.

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