Do you listen to the radio more or less then you did five years ago?

In this week's Soapbox, reader Mike Johnston partly blames radio consolidation for music business woes. As radio ownership has changed over the last five years, have you found yourself listening to it more or less?

Do you listen to the radio more or less then you did five years ago?
Way more
3% (10 votes)
13% (38 votes)
A little more
4% (13 votes)
The same
20% (58 votes)
A little less
5% (16 votes)
14% (43 votes)
Way less
33% (98 votes)
I don't listen to the radio
7% (21 votes)
Total votes: 297

Anonymous's picture

I dont listen to the radio for music. I listen for sports and news

Paul J.  Stiles, Mtn.View, CA's picture

Waaayyy less. Because the FCC has been bought by big business, fewer radio station owners mean much less variety and choice. Music-wise, radio is a wasteland. Only PBS seems to still offer a real service to the public.

WalkerTM's picture

Call me an old curmudgeon, but most of what is called music these days isn't. All I listen to on the radio now days is news.

Joe's picture

I have been listening to old time radio shows that bet the garbage from the conservative propaganda radio.

Dave's picture

I only listen in the car. That hasn't changed in the last 10 years!

Christoper's picture

Got myself a Magnum Dynalab MD 90 to replace a 15-year-old Onkyo. Wow! What a difference! I'm definitely listening more to radio now.

tony esporma's picture

The only radio I listen nowadays are news station(indispensable for their trafic news in LA), KROQ and KUSC. Most other stations have gone to pot.

Bubba in SF's picture

There really are no stations locally that play anything new or different in jazz or blues. Albuquerque-Santa Fe is a small market made up of a couple of conglomerates that have their formula stuff, except for a good classical station KHFM. So, it is that or talk radio. At home, when I do get to sit down and listen I chose my blues, jazz or fusion from the 70's & 80"s. Sometimes classical on CD, LP or my old Denon tuner.

Jack's picture

Tired of buying CDs and when I get the Magnum Dynalab tuner, I should listen to radio a lot more.

Tom's picture

Nothing but crap is on the radio. I don't listen at all if I can help it. There was a good public jazz station in Orlando, but nothing liek that in Columbus. Every clearchannel station is the same-crap.'s picture

Refresh my memory. What's "radio" again?

Mark Gdovin's picture

Almost all my "casual" or "background" listening is via my tuner. This accounts for probably 60% or more of my listening time. I live in a great market with two wonderful NPR stations dead center in my tastes.

Stephen Curling's picture

I've gone from actively listening to the radio and have now dropped to sometimes listening to NPR in the morning on my 1 hour commute to work along w/ listening to CDs.

Brankin's picture

Radio in Milwaukee: Uninteresting, Uninvolving, Unimaginative. I do find patches of inspiration, but for the most part it's not the essential radio that formed and influenced my musical tastes 30 years ago. I count on my online sources to find new stuff.

Allan Stock's picture

Much more. I now have a forty-five minute commute as opposed to three minutes.

Oliver, Germany's picture

I often listen to radio, but almost never to music, mostly news, etc. Most stations play the same 100 "hits" up and down: Boring! I assume this is the same in US?

Older Brother Gert's picture

I have always listened to a lot of radio. My wife says I can't go for more than ten minutes without some kind of music playing, ususally the FM radio. I listen more these days because I own a Magnum Dynalab MD-108 FM tuner. My dealer looked at me kind of funny when I purchased it. But I agree with reader Mike Johnston that radio is in serious decline in general, however there are exceptions and a good tuner/antenna combination can really do wonderful things.Also my tastes have changed some since 1970. Unlike many of my peers, my listening habits continued to evolve after leaving high school. I listen now to probably 60% classical and 40% rock

Davet's picture

My primary choice for music is Jazz. I live in the Washington D.C. area and the choice for Jazz has been winnowed down to 1 station. Although this station delivers Jazz it also has a broad range of talk, raggae, carribean, and other venues which limits the Jazz time. Other stations have included smooth in their airings and that is like fingernails on a blackboard to my ears. However I do listen to quite a bit of PBR and Sports radio when on the internet. It tends to be just background noise. To me the airwaves were best in the early expansion of FM prior to the corporate moguls touting their products. There has been less and less music: classical, jazz, rock, etc on the airwaves. There has been a mass proliferation of formula station formats which has really limited the breadth of music offerings.

Mike Healey's picture

Radio playlists are so limited and predictable that they're not worth listening to anymore. And now we're supposed to listen to satellite/internet radio with a nameless/faceless DJ? If radio is going to succeed, let's hear more variety in the programming (even within particular genres, like classical, jazz, and rock) presented by a DJ with a personality (someone more interested in music than advertisers).

Doug Davis's picture

If it wasn't for our fine public station WCBE, I wouldn't listen to it at all.

Tom Warren's picture

i only listen to npr, or college and independant stations.

Tip Johnson's picture

No music - just NPR.

JHL's picture

I had already drastically reduced my radio listening. I think it peaked around 1990.

looking for a choice's picture

There are still a few bright spots to be found in the not-for-profit world but for the most part radio has sucked for years. At home and work I only listen to streaming "radio" over the internet. It's like the good old days with lots of choices and personalities. In many cases the quality is pretty good too. If it wasn't for these pioneering internet "broadcasters" I wouldn't have bought nearly as many CDs in the past few years as I have.

Anonymous's picture

Nothing good on the airwaves anymore. That simply represents nothing very original or interesting musically produced by the vast majority of artists right now. That's where the real music slump lies, not in downloads and 'music stealin', but in the lack of good stuff from artists. Waiting for the next big thing........ Phil

Steve Gilbert's picture

The ownership changes in FM radio haven't affected me at all; I never listen to popular stations. Here in St. Louis there are only two or three stations with halfway interesting programming, so owning a super tuner is of little value to me. My primary interest is classical music and the classical station here has been dumbed down over the past ten years or so. The NPR station here is talk only. The result is that I'm listening to FM radio a little less these days.

Andy's picture

The pablum that passes for music on most pop stations hardly encourages one to listen, or to buy the record or CD. Even worse, music in any form seems is being replaced by talk radio (radio's reality TV). One benefit for me is that classical music has filled the void and now fuels my listening passion.

Ed S.'s picture

Talk/news radio, not music, is what I listen to the radio for now. My stereo system is for music listening.

Tony P., Phoenix, AZ's picture

I haven't listened to anything but NPR and college radio in years. Commercial radio is beginning to rival television to the extent to which it nauseates me.

Daniel Emerson's picture

I have just bought a DAB radio, as the analog reception where I live is terrible! Not only am I listening to more of the stations I always did, plus there's a few really good digital-only stations that have become happily lodged in my presets. I won't try to convert you Americans to the BBC's superb cricket coverage, though. Okay, the sound quality isn't up to that of FM, but in my current system and circumstances I'd rather listen to lower quality without interference than the way it was. I even used to get hiss after switching to mono, which was no fun at all. I'm planning to move house soon, and I shall invest in a proper aerial and have both tuners hooked up to my system! I do listen to speech radio more than music, but now I can access all sorts of stations without extensive swearing and fiddling with my indoor aerial, I am listening to more of everything.