Do you still listen to FM radio?

FM radio, once the mainstay for those seeking exposure to new music, is under attack from satellite radio, Web radio, and corporate playlists. Do you still listen to FM radio?

Do you still listen to FM radio?
More than ever
10% (40 votes)
Yes, just as much as always
37% (144 votes)
Yes, but less than I used to
20% (76 votes)
Yes, but much less than I used to
10% (40 votes)
20% (76 votes)
I never listened to it in the first place
3% (12 votes)
Total votes: 388

COMMENTS's picture

Progressive college stations, NPR, & WFMT. Everything else is weak, whiney, bubble gum, or smooth jazz—eck.

Jason's picture

While I work, mostly FM, then CDs. Little time, unfortunately, for dedicated LP listening.

Asgeir's picture

When you have Pandora, who needs radio?

Rusk Reeder's picture

Yes, mainly because of public radio. If not for that, it would be much less, because of corporate playlists which have destroyed music for the young people of today.

Jim G's picture

Stations on the FM dial used to be the anti-establishment way to hear music that the AM establishment would not play (songs over three minutes long, banned subjects, etc) Now most FM is just like AM.

Lawrie Allen's picture

Digital radio only works in one place in my house, but the FM sets work anywhere.They also sound better.

Daniel's picture

Due to the fact that I live in a lousy reception area of the UK, I switched to DAB digital radio a few years ago. It offers more channels and I can get a reasonably good signal, thanks to the use of an aerial amplifier and much fiddling about with its positioning. However, the sound quality is not up (even at best) to FM standard. I had to make a compromise, one way or another. My next tuner purchase will, hopefully, be a decent quality FM/DAB+ hybrid. On the other hand, the BBC additionally broadcast all their radio stations by digital TV, which offers better sound than DAB, so I try to use that option, where possible.

Nathan's picture

Regularly, but Just for NPR. Most new music is through word of mouth for me.

Nick's picture

Now is the time to buy a nice second-hand tuner on Audiogon. Me got my eyes on a used Kremlin.

DAB, Pacific Palisades, CA's picture

The quality of FM radio has diminished over the years, but to answer the question, Yes. I still listen to FM. Here in the LA area, FM radio has been recently improving. In particular, a new station called "The Sound" (I am in no way affiliated with it) has given way to playing large volumes of quality music, while decreasing the almighty dollar-oriented commercials. I also listen to satellite radio, which is far superior to FM; however, it is not possible for me to listen to satellite all the time, so I need to defer to FM. Then, there is the reception issue . . . .

ManoftheLand's picture

WBGO is still my source for new and classic.

Matt's picture

Satellite radio in the car and at home have completely removed broadcast radio from my listening experience.

Stephen Mejias's picture

FM radio was a huge part of my childhood, but now I almost never listen. I only hear it from passing cars, blasting the sex-jams through their open windows.

Fred Nebbish's picture

NPR is still some of the best programming around. Unfortunately, our formerly excellent folk music station has abandoned the format in favor of inferior singer-songwriters and bad light rock programming. Yes, I mean you WUMB!

DG's picture

Sure. For me, that's where NPR is. And there's middle of the road classical via WRR and background listening via any number of rock and classic rock stations. My dealer and I agree that my 30+ year-old Denon tuner and a Fanfare FM2 antenna is adequate to those tasks.

Russell Tiedt's picture

Content quality has dropped to an all-time low.

Tim K's picture

Only in the car on occasion.

wazzo's picture

Nothing to listen to!

stephen w sweigart's picture

Sirius XM.

Gerry G.'s picture

Yes, in the car (~50% of the time). But that's almost exclusively NPR news and talk shows. New music exposure is usually via the web.

Les's picture

It's free, there is good general choice for me on the dial. It is, when played back on a good system, a true hi-fi and real sounding format. It has a body and soul to it, if it's being transmitted well and played back well by your system. Digital/satellite radio is often heavily digitally compressed and lacks life and soul.

Janko Papic - CHILE's picture

FM is death. Long live to vinyl!

Louis P.'s picture

FM still lives in my house thanks to 101.9 WRXP (NYC). I can play "Stairway to Heaven" or "Layla" whenever I am in the mood, not three or five times each weekend. Meanwhile, I am very happy to listen to "old stuff, new stuff, good stuff" the rest of the time. I am sure that there is a special place reserved down below for the Clearchannel Evil Empire.

Patrick's picture

If I start to miss FM radio, I just play a Nickleback song for about an hour straight and I can't tell the difference.

Austing Kuipers's picture

Since I replaced my iPod with a Cowon S9, I have been listening to local rock and classical stations more than I ever have before. I had a high-end component tuner previously that just gathered dust, Now I know what the old Walkmans were for.

Jay's picture

Only in the car.

Jimmy's picture

I only listen to FM in a vehicle, usually when traveling. I scan the dial to find wnatever I may be interested in listening at the time. This also applies to AM. I would go satellite when the subscription falls below $5/month.

Nate's picture

I love FM—doesn't that stand for Free Music? It's a great way to listen for new music. Living in the NYC area, I find myself tuning in to WBGO quite a bit. 96.3, when the mood strikes, is also a fine station. There are others as well. I enjoy satellite radio for the same reason—exploring new music—(though it's not free) and so far, I only listen to satellite in my car.

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

Of course I do! How am I going to hear good music? What media news outlet matches NPR? And in Columbus, we even get Ohio State, the Indians, and the Columbus Blue Jackets on FM. With good local music stations, why give up the radio?

Neil D.'s picture

Alberta is in a fortunate situation, having a publicly funded independent radio station. It offers exposure to a variety of musical styles and actually supports local talent. This station/network is CKUA and is also available online.