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

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?

jordan's picture

I bought a Fisher 100-B on eBay about a year ago and have been amazed by beautiful sounds it pulls from the air, plus for finding new music the DJs at WBGO, FUV, and QXR beat any playlist, Apple "Genius," or Pandora-type recommendation engine out there. Death to the algorithm, long live people!

Brian's picture

Minneapolis has some wonderful selections on FM. Lucky us!

Greg E.'s picture

I listen daily, usually when I get home from work.

Jim L's picture

KUHF has a wonderful classical music library.

John Freeman's picture

I live near KPIG, one of last real radio stations with real live DJs. You all should listen on-line if you don't live close to Santa Cruz CA. It is a classic in every good sense of the word. It beats anything on satellite or most stations on the web. It also is on the web—so listen, just go to their website.

Robin Landseadel's picture

Used to do programming for KPFA in Berkeley. I still listen to them from time to time, but there is a local station, Fresno State's KFSR, that regularly plays classic 50's jazz during the day and college station alt-pop later in the day. Commercial FM is over-compressed noises for willing zombies, but non-commercial radio is still happening enough to continue to be entertaining. In any case, no matter how good your FM receiver sounds, thanks to the innate limitations of FM signal quality, it never sounds as good as playing you own CDs and LPs.

Antonio G.'s picture

I love my Magnum Dynalab MD-90 analog FM tuner!

EP's picture

I listen to FM, more so in my car than at home. I have Sirius satellite in the car as well and it is great, except when driving under a tree or overpass when it loses the signal. When it annoys me enough, I switch to FM!

Joe S.'s picture

I listen to the radio on rare occasion now when I'm in the car and want to hear a local taste of music in another area. This is largely because I find it difficult to discover new music from large radio corporations. The web is the way to find new music now, specifically internet blogs/reviews and Not to mention the occasional Stereophile review. By the way, I wouldn't mind seeing a few more album reviews in the magazine.

Glenn Bennett's picture

We have a older Kenwood "rack system" (remember those packaged systems in the '80s) that we use for background music when listening to FM. The quality of the FM radio signal and the content is bad compared to the early days. It was great fun listening to the dawn of "FM multiplex stereo" in the San Francisco bay area in the early '60s. It was all about a quality signal then. And of course, quality programming (and I don't mean just classical).

Ricky d's picture

Yes. What's there to say? It is still there, and it's great for what ever comes up. And new stuff.

lou w's picture

There is no reason to listen to FM as the internet provides all the listening one could ever hope for

Daler Bumano's picture

The only FM we listen to is Public Radio, otherwise it's all AM. Haven't listened to music on FM in years.

S.  Chapman's picture

I don't listen to much local FM, because the stations in my area are so poor. There's almost nothing on the FM band except corporate commercial radio and religious talk. Our single NPR station, which used to play interesting music, went to all news/chat all the time about ten years ago. However, I stream noncommercial FM music stations from other parts of the country through my Squeezebox, because I still prefer the FM format to most web radio, with its computer-generated playlists.

Dick Stevens's picture

I split my time between Rhode Island and Pioneer Valley (W. Mass). There are several great radio stations in these areas. The sound is good and the music is varied. I'm Lucky!

Woody Battle's picture

I quit listening to radio about 15 years ago. When they quit having local programming, they quit being a viable proving ground for new music.

djl's picture

Even with satellite Internet, you can't listen to streaming online music. (there's bandwidth usage limits for the sky high technology). So the best way for me to listen to new tunes is by FM radio.

EkW's picture

It is free and sounds good.

Tom R's picture

I am working more from home these days, and often have the local classical channel on (KDFC). Sunday mornings KFOG has a great show, Acoustic Sunrise, which features many great live songs.

I.  M.  Lisnin's picture

I listen to the FM radio in my car, but since I retired I'm driving a lot less. At home, hardly ever.'s picture

Hardly ever any more. I never liked the stupid DJs that like the sound of their own voices more than music and all the advertisements anyway. Oh, and the repeating playlists of mainstream crap. But now I have an alternative in the form of Internet radio there's no turning back. Good riddance!

mook's picture

Of course, the stations I tend to like seem to have moved or reduced analog power to provide HD, so the sound isn't as good as it used to be. Must often, I go mono to cut noise/distortion.

Zoykey's picture

Every Sunday morning, great oldies and Beatles brunch—all McIntosh, of course.

Mark L's picture

I listen casually only as background music. It could be more if stations experimented more and got rid of many commercials.

Jeff0000's picture

XM Satellite. No commercials!

Goofy's picture

A tubed tuner is the only way to dial.

Rastanearian's picture

I can barely tolerate the commercials.

Teresa's picture

I don't like commercial radio because they seldom play the music I like. I discover new music by using the links from to listen to streaming audio of new SACD releases.

OvenMaster's picture

All that I have left that's worth listening to are two classical stations—not exactly "new" music, but then, most new music is crap.

Dimitris Gogas's picture

I travel more by car, so I listen more to radio.