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?

Doug Bowker's picture

Yes, just as much as always, which is to say when I can't hear my own stuff. In the car 75% of the time, but I do like my Sirius (except the crap sound quality). At home I have a classic Magnum Dynalab and can bring in some great channels. Some local PBS stations play live shows, which are great.

Ken's picture

I listen to "classic rock" and I never heard anything new or anything that I didn't already have in my personal collection.

Carey Marks's picture

Yes, and here in the UK we are now being threatened with the distinct possibility of having the signal for all analog radio turned off by 2015. It's a huge shame and something that lovers of quality radio are very disappointed about.

John Nyilis's picture

We have a twenty-four-hours-seven-days-a-week classical music station in the Albany New York area: WMHT FM -89.1. I listen to it every day. It is almost 100% listener supported. You cannot quantify how much it adds to the quality of life for listeners like myself in this area.

Kerry Beverly's picture

But only to stations that must beg to stay on the air two or three times a year.

DustyC's picture

Yes, despite the canned formats on most stations in town. The PBS stations are a must (real jazz on one of them!), along with some classical.

mrlowry's picture

When a radio station cares, the current FM standard is capable of wonderful sound. As is usually the case, the format isn't the problem.

SamS's picture

I've made a complete transition to Internet radio, both at home via Squeezebox and in the car via iPhone 3G. So long traditional FM, too many commercials, and your playlists sucked anyways!

Jeff's picture

Only in the car. Only Public Radio or college stations.

James Boychuk's picture

CBC Radio 2 and Espace Musique(French CBC)—the best in jazz and classical without comercials. Great programming without compression.

David J's picture

The music industry in general is trashy compared to what it was in the '70s and '80s. Because of that, and the constant time shifting that radio is doing with various programs, I find myself listening via the web more than FM. BTW, don't tell the audiophile community, but my computer is connected to my audio system. Guess what, it sounds fine to me.

Peter Nadeau's picture

Listen to FM radio in the mornings during my commute to work.

Dan W's picture

It's the best source of classical music in Southern California.

brendon's picture

Nothing quite like hideous quality tied to spotty reception.

adam's picture

Only in the car.

Fran's picture

Especially to college stations where they play the lesser known and emerging music. Not too familiar with what is offered on satellite or web. Is satellite worth the subscription fee?

Don Bilger's picture

I gave up on FM radio in 1997 when the new owners of Detroit's classical station, WQRS, changed its format to alternative rock. Detroit acquired a new public FM classical music station a few years ago, but it uses so much dynamic compression that I can't bear to listen to it. As a result, my tuner continues to gather dust.

ch2's picture

Now more than ever, because I listen over the Internet to all my favorite FM radio stations from all over the country. Those that I listen to often enough, I join as an active member.

geoff's picture

I listen all day (at work and in my car) to a great jazz station, WDUQ, here in Pittsburgh.

Max's picture

European broadcasting agencies just push so much high-quality classical programming over the waves, it's a shame not to indulge in it!

Chris's picture

I listen to WETA-FM in DC every day using a Magnum Dynalab MD-90. Long live analog!

Chip's picture

HD radio!

mike eschman's picture

Only in the car, and only talk radio.

Al Earz's picture

I seem to either be listening to XM or talk radio. Is that a sign of age? Argghhh, I woke up and caught myself shaving my dad's face this morning!

N's picture

Only while driving.

Fred G's picture

Only car use.

rvance's picture

Where I live we don't have the AOR stations that were so prevalent in LA in the golden '60's-'70's. Like KMET, KLOS KPPC, KROQ, even KRLA AM was awesome at the time. Does anyone anymore? Now on KHSU in Nor Cal it's NPR, which has Le Show with Harry Shearer (previously of Credibility Gap fame and now of The Simpsons), All Things Considered, A Prairie Home Companion, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, Mountain Stage, and Fresh Air, which is a fine lunch companion when you want a nice break from work. Actually, more quality programming than I have time to listen to. But it will never be like calling KMET and talking to B. Mitchell Reed, The Obscene Steven Clean, and Mary "Mounds" Turner about what you were smoking at the Bob Marley concert. Those days is gone!

C.  King, Thousand Oaks, CA.'s picture

It's true: you can't buy a thrill, but FM is free, for God's sake. What more can one ask? (No static at all doesn't quite apply, though).

Greg Self's picture

Sirius and Pandora make FM irrelevant.

Bill Sikorski's picture

New music is best enjoyed on my classic McIntosh MR78 or my new Sony XDRF1HD. Analog or digital quality is way better than web or satellite.