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?

ChrisS's picture

At home, there's two stereo systems, each with tuners, and a Boston Acoustics Recepter Radio on the bedside table. At work, I have three systems with tuners and of course, there's the car radio. Yes, whenever I'm not listening to vinyl or CDs, I'm usually listening to FM radio and more than ever before.

rpeluso's picture

Not on my home stereo, but in the car, definitely.

John Akkermans's picture

Got rid of tuner two years ago. Now, Internet radio or via cable and decoder.

pdavis's picture

Cox, Viacom, and Infinity destroyed it years ago. There are only three good cities left for radio: NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia. Radio is dead. long live radio.

Jerry's picture

These days, radio stations plays MP3 off hard-disks... No point having a high-end tuner to listen to a compromised source.

Will's picture

But only Public Radio (WV Public Radio, an excellent state-wide broadcasting system).

Frank's picture

I have DAB, but no recieving signal. I have a Revo Internet radio adaptor also, but FM is easy, nice listening. Greetings from Amsterdam!

LPSPinner.'s picture

Public Radio stations and government-owned national broadcasters are some of the best sources of quality free to air music and access “Live to Air” musical events available. Being able to listen to new and unsigned artists before they become commercialized is a real treat and classical music is such a wide genre that the specialist classical radio stations are one of the few ways of sampling the entire spectrum of new and traditional classical music. In Australia, these stations are generally free from dynamic compression and can offer good technical quality as well as musically diverse programming. Long live FM Radio.

steve anderson's picture

I listen to pirate radio way more than commercial.

Andy Traxel's picture

My favorite local FM station is a low-power college station on the left end of the dial. And I'm not located the best for reception. So I'm better off listening to their webstream than trying to pull them in off the air.

zoeinterloper's picture

Now that WDET Public Radio had a brainstorm that talk radio would be a rare asset to our air waves, music in the morning/afternoon (without commercial interruption) no longer exists in Detroit. If it weren't for CBC2 from our friends in Canada, I would have no use for an FM receiver at all. Too bad, I loved radio in the free-form FM days. Hey, how's the record (LP) industry doing?!

AJSchmidt, San Jose, CA's picture

Even though I am still a committed NPR fanatic, for music, I am looking to online reviews/samples most of the time. Still wanting five-hour 192/24 Blu-rays . . .

Wayne's picture

I wouldn't ever want to be without FM radio.

3rd cost Dave's picture

I say more than ever, because as my system has improved over the years I enjoy listening more. FM is always on in our house. Sadly, there are fewer and fewer classical and jazz FM stations every year. NPR stations here in Wisconsin now have their HD stations that promise 24-hour classical programming so this is my next area to explore. Radio is the place to get exposed to music, both new and old.

obieseven's picture

Soft-rock for waking up, which is wife's choice—I don't mind the music but I never hear anything I want to run out and buy. Some NPR in car. My brother listens to and likes WXPN out of Philly, but I am too far out or the city for reception. No tuner in main system.

Tim Bailey's picture

We are very fortunate in Australia. There is a national satellite-distributed public FM service of very high audio quality for classical and jazz, with a tiny bit of world music during AM and PM drive-times. Regular, simply-miked live broadcasts of acoustic music. With international touring groups included, such as the Tokyo Quartet, and Il Giardano Armonico. Most large cities have at least one other community based broadcaster, whose outputs are more broadly based while retaining good audio engineering practice. Such live broadcasts of acoustic music in simple stereo are a true high-end source.

Amir Kessner's picture

Just on the road and in the bathroom, not in the main system.

Steven's picture

Less. There is just so much more variety available via satellite radio. Also, since most of my listening takes place in the car and most of the time in the car is during rush hour when ad rates are highest—when I most need the release provided by music (sitting in traffic after work), satellite radio plays music and FM bombards me with commercials only occasionally interrupted by the 15 songs on their playlist.

harry's picture

Yes, I do still listen to quaint, analog, terrestrial radio. I often do, in fact, on a little Grundig portable similar to that you have apparently used for your caption photo. Through vinyl LPs, open reel tape, cassettes, digital downloads, and satellite/HD/DRM radio, that has been the one constant in my listening habits.

Theduke's picture

Mostly NPR and college radio now. We're lucky to have WNYC, WBGO, WFUV, WFMU, and others here in the NYC area. I fondly remember the golden days of FM in the late '60s to the early '80s. Stations like WNEW and WPLJ were culturally important to a generation. WPIX, for a few months, in the late '70s championed punk and new wave. Today commercial FM is so very bad. Heck, they even took our oldies station, WCBS, and made it into a bland imitation of itself (no doowop). Sad, sad, sad.

Scott's picture

In the car only. I use Internet radio now w/Squeezebox.

Mario's picture

Web Radio rules!

Michael's picture

My B&K TS-108 tuner + analog WQXR classical radio station is more invloving & less fatiguing than any digital set-up I have heard.

Hector's picture

In my country there's DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), which makes FM pretty much obsolete (although FM under ideal conditions sounds better).

Mark G.'s picture

I don't listen as much. Only NPR. The other stations just aren't worth listening to. Mostly in the car, but I do have a receiver in my second system that gets good FM.

Steve Baker's picture

Why would I when my iPod sounds better and has no commercials?

Kevin Egan's picture

FM is irreplaceable: I can't barbecue in my backyard with satellite or wi-fi—or enjoy the brilliant sound of my classic H-K and Dynaco tuners.

zags's picture

NPR occasionally, but mostly CBC Radio 2 on the web and in the car.

Norman Liu's picture

I have mostly cut back because the only local station worth listening to, the local NPR affiliate, signal has gone to crap after they transitioned to HD radio. They tell me I am the only one who has ever complained, but the sound really is unbearable. Interesting fact is that the online feed at 128 Kbps sounds fine, so the signal at the board is fine.

Stephen Curling's picture

With commercials, stupid morning shows, and bad music, radio offers very little in the way of music. NPR gets most of my attention.