What type of broadcast music do you most often listen to?

What type of broadcast music do you <I>most</I> often listen to?
Regular FM radio
65% (111 votes)
XM satellite radio
4% (7 votes)
Sirius satellite radio
3% (5 votes)
DirecTV or Dish satellite music
2% (4 votes)
Cable music
2% (3 votes)
Web radio
6% (10 votes)
AM radio
2% (4 votes)
5% (8 votes)
11% (19 votes)
Total votes: 171

Do you still listen to the radio? With regular FM stations coming in for heavy criticism and satellite, Web, and cable radio readily available, we're wondering how or if you generally listen to broadcast music.

Al Earz's picture

I use XM at work, since FM reception in my office is so poor. Once I got used to XM, I started bringing the tuner home every weekend and listening while I worked in my woodshop. Great programming, although the signal strength leaves a little to be desired.

Barry Willis's picture

The only time I listen to radio is in the car, and then it's always Sirius. Outlaw Country, Sirius Disorder, and Jazz Standards are always in heavy rotation, but tonight while headed for pizza, I listened to the Doo-Wop hour on the '50s channel. There's always something appropriate on satellite.

Bruno, Slovenia's picture

FM radio stations on cable.

Daniel Emerson's picture

I recently bought a DAB digital tuner, since the analog reception where I live is awful. Added to that was that commentary of the Cricket World Cup (stop yawning, America!) was only available via digital radio. Although the sound quality of DAB quality is worse than that available from a decent FM tuner, the absence of hiss means that I listen a lot more to BBC Radio 3.

Stephen Curling's picture

I get Sirius satellite radio via DishNetwork and love it. No commercials and they offer music I like to listen to: dance, techno, etc. FM doesn't offer that.

Woody Battle's picture

I gave up on broadcast music about 10 years ago.

John L.'s picture

I dislike radio in general. However, we have been exposed to XM thanks to a new vehicle purchase. While the concept is quite attractive, even the non-commerical stations have some sort of annoying identification tag that they play after every couple of songs. The station and its format are clearly displayed on the radio screen and there is no need for station identification. If I pay for it, I want it my way and that would be with music—and only music. Are you listening XM and Sirius? I doubt it.

Aaron Trocano's picture

I have found a broader satisfaction of selections on Sirius radio.

Terry M's picture

A MOR light music station in London (Magic FM). Once upon a time it was Jazz FM but now the station plays no Jazz to speak of; they are getting away with the '& associated music' part of their (statutory) brief...!

Mannie Smith's picture

In Norfolk, VA, we are privileged to have two 24/7 public radio FM stations, one for classical music and the other for everything else (which includes many jazz programs). No complaints here!

Joe Hartmann's picture

Listen to for me means in the car. Ilisten to WQXR at home for the sound of simo broadcasts. I will sometimes venture into talk radio or news radio at my own risk.

JV's picture

XM in the car. Other than that I don't listen to the radio.

Jim Germann's picture

It's jazz, classical or "oldies" depending on the mood.

Al Marcy's picture

Why do you think cars have CD players? Even my 77 wagon ;)

Michael Reed's picture

Yes. I listen to college stations only. Overall, commercial radio sucks.

Anonymous's picture

I spend at least several hours a week listening to my local public radio station, classical music and NPR programs.

Dennis's picture

I have an awesome jazz station next town over. It's my favorite source.

Tom Warren's picture

In New York City there are plenty of choices on the fm dial.

Dave Bennett's picture

I mostly listen to the radio in the car. Last week, I rented a car with satellite radio, I don't know which service, and I hated it. It might have been nice if I had been driving cross country, but for just driving around town. I found the choice to be very limited.

G.S White's picture

iTunes Web Radio: the channel "Groove Salad," to be precise.

Tony P., Washington, DC's picture

Classical music on NPR affiliate stations is close to the only thing worth listening to on the radio these days.

Mark's picture

Just got XM for the home - Polk Tuner. Still evaluating it's sonic performance.

Anonymous's picture

There's nothing on radio and all i can afford is basic cable.

Travis Klersy's picture

90.3 KFAI here in Minneapolis. It is a community radio sation, with shows ranging from the earliest days of recorded music to hardcore punk to Hmong hour. www.KFAI.org . I am also considering getting in XM or Sirius.

fathom's picture

Our household uses Internet radio almost exclusively. I like the eclectic rock of "RadioParadise" and the lounge stream "GrooveSalad"; my wife enjoys the "UK Top Hits" and various Celtic stations. She mostly listens via iTunes; I have a hardware audio device called the Squeezebox that can access Internet radio directly.

Fred Huff's picture

I enjoy NPR through a Tivoli Model 1. It's easy on the ear, easy on the wallet.

Neil (in Alberta)'s picture

Alberta is blessed with a province-wide non-commercial radio station available over the airwaves. All types of music are represented. the station, CKUA. For those outside of the province, it is available on the Internet with an unlimited number of feeds. Now you may quit whining about lousy radio.

Norm Strong's picture

I listen only to KING-FM, a classical music station. And then only when I know something I want to hear is going to be broadcast.

Clem's picture

I ain't payin fer no ray-dee-yo!

Tuna's picture

FM radio, but the musical selection in my area of mid Michigan is very poor. The available choices hold my interest for only a short period of time or serve as background music while I'm concentrating on something else. Many times I just tune in talk sports programs rather than even bothering with music. So Sad!