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A Sound Salvation by Helen Bach

I have had a love hate relationship with radio for years. I recall creeping out of bed to listen to late night college radio as a kid and screaming when format changes brought it from punk to classical depending on what student was in there spinning the platters.

After that I endured the Rock stations that brought in the same hits by the hour, the Classic Rock hits, the Top 40 stations.

But I grew up, got some cash and invested in Satellite radio. 120 stations of no commercial tailor made fun! Yuuuuuuuuuuuus! I had 90s alt, 80s alt, 40s swing (hell yes), comedy, sports.. and and and.. I loved it.

I was a cheerleader for team XM!! I was psyched, I got snooty to others.. ‘oh I don’t listen to commerical radio’…. yeah I was livin large sporting the big station guide on my desk.. hmmm what music goes with my new grey suit anyway?

I knew all the new music before the musicians did, I was cutting edge and super swank and ohhhhhhhhhh you’ve not heard of Muse yet? ahh a shame.. you will, you will..

Then it happened

‘Searching for Signal’

huh? What a buzz kill out of nowhere I couldn’t ‘get it’, I called HELP ME RADIO GODS!…. well if you lift the box above your heart and point it toward the nearest Starbucks then shut it off for 30seconds turn to channel 1 and do the hand jive it will be back in 20 min.


ok so I did it .. over and over and over… and finally lost my mind.


and I didn’t say it nicely either.

I want music. I want it when I want it and I want it how I want it and I’m not kidding, I’m spoiled. So now what the heck do I do?

Well I logged in turned on and dropped out. The Internet has some amazing listening options there for the taking. All you need is an Internet connection and some speakers. I have recently been addicted to LastFM, today I’m listening to Decemberists Radio and (ahem) Fleet Foxes were on the playlist. Right now My Brightest Diamond and The Great Lake Swimmers.. neat huh? No clue who these bands are but if I like them Ill find out. AOL radio is also killer, say what you will about it, its great categorization.

My local cable company also offers channels of music. YAY! ok not so good but it IS pretty cool to have holiday inspired playlists without the work (and discover some humdingers too!)

So don’t get boxed in. I’m sure some of you can suggest even more online radio for me to play around with. I’d appreciate it and so would my ears.

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