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I live around the Boston area, and have grown tired of all of the horrible rock radio around here. Everything sounds the same, from the songs being played, the contests always having to do with sex, to the dumb names of the jocks. As a result I've been listening to oldies stations or NPR. Today, I'm getting a c.d. player installed in my car. Does anyone have xm? Is it worth the effort?



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Wish I could help you, but I do want to concur. Boston radio is atrocious. Usually I'll be back and forth between BOS and The River, but there's got to be some FCC thing requiring at least one of those stations must be playing Springsteen or U2 at all times. I swear, between those two and ZLX, I have choked to death on Bono Vox.

But were you living here ten years ago? FNX used to be the best commercial station in rock radio history. You can still hear them scratch the surface of '93 on Leftover Lunch, but man, them's was the days.



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I rememeber the golden age of FNX. I dont mind ZLX most of the time. But to be honest I listen to WEEI about 90% of the time the radio is on.
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Everyone I know that has XM says "Get it...now." One friend has the home unit instead of the car version and when ever he comes home, his roomates are "borrowing" it. I consider someone saying that if someone is home, its always on to be a pretty high recommendation.

As for the sicktitude of modern rock radio (its not just in Boston), it reminds me of what Henry Rollins said. If you listen to six songs on modern rock radio, you'll feel like you just listened to the first half of a mediocre album. The scary thing is, its actually six different groups, and you can't tell the difference.
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I don't know anyone that has XM personally, but i can sympathize with your radio station suckness. If you're ever passing through Y-town, Ohio, you should have a CD handy. We have:

2 pop stations geared toward 12 year old girls.
1 "variety" station that plays all the same crap every day.
2 country stations (I can't listen to country for too long).
1 oldies station.
1 "rock" station that plays mostly southern rock.
Along with the classical stations (...I have no idea how many).

The closest thing we have to a good station is The Buzzard out of Cleveland, but half the time, I can't get it in clear.




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    Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger
    I live around the Boston area, and have grown tired of all of the horrible rock radio around here. Everything sounds the same, from the songs being played, the contests always having to do with sex, to the dumb names of the jocks. As a result I've been listening to oldies stations or NPR. Today, I'm getting a c.d. player installed in my car. Does anyone have xm? Is it worth the effort?


Try living in the Melbourne, FL area. Many of the stations in Melbourne and Orlando are owned by ClearChannel, so you can bet on hearing the same 20 songs every four hours, that is if you can withstand the minute-long bumpers that are aired after a commercial break. ClearChannel used to have a REALLY COOL classic rock station in Melbourne that played songs I never heard on other stations, but alas the format was changed to compete with the "urban contemporary" market about a year ago.



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Clear Channel's done nothing good except for turning one AM station into ESPN Radio. The "new rock" station plays the same damn songs every hour... it's ridiculous. Yay for MP3 car stereos.



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Clear Channel: Algonquin for "shitty repetative corporate radio"



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    Originally posted by Grimis
    Clear Channel: Algonquin for "shitty repetative corporate radio"


No doubt about that. Let me tell you about Q102 in Philly. Never mind the fact that it is a Clear Channel station, so it's 0 for 1 off the bat. Here is the afternoon-night breakdown.

2-6- Regular radio DJ, playing the same 7 songs (2 of which are Missy Elliot songs) right up until 6pm.
6-7- Carson Daly and his top 10 countdown. Now we get to hear the same 10 songs that the 2-6 guy played, only in a different order. The 2-6 guy gets away with it because he can claim that he didn't know what exactly Carson Daly would play.
7-11- The Freak Show, a dumb show run by three white guys trying to get teenage girls to call in. How do they do it you ask? By playing the same 7 songs again. And again they can play what they want because they "didn't know" what Carson Daly would play.

So basically you have Missy Elliot and Eminem played at 5:30, 6:30, and 7, EVERY DAY! When I worked in radio, we had to wait 3 HOURS before playing the same song over again, and 2 hours before playing another song by the same artist. Now though, I get to hear Cry Me a River by Justin 8 times in 4 hours. Whoo!



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On the stations around here, the one deejay will say a "sex" word while two or three guys crack up in the background. Then they talk about how being rebels and how other stations suck. If there was a law that said "No more infantile sex jokes on the air" these chumps would have nothing to talk about.



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Philadelphia has the infamous WIP, the nastiest sports-talk station around (at least when they're in the mood to talk sports, which isn't all that often). There's WXPN, one of the most successful listener-sponsored stations I know of (they're home to the popular World Cafe program, the long-running Kid's Corner for the young'uns, and a killer blues show every Saturday night).

Apart from that... er, well, it's a radio sinkhole.

Guilty pleasure: you can pick up New York AM stations from here, so you can hear THEIR sports-talk station or chart Bob Grant's increasing senility on WOR.



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You can get the FAN here in Mass sometimes too. But WEEI is listenable to most of the day (I hate the 7-Midnight guy)
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#13 Posted on

    Originally posted by Aldo D 2112

      Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger
      I live around the Boston area, and have grown tired of all of the horrible rock radio around here. Everything sounds the same, from the songs being played, the contests always having to do with sex, to the dumb names of the jocks. As a result I've been listening to oldies stations or NPR. Today, I'm getting a c.d. player installed in my car. Does anyone have xm? Is it worth the effort?


    Try living in the Melbourne, FL area. Many of the stations in Melbourne and Orlando are owned by ClearChannel, so you can bet on hearing the same 20 songs every four hours, that is if you can withstand the minute-long bumpers that are aired after a commercial break. ClearChannel used to have a REALLY COOL classic rock station in Melbourne that played songs I never heard on other stations, but alas the format was changed to compete with the "urban contemporary" market about a year ago.




That happened here too. They had a kick ass rock station that played everything from Led Zepplin to RATM but they had a terrible morning show "Lex and Terry" they could have just took that show off and keeped the station but they changed it to an "urban" station last april without any warning.





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#14 Posted on

    Originally posted by Jason K. H.
    As for the sicktitude of modern rock radio (its not just in Boston), it reminds me of what Henry Rollins said. If you listen to six songs on modern rock radio, you'll feel like you just listened to the first half of a mediocre album. The scary thing is, its actually six different groups, and you can't tell the difference.


i have always had issues with henry rollins spouting off about how bad radio is; when i've heard his stuff on the radio, it hasn't sounded groundbreakingly different to ME.

i'm by no means saying there is much good material on the airwaves. i'm just saying that the people who complain about it generally don't listen to/create anything much more interesting.
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Seattle's got it a little better - most of our radio stations are garbage, but we have KEXP which plays a lot of weird indie stuff. I'm not a huge fan of that type of music, but they have some good specific genre programs. Although, their rockabilly show on Friday nights has seriously taken a turn for the worse after listening to it for the last six weeks or so.

There's also 96.5, The Point, which is an "80's and more" station, with about 90% of the material coming from the 80's, so that's fine by me. Personally, I'd love a station with nothing but jazz from about '55 to '72 - lots of Trane, Miles, Mingus, etc..., but that's me.

As for Rollins, I think what turned me off about him is when he traded in his old band after "Come In and Burn" for an entirely new band, and they sounded EXACTLY THE SAME (same tonal quality - I guess he kept Theo Van Rock, the sound guy), except not as good musically. Well, it's not like he needs to do the music anymore, now that he's fairly popular with the spoken word stuff and 2.13.61.


    i'm by no means saying there is much good material on the airwaves. i'm just saying that the people who complain about it generally don't listen to/create anything much more interesting.


Go click the link below, something there might give you a thrill.



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Since: 25.11.02
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#16 Posted on

    Originally posted by jvincion
    As for Rollins, I think what turned me off about him is when he traded in his old band after "Come In and Burn" for an entirely new band, and they sounded EXACTLY THE SAME (same tonal quality - I guess he kept Theo Van Rock, the sound guy), except not as good musically. Well, it's not like he needs to do the music anymore, now that he's fairly popular with the spoken word stuff and 2.13.61.


what sucks is that Mother Superior, his new backing band, are a really good band. their albums, are good. their musicianship, is good. they're a really solid southern bluesy hard rock band. but with rollins fronting them, they become just another boring version of the Rollins Band. they're being TOTALLY wasted in that role..
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Man do I feel sorry for you guys. I've got 92.9 WBUF Buffalo's rock station. Everthing from Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, and The Boss, to Audioslave, and most of the other modern rock groups. Add to that Howard Stern in the morning (and they used to have O&A in the afternoon), you've got yourself an awesome station. My only complaint is that they play way too much Guns n' Roses.





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The Clear Channel monopoly has turnt me off completely to music for the past year or so. However, Congress is investigation them, and well hopefully they follow through and break these guys. XM is half owned by Clear Channel, so you might want to avoid that. Plus I like hearing local stations when I travel.

A good alternative is Live365.com, which has so many radio great stations. Along with a station with almost every episode of Wrestling Observer Live and Tombstone Radio which is nothing but wrestling theme music. Some other great stations are Dark Side of The Radio (Blues, Folk, Grunge, and Classic rock) and Classic Rock Live (Classic as in anything prior to the Clear Channel take over in 1997, so its pretty much everything.) The drawbacks, well it sucks if you have dialup connection, which I have, so I have to listen late at night or it skips. Also the sound over the net is great yet, kind of like your grandma's Tommy Dorsey records!



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Here's what's on my dial....

FM 95.9: Rock station, plays a bit too much of the numetal stuff and generic Canadian alt-rock.

103.9 The Hawk: Oldies rock station, and a very good one at that. Lots of Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin...all the classic stuff. Of course, they also play a good chunk of stuff like Foreigner and Bryan Adams, but the pros outweight the cons.

103.1 Energy Radio: The teenager station, with an emphasis on pop, rap, dance stuff. What you'd expect.

102.3 The Star: First of all, they have the most obnoxious promos in the world. Teen-focused, but with a good slice of rock as well. They also seem to have a bigger song library, since you'll be driving along and hear Avril/Train/Ashanti/DAVID BOWIE???

105.3 Kool FM: A rock station with some odd programming choices (Eminem, lots of Avril Lavigne), but they counter it with a very wide song selection of stuff going back to the 1970's.

97.5 FM: Adult contemporary. My mom's favourite station.

94.7 FM: My university's radio station. Underground stuff, only a little of which is good.



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