Wednesday, September 10, 2014
THE ENORMOUS RADIO
Yesterday I was listening to the THE NEW YORKER podcast where this story was recently read by Nathan Englander, which brought home several things I have been thinking about. My history with radio--which I think Kent brought up a few weeks ago. What is my (your) history with radio?
First of all, I would never sit down as the woman in this story does and just listen to a Mozart piece on the radio. If music is playing, I am reading. Always. In fact, I could enjoy live concerts more if I could read while watching them.
What I listen to most on the radio now is NPR. Or some sort of informational show. Even back in the day, when we first moved to Detroit in 1970, I listened to the talk shows on at that time. I carried the radio with me from room to room as I cleaned my house in the morning. There were not usually political shows but more focused on what was going in in many areas. WJR was a great radio station then-with the Tiger games, Karl Haas, and a lot of other guys whose names I barely remember now. When WJR turned to broadcasters like Dr. Laura, and those even more crazy, I turned WJR off for good. Have never gone back to it either.
There are a couple classical/jazz stations we sometimes listen to in the car, but generally we don't listen to music on the radio. We are more likely to find something on the computer. Or play CDs.
As a kid in Philly, I listened to music on the radio all the time. They played the music I wanted to hear then. Maybe it was WFIL, I can no longer remember. I am pretty sure it was an AM station though. I don't know if I knew about FM or if it was around for pop music.
I don't remember the era when the radio played dramas and comedies but I bet I would have loved it.
What about you? What is your history with radio?