I listen to a radio at home. It’s not my only source of entertainment, but it provides the greatest share of the audio stimulation I get.
I’m a fan and member of our local NPR affiliate, WBOI. So I listen to Morning Edition in the morning and All Things Considered in the evening. I also listen to jazz in the early morning hours before Morning Edition comes on at 5. I sometimes listen to jazz after 7 p.m., when All Things Considered ends. I catch other programming on WBOI at other times, such as Car Talk, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, The Splendid Table, Only a Game, and a great local show, Folktales with Gloria Meek, all on Saturday. Oh, don’t forget A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. For an interesting selection of music, I listen to Saturday Fade from 9 till midnight Saturdays.
On Sundays, you can catch reruns of Car Talk and A Prairie Home Companion. Other interesting program pops up throughout the day, but my favorite is The Burnt Toast Show between 8 p.m. and midnight. I don’t know where those guys find the music they play, but it sure is an interesting mix of unusual and entertaining stuff.
My radio has a CD player and an iPod dock. So I use it to listen to music I’ve purchased on CDs or downloaded from eMusic or iTunes. I have a pretty decent stereo system in the basement, but I don’t have to go down there to hear good quality audio. My radio is one of the most amazing electronic devices I’ve ever owned. It is made by Cambridge Soundworks, and is called a Radio CD 745. You can see it in the photo (look right). It’s not large and is not laden with fancy buttons and electronic displays. It just produces fantastic large sounds from its two tiny speakers. The bass is downright incredible considering the size of the equipment that generates the sound. I can’t explain it because I’m not an audiophile. All I can do is enjoy it in wonderment and congratulate myself on my good luck in finding such a device.
I’m listening to it right now, at 4:54 a.m. Smooth jazz. Excellent for getting into the right mood early in the morning.
I used radios when I was very young, mainly to listen to WLS in Chicago. That station had the best DJs and they played the best rock & roll, at least where I grew up. Now it seems to be mainly a talk station.
Hey, gotta go. Morning Edition just started.