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August 27, 2008

Thankfully the FCC Agreed With Me, That Satellite Radio has Tons of Competition

By: The Dude on the Right
Sure, this blog "Title" isn't really that timely, but as I am planning a boatload of hours in the Dude-Mobile over the next couple of weeks, and even though said Dude-Mobile has Sirius Satellite Radio in it, I am actually putting together an iPod "During My Travels" playlist, for me to be able to listen to songs I totally love while I am in my car, via, well, my old iPod.

Now don't get me wrong, I love my satellite radio, am looking forward, thanks to the merger approval, of being able to get "Oprah Radio," or whatever it was called when XM was only XM, but sometimes, even with a boatload of commercial-free music channels, (and yes, Howard Stern being on vacation while I'll be in my Dude-Mobile does influence my listening choices), I still am a chronic channel-hopper, and the minute a song comes on Sirius Hits 1 that I don't like I switch to Alt Nation 21.  Bad song on Alt Nation, I'm off to Faction on Channel 28.  Sure, sometimes I'm in a country music kind of mood, so I head for New Country on Channel 60, but when I want a laugh, I know I can always hit the quadfecta of comedy at Blue Collar Radio on 103, Raw Dog (where they actually have a cat named Oscar hosting a show) on 104, clean comedy on 105, and The Foxxhole on 106.  But the satellite radio folks still have normal radio programming issues because the last time I was trying to impress my BFF, that satellite radio was way cool, Classic Rewind on Channel 15 seemed to be stuck in a Genesis/Phil Collins mode, and as much as I'm down with "Sussudio," I can only take so much Genesis/Phil Collins over the span of three days, and I was really getting bummed with her saying "Is that another song by Genesis?"

For me satellite radio, normal radio, HD Radio, and internet radio, all have one, major adversary of competition, especially now, and their competition is simply a person wanting to listen to only songs they want to hear.  And thanks to the likes of the iPod, iPhone, Zune, or wherever you portably bring your music, can someone please reiterate to the FCC that music competition is a playing field that no longer lives over their precious airwaves?

So, for me, I've already popped some Flo Rida into my "During My Travels" playlist, I'm digging the song "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. so that is there as well, and, I know, it's kind of cliché for this summer, but "I Kissed a Girl" is also in there.  Fine, I'll admit that I have some Hannah Montana songs to listen to, but as I play the playlist on random mode, I'm so looking forward to singing, speaking, and remembering the first time I heard Bruce Springsteen's version of "Growin' Up," from the Agora, for WMMS, and "seeing" Kid Leo prayin' for more watts, and as a boy from the Cleveland area, you can bet some Michael Stanley Band, or even just Michael, will be on that playlist.

Sometimes you hear new songs on the "radio," but thanks to technology, now you don't always have to go pressing buttons in your car to find them.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at August 27, 2008 7:32 PM


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