This is something video streaming services haven't gotten quite right yet. I have a Plex server with 14TB of media on it and sometimes end up with a slight anxiety of having to pick what I want to watch when I turn the TV on. I'll waste 15 minutes scrolling through stuff when it doesn't really matter because I'm just using it for background noise anyway. With cable you just pick a channel and it goes.
Been noticing the same lately! Spotify radio still has the next button so instead I've been listening to After Hours trance radio.
Also, I'm not sure exactly how to describe it. But internet streaming just feels so sterile to me, while radio feels more alive.
The same thing with a live DJ -- their job is to watch the crowd, and the dance floor, and if the crowd looks like it is losing interest they alter the selection that makes everyone wake up and start moving. Or if it is getting too crowed, they put a song that has less appeal which causes a lot of people to leave the dance floor and head to the bar.
I suspect their playlists are generated at HQ and shared between all the stations. That's one benefit of not accepting requests.
When I'm doing serious work, I (maybe counter-intuitively) often put on a lighthearted/silly/dumb comedy podcast, and it serves well as background noise. I don't feel any need to pay close attention or rewind if I missed something.
When I'm doing a slow, rote, boring task, or something not too important or mental energy-consuming, or if I'm just in the mood, I put on a hard science or philosophy podcast (Lex Fridman, Sean Carroll, Eric Weinstein) and listen pretty attentively.
Same reason why news readership has gone up a huge amount this week
I love it.
the other nice property of things like radio and cash is that they continue to preserve our rights simply by using them regularly.
Edit: Stopping on 14.340 I got a Hawaii/California net and was able to hear people from Hawaii pretty well, which given my crappy antenna is a bit of a feat. I think propagation is improving a bit at last, which will be nice for people stuck at home.
And getting specifically the local news notifications makes sure the stuff I'm getting is actually applicable to where I am. If you're in a large enough market so that one or more local TV stations have their own local news apps, the push notifications can be useful even if you never look at the app otherwise (as long as the app can be tuned so it doesn't spend all day sending you random less important stuff - recipes and sports scores and human interest stuff - if so try a different station's app).
I've long listened to either classical or chillout / downtempo lounge in the office - mostly Soma.fm or di.fm - because I've found I want music, but don't want words - if there's lyrics, they distract from the programming project at hand.
I do have a small AM/FM radio in good working order, to prepare for the remote chance that the tubes break and the internet stops coming out of the tubes.
Well, they don't, right, at least those who are aware of and comfortable with alternatives? My impression is that the market segment for radio in 'normal' times is very small, at least compared to what it used to be.
The talk radio station I've started listening to this week has a daily football show, and it's all about salary cut negotiations, trying to fight off the bankruptcy of the entire competition, and finding ways for the league to generate revenue to stay afloat when there aren't any games.
The weekly footy TV show is my favorite though - they still have to do their sponsor reads for the sports betting sites, but without a single football game to bet on, they've started covering betting odds on German Table Tennis. Their struggle to find an hour of content has been hilarious.
But... speaking of sports and radio/ streaming: I'm working on an early stage project in the sports streaming space and looking for a technical co-founder. A friend recommended HN as good community to ask in. Any interest/ thoughts/ direction welcome!
Again, my apologies if this is outside forum norms - happy to take feedback.
Thanks for reading
I do, however listen to my local NPR station, and I do find them enjoyable.
Some of it is pop crap, sure, but it's really fresh pop crap. And some of it is the kid who's just discovering Elvis and doing an hour of Elvis every Friday night, and yeah I've heard the songs before, but the deejay's enthusiasm is really what I'm here for. And some of it is just weird, demo tapes from bands that probably played four gigs and might never play another one, but I know next time I'm out driving, I might be stopped next to their drummer at a light, you know?
And all the "ad spots" are PSAs. Some locally produced by the students, some from various state and national orgs. None of them scream at me.
It is bliss.
What I liked was that they were able and willing to play music that otherwise wouldn't ever hit the airwaves. A lot of local bands got air play, and I thought that was simply great since radio can often be super repetitive.
One night they were doing a punk segment, so I called in as a joke and requested the song God Damn Son of a Bitch from the Revolting Cocks. The song is an instrumental, so they played it. But the intro and after discussions were absolutely hilarious. They referred to it as "Gol Darn Son of a Bee" and made fun of the fact that they couldn't say much about it other than that it was thankfully an instrumental.
How can the radio station detect that radio listening increased?