Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What’choo talkin’ ‘bout, radio?

Obviously a longtime fan of television, I've recently become enamored with a more primitive medium: talk radio. (No, not “Talk Radio,” the Broadway show we saw in 2007.)
Be it in my travels as a sports reporter or even on the way to and from a pair of recent get-aways, I've found comfort in listening to other blab on the AM dial while I drive. ('Cause, really, how many New Kids On The Block or Britney Spears CDs can you listen to in one sitting?!)

For example, your problems never seems so bad when you listen to the people who call in and seek advice from Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Even the all-news radio (the audio equivalent of, say, CNN or MSNBC) helps keep ya awake and alert on long drives.

All of those, however, rank behind sports talk radio, which I grew up on while listening to New York's No. 1 sports talk station, WFAN. That said, ESPN Radio is also starting to gain popularity in my car, especially when "The Michael Kay Show" hits the air from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. most days. From midnight to noon then back to midnight, sports nuts can listen to (and even take part in) the discussion around the clock.

Still, given all the time I'm surrounded by sports (work, etc.), Dr. Laura and her fellow radio shows — be they nationally syndicated or local — are a nice alternative, too.

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