My journey of life improvement has lead me to cut down on my television consumption. I always read that watching less or no tv was better for you, but until you try it you just don’t understand how much better it is. I still keep a 20″ tv for the Packer’s games and the occasional Rick Steves’ Europe episode.
For entertainment I find myself listening to the radio more. The main advantage of listening to the radio is that it does not lock in your sight and sound the way television does. I can wash dishes, cook, write or just plain stare out of the window while listening to the radio. With a tv I keep my butt in the chair and my eyes on the screen. My apartment is small enough that I can listen to it all over with ease.
One of the favorite things about the radio is that there are some stations that are commercial free or commercial “lite”. These are the stations I like to listen to; I have grown an aversion to advertisements. Some of my favorite stations in the Madison area are:
- Wisconsin Public Radio – I especially like Old Time Radio Drama. They had some interesting advertising back in the day!
- WSUM – the student station of UW Madison aka the Snake on the Lake
- WTMJ – for the Brewer games & Bob Uecker
- 88.7 Classical Music – part of Wisconsin Public Radio I think
- WORT – community radio at it’s finest
Thanks to the internet I can listen to stations from all around the world or those just outside of my geographic reach:
- WWSP – Student Station at UW-Stevens Point. Home to the world’s largest trivia contest!
- Polish Radio 3 “Trójka” – I think this is one of the Polish national radio stations.
- RTE – Irish Radio
- FM 102.1 WLUM Milwaukee – a fun station with local programming
- WTKM – Polka station from Hartford. I like listening to Polka on a Sunday drive. I can’t explain it.
Those are my favorites but I am always looking for more. When I was out in South Dakota I heard an advertisement for a radio show called the “Floydian Slip”. You just don’t get that on normal radio stations!
Do you have a go to radio station? Do you ever listen to radio from other countries or in a different language?