Having been present at the creation of on-air pledging for public
broadcasting, I find a subscription service such as SiriusXM vastly
preferable to the endless rattling of the tin cup heard today on NPR
affiliates. A straightforward financial transaction with no appeals to
guilt and other such social pressure seems the likely path for classical
music services in the future.


On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM, Frank Strauss <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I very much agree with what Dennis says.  I have a decent sound system in
> the car; I can listen to SiriusXM, full res CD's and mp3 at 320.  When
> hurtling down the highway there is not much noticeable audible difference
> amongst the formats.  The two classical channels and the Met opera give a
> pretty good assortment of music, certainly not all baroque, and they don't
> have to worry about station identification on the hour and half hour. We
> often listen to the old time radio channel on a road trip, and we know that
> during the journey, except for a rare outage when going under an overpass,
> the program will play uninterrupted, with no need to find another station.
> I live in an area that has a dedicated classical FM station.  This station
> plays a great deal of program music, very seldom a whole symphony or other
> long work.  If I hear the Moldau again, it will be too soon.  The thing
> that is most irritating is the station's constantly asking for money and
> running 10 second commercials, holding my ears hostage while they do it.  I
> used to be a big time supporter, but no more.  They said I shouldn't listen
> if I'm not going to pay, and I agreed with them-I hardly listen to them any
> more. I have multiple sources of music at home, where I can listen to what
> I wish to. They are killing themselves.  If FM classical is to stay on the
> air, they are going to have to find a better model for financing it.  I
> think that is a huge IF.
> On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 5:15 PM, Dennis Rooney <[log in to unmask]
> >wrote:
> > Another view of SiriusXM. I had it installed in March, specifically to
> try
> > out on my drive North on I-95 to New York. It passed with flying colors
> and
> > was my companion for all 1,300 mi. I would not dispute John Haley's
> > complaints about its technical qualities; however, in an automobile
> > traveling at 80mph the compression is very welcome and the bandwidth is
> > more than adequate for the conditions. What SiriusXM in the car also
> > achieves is a way to travel long distances without the need to keep
> > searching for the next NPR affiliate and -- especially in the South --
> > avoiding the endless God stations and purveyors of right-wing politics
> and
> > overall benightedness. I found the situation so satisfactory that I was
> > never tempted to seek NPR programs. The same situation obtained on my
> drive
> > to Chapel Hill and from there to return to Florida. Frankly, whatever its
> > shortcomings, the service is another nail in the coffin of classical FM
> > radio.
> >
> > DDR
> >
> >
> --
> Frank B Strauss, DMD

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