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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.

DDR


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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