Imagine my surprise, on a recent trip, when I discovered my rental car was equipped with a state-of-the-art XM Satellite Radio Receiver. I was aware of a few things about Sirius and XM, the two competitors in Satellite Radio: both are comparably priced- at around thirteen dollars a month for the service, and around fifty dollars to get started with a satellite signal receiver. Both offer commercial-free music channels, staffed with real-time, live DJ's that take requests from the audience. And both services offer multiple channels in all the main genres: Rock, Jazz, Country, Oldies and so on, as well as live weather and traffic for around 22 of the top urban areas. And for sports nuts, they offer every baseball game of every team-all season long! The main difference is that XM features more music channels and thus a greater depth of the number of artists and the types of music.For example, XM has seven channels devoted solely to the various nuances of Country Music, from the Classic Country playing Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Buck Owens to their Progressive X‚Ä́Country channel that plays Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen and John Hiatt. (This is just one example, they play an astronomical number of artists in every genre) They are likely to play artists that will make you exclaim-I have never heard of them before, but I love them! In addition, the ability to hear every pitch of every game of your favorite baseball team was an unattainable luxury until now. There are other compelling reasons that will make Satellite Radio a hit with anyone. There is no static! For those of us that grew up with scratchy AM signals that faded in and out at the worst possible times, the clear, unwavering digital Satellite Radio signal is uncanny in its behavior of not weakening or fading out.
Forget the assault on your ears of the static of AM, the Satellite signal is like something out of the future-it just sounds so good! Furthermore, the sheer number of channels will expand everyone's knowledge of music and culture. One minute you can be listening to Henny Youngman on one of the Comedy Channels, switch to Talk Radio (They have the America Right and Air America Channels), and then go on over to Major League Baseball channel 175 and get the latest news and talk. Then you can, with the easy push of a preset button, go to a relaxing and uplifting station like XM Chill that has superb ambient music 24 hours a day. In all, XM offers an astounding array of music, news, weather and sports. Beware, Satellite Radio is highly addictive. Once you have experienced the static-less, all digital difference, you will not be happy with all of the commercials, mindless chatter, and white noise of terrestrial radio.
Posted by larry dixon at 15:12:00. Filed under: General