The past few weeks for two days per week I've been listening to a radio with ear-buds at work. I had a $10 coupon for Radio Shack located nearby so got a small, digital very inexpensively. It's been about a decade since I've heard public radio on a regular basis.
There were portable, "Boom Box" radios blasting when I took the current job. Funny how I used to resent listening to other folks preferred choices before I recently started to miss having any music in my day.
At work there's been no music allowed for several years now. when a certain manager is in charge, so on his Days Off for the longest time I'd been watching everyone else with music sets without joining in. I think the monotonous stuff I do is about 20 times easier with tunes to move with.
I've made a few observations. There is only one station that comes in at my workstation. 102 FM. "Classic hits all the Time." Almost all the same tunes used from the oldies were the same ones I heard on WROR growing up as current hits.
Elton John seems to have cornered a market in Radio-Land. I wonder if he signed away his royalty rights to "Tiny Dancer," because it plays everyday, several times. I'm also getting pretty tired of hearing the Eagles constantly. I seem to have purchased cassettes or CDs of most of these hits in my distant past too.
Some one I know working at a Cape Hospital said 102 FM is the only station they get to hear at work there. So I'm not the only captive audience.
Altho I dislike not having music to work with most of my week, at least I don't get utterly sick of it, as I tend too when you're stuck with easy-listening piped in stuff. I recall one very long elevator ride in Boston awhile back to the 32 nd floor, stuck with orchestrated Beatles- without vocals! For me, that's the worst thing ever...
Are you captive to radio music sometimes, or do you get to choose with an ipod / mp3 player?
(Too much lightening to go online at all last night, had alot of NorEaster rain here, n flooded roads today. TG it was my Day Off, without pressing errands.)