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Old 01-22-2016, 10:10 AM   #21
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We use Pandora or the cable company streams at home and OTA FM in the car. We also keep a "mix tape" CD in and switch to it when the commercials come on. I just hate monthly bills so probably won't go for the satellite services, but if I had to drive a lot or had a long commute then it would be different.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:12 AM   #22
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I just hate monthly bills so probably won't go for the satellite services
I just pay mine once a year. DW has OTA in her vehicle. She doesn't appreciate rockabilly, roots rock or alt-country as much as I.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:16 AM   #23
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OTA Wisconsin Public Radio junkie here! Great interview shows, some laughs, a wealth of how-to information and music that hasn't worn a rut into your mind. I love it.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:20 AM   #24
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At one time we had XM in all 3 of our vehicles, but something happened to the satellite receiver in my Prius a couple of years ago and the only solution anyone had was to buy an entire replacement nav system/radio which was megabucks. So I'm stuck with OTA. It's fine when I'm around town (I mostly listen to NPR, some classical and occasionally sports or pop), but one of my volunteer gigs requires periodic road trips into a real OTA desert. I keep a few CDs in the car for when I can't stand it any more.

I use the XM in the RV for the same reason. Bums me that you have to pay extra for NASCAR races so I do stream those.

DH likes a few of the unusual satellite channels (Sinatra, Comedy) so he keeps it in his car also.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:25 AM   #25
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I no longer listen to OTA anything, be it radio, television, movies, etc. I call all of this old media delivery system "push" media, as in it is all "pushed" at you, without your interaction, or choice.

With the advent of YouTube, Hulu and others engaging in a whole new kind of media delivery system, which I call "pull" media, I can select, or pull whatever I want to watch or hear at any time, most of the time with no or minimal commercials. Why would I listen to all that drivel (talk, endless commercials, etc.) in OTA radio or television when I can listen to my choice of thousands upon thousands of radio stations, or other music formats customized to my preference, etc., streamed to my phone, car, or laptop? Same goes with any media I watch. I have also stopped going to movies because this "push" media consumption experience (driving, parking, ticketing, crowds, seemingly endless annoying commercials and infotainment before the movie begins, unjustifiably high ticket prices, hit or miss movie quality) doesn't provide sufficient value to me for the money exchanged. Moreover, I could never consume all of the free movies on the internet in this lifetime (last night I watched 1999's Blair Witch Project for free, for example, and have watched all the recent major movies I wanted to see online for free).

Just recently I decided to completely get rid of all that bulk associated with media delivery systems at home (i.e., tv, stereo), in favor of simply streaming media. I decided never to own or pay for music, movies, or other entertainment media again. Talk about discretionary spending deflation!
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OTA radio and OTA TV. Works for me.
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Old 01-22-2016, 10:53 AM   #27
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I rarely listen to ota radio. The nearest good radio stations are CITI FM in Winnipeg and KQHT in Grand Forks but they are both about 80 miles away so reception is iffy at best. For a long time CITI was the most powerful FM station in North America but a few years ago something happened and their signal strength fell off drastically. I listen to them both over internet radio if I am home. In my car it is SiriusXM only.
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I listen to Radio Australia most mornings on 9580KHz on the shortwave bands (listening right now, actually), though I don't think that's quite what was meant by the original question. It does, however, qualify as OTA radio. I listen to OTA radio quite often at home. The local college station on the FM band (KALX) is mostly music-oriented, with a good diversity of music. The DJ's range from students of college age, to non-students in their 60's (and possibly one or two older, I think). It's good old-fashioned free-form radio made by people who actually like music. You never quite know what you're going to hear next - a stark contrast to the bilge that is broadcast by commercial stations in the US.

I also listen to BBC Radio on a free-standing internet radio set (though you can "tune" them in on a computer too). They are OTA in the UK. My favorites are BBC Radio 4, for current affairs, drama, comedy, and other spoken-word fare, and BBC Radio 6, a pop/rock music station aimed at middle-aged folk. Because it's British and focuses on my generation, it has exactly the musical sensibility I like.

However, I avoid US commercial OTA radio stations like the plague.
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I still listen to mostly OTA radio. We have good NPR stations, good "classic rock" stations and fair talk radio. It's usually possible to find something I like.

I know I could be doing better, esp finding interesting podcasts. I tried "smart" services that were supposed to find music similar to stuff I liked already, they did a very poor job.

Finding material (programs, songs, spoken word) to download, then keeping my iPod handy, plugged into a player, etc is all a hassle. The AM and FM radio just works. I'd never subscribe to satellite radio--I'm too cheap, and the serial "pushed" programming is offputting, even if there are no commercials.

One silver lining of OTA and other "pushed" media: I get exposed to information I end up needing/liking/finding useful that I wouldn't have selected if pulling from the "information boutique."
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After reading this, I realized that I have a problem. I am addicted to radio. My preference is commercial free satellite, but I'll be happy to stream too. And like the alcoholic drinking mouthwash, I resort to a fair amount of OTA too.

I have a problem.
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Anyone still listen to OTA radio?

I'm all in on NPR, too. I guess that's why I'm not bothered by commercials. I have a large backlog of local radio podcasts that I could never listen to when they aired because... I was working. NPR, broad topics, closest national show is probably Fresh Air.
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If I had a long regular commute or had to travel a lot in my car, I'd probably splurge for satellite radio, but I don't drive enough miles a year to justify the cost.
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Actually, no. Just the opposite. With sites like YouTube when you are watching or listening to something a long list in a side panel (for lack of a better way of putting it) comes up introducing you to music, shows, movies, and endless other forms of entertainment that you could never have found on your own. For example, searching/finding information, interviews, history,etc. on the making of Blair Witch Project, I was shown fantastic examples of Japanese and American anime synthpop music going back to the 1980's that I would never have found on my own (I have even been introduced to "gamer" music--that is, excellent music created for foreign ((Japanese in particular))and U.S. video games that isn't commercially available in the States). Same goes for being introduced to documentaries (PBS, History Channel, Nova, and a whole host of other channels), movies, music, television, interviews--historic and new--that you would otherwise never be aware of. I could never go back to OTA or old forms of push media entertainment, where the "choices" are all made for you and the consumer experience is not optimized.

Best of all, all of it costs nothing! A retiree's dream, IMO.
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In the cars, almost strictly OTH. I listen to NPR, wife listens to a local contemporary rock station. When together usual listen to her station. Our radios only need two program buttons.
On longer trip, use CDs or thumb drive (USB interfaces). We've even found Sirius preview channel just fine. I'd be willing to pay for a month service in the summer just for road trips but rest of year it'd be a waste.
At home, I occasionally listen to NPR through my phone. Any other listening at home is via streaming options. Can't remember last time anyone used a radio in the house.
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Satellite radio doesn't save you from long periods of DJ dribble

I listen to both OTA and Satellite radio. I flip around to find something worth listening to. I could live without Satellite radio but am willing to pay a steeply discounted rate for some variety.

Where I live I think the music mix on commercial OTA radio is better than what's on Satellite radio. When a commercial comes on OTA radio I just change the station.

Satellite radio doesn't save you from long periods of DJ dribble. If only they would just play the music.
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Actually, no. Just the opposite. With sites like YouTube when you are watching or listening to something a long list in a side panel (for lack of a better way of putting it) comes up introducing you to music, shows, movies, and endless other forms of entertainment that you could never have found on your own. For example, searching/finding information, interviews, history,etc. on the making of Blair Witch Project, I was shown fantastic examples of Japanese and American anime synthpop music going back to the 1980's that I would never have found on my own (I have even been introduced to "gamer" music--that is, excellent music created for foreign ((Japanese in particular))and U.S. video games that isn't commercially available in the States). Same goes for being introduced to documentaries (PBS, History Channel, Nova, and a whole host of other channels), movies, music, television, interviews--historic and new--that you would otherwise never be aware of. I could never go back to OTA or old forms of push media entertainment, where the "choices" are all made for you and the consumer experience is not optimized.

Best of all, all of it costs nothing! A retiree's dream, IMO.
I'm the opposite, I don't like the notion of an algorithm foisting "You might also like...{database correlated selections here}".

With the listener supported/commercial free jazz station I listen to I let the dj's make a wide, random, and varied selection of artists which then tickle my interest in buying an album or two.

But, that's just me. No better than any other approach. Ears open to whatever is good.
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I only listen to satellite radio. Can't get outlaw country OTA.
If I knew what it was, I bet I could get it OTA here in Nashville. (Still laugh at myself when moving here--thought the music would only be country and, therefore "terrible" IMHO. In reality, lots (and lots) of country, but a lot more to go with it.)
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If I knew what it was, I bet I could get it OTA here in Nashville. (Still laugh at myself when moving here--thought the music would only be country and, therefore "terrible" IMHO. In reality, lots (and lots) of country, but a lot more to go with it.)
I doubt it, Outlaw Country is anti-Nashville - they play real country on Sirius XM 60

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlaw_country
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If I knew what it was, I bet I could get it OTA here in Nashville. (Still laugh at myself when moving here--thought the music would only be country and, therefore "terrible" IMHO. In reality, lots (and lots) of country, but a lot more to go with it.)
FYI: "Outlaw Country" is a channel on XM/Sirius satellite radio. It's sort of the "progressive country" channel that plays a mix of old/new/ and eclectic (mostly country) music
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