Before I lived in Houston, I lived in Dallas for two wonderful, glorious years. I love Dallas. Better weather, colder winters, and a good NPR station. The station up there is KERA and I was in love with that station. It was on in my apartment all day every day. I knew what time of day it was by what program was on the radio. There were two stations, one with just classical (which I never listened to) and the one with all talk all the time.
Then, I moved to back Houston. I still love NPR, but only for a few hours each day. My new NPR station is under the impression that classical music is better then The Diane Rehm Show, The World, or Fresh Air. Um, no. Sometimes I want to pull my hair out. The news in the afternoon does not even start until 4 oâ€™clock. *sigh*
A couple of days, ago I started hearing commercials on NPR for the shows mentioned above and my heart started to skip wildly. Could it be that I would finally be able to listen to these shows every day, in my car or at home? I went this morning to check out the web site, which the commercial instructed me to do. I have never been impressed with any NPR station web layout and it took me a minute or so to find the information I needed. (literally it was a minute or less â€“ I am so impatient!)
My heart is broken and I am a little miffed. I can only listen to those beautiful shows if I have an HD radio. Which begs the question: If my local station can afford to run three simultaneous stations at the same time, (two HD stations with different content and the regular station) why canâ€™t we just have ONE that does it all well? Or even two? One for classical and one for talk? How many people can really use this service now? Ten?
What a waste of good programming. And no I do not mean The Front Row.
–Jane, keep in mind, this is all personal preference