TV, Radio, Internet...dishing dirt since 2001
Aside from Giants games and occasionally Ronnnnnnnnnnn Owens (Nowhere near as much as before Dec. 2 2011), I rarely even listen to FM let alone AM (I also listen to 49er games on FM if driving).It has gotten WAY too commercial laden. I have 10,000+ songs in my iPOD. No need to listen to terrestrial radio ever again. No offense Rich, I download your shows and listen to them on the computer or iPOD too. That way I can bypass the ads...
I listen to KGO as I get ready for work in the morning. Listening to the giggle-fest gets a little grating, though. What I have noticed lately are the constant mistakes that are being made. These are professionals? I listen a lot to college radio and they are much better than these clowns.
I listen to KCBS every morning, Monday-Sunday (but I listen via the FM feed).
AM Radio is a dinosaur. The younger demos don't even know what it is!! All other issues aside, if Cumulus could get an FM signal for the Giants, they would. FM Translators won't save it., doubling the power to combate interference won't save it. The discussions at NAB last week about "saving AM," is a little like talking about what's for breakfast the next morning after the Titanic hit the iceberg.
I don't listen to any radio anymore. About four months ago I had my car in the shop for some work, and apparently the guys working on it changed some of my presets to their favorite rock stations without asking me! I didn't realize it till a couple of weeks ago.
Not so much anymore. Occasionally for a news update. Advertisements with occasional episodes of screaming or giggling do not interest me. I am moving more towards podcasts where I can choose to listen to folks discussing issues reasonably or NPR on FM
I listen to KCBS at the top of the hour for the national news, and at the bottom. Else I don't listen - it's all negative drivel anyway - who killed who, who scammed who, what laws went into effect. Why do they think instilling fear will keep us around?
I have 1600 albums & 900 CDs. I love music--however I listen only to AM (news or talk) in the car. If traveling and my stations begin to fade, I have a 10CD player I turn on. I have eclectic taste and enjoy my large collection via ipod on shuffle.
Nothing much of interest to me on FM except KQED. Signals are generally not as strong as AM once you leave the immediate Bay Area. What does anyone listen to on FM? Aren't the stations all just about the same -- "Adult Contemporary" sort of canned music or newer stuff for the young folks. I've never been interested in anything on FM except KQED and A's games (since that's the only place to listen to them now). Even here in the East Bay, 95.7 is not a reliably decent signal. Listening to music is not the same for me as listening to some kind of talk (not news loops over and over). It is passive listening whereas talk shows are more engaging. In the car, music can get boring; I want some intellectual stimulation. Same with around the house. Music once in awhile can lift the spirits but for long periods for me it is just an alternative to quiet.I've never understood this big distinction between AM and FM. If there's something worth listening to I'll find it regardless of which band it is on. Same with young folks. If there was programming on AM (like there used to be) that suited their tastes, they'd listen to AM. But AM now has turned mostly syndicated talk or religious or Spanish or Chinese or sports. None of it very interesting to anyone anymore. And as I asked at first, what is on FM to listen to?
I bounce between Sirius and iHeart Radio. I listen to AM radio stations on iHeart radio: KGO,KFI, KKSF and WTAM out of Cleveland Ohio.
I grew up with 2 stations, KCBS then KGO on all the time. Since the changes, KQED FM, KCBS, and 910 in late afternoon sometimes if I remember to tune in and listen. If there was a GOOD talk show (like John Rothman) with interesting topics not fluff, I would be there. If there was one spot with all good talk I may not change the station except for KQED FM.
When they blew up KGO I discovered podcasts and have never looked back
WIOD and WFTL are still a must listen to, daily... I miss SF Bay radio from the 90's. It was a heady time...
I don't even know if my radio works anymore. I have XM Satellite radio and listen exclusively to that.
I rarely even think about KGO any more - and before it was on 24/7. Once you get out of the habit of 'always tuned to' - it's easy to forget. And there's hardly anybody on there anyway worth listening to.
I'm going to be honest with 'yall. I like the feeling of ;being talked to' one to one that comes with many AM Talk shows. Not every host can do it. Just this morning, I was listening to MY RABBI Lapin,and later, America's Happiest Gardener, I hate thinking about gadgets and computers, but every week, I make sure to listen to Kim Komando, The Radio Goddess. Kim has fun with her show, she has a beautiful sultry woman's voice just enough to add a little spice in the info-soup of the hour. I have gotten used to John Batchelor's frilly type voice, because he too has fun, gets excited, knows his stuff cold, and is secure enough to co-host with other very accomplished people. I avoid Savage, because he is usually too down on everything (worse than me, even), When I've had enough of Colms(sp) on 910am rationalizing the DIM shortcomings, or when I'm done laughing at Colms callers treat him like a tardy substitute teacher in the wrong class, I ask, Hmmm, wonder what my Fancy Man is talking about? Then I walk down the virtual street to check out John Batchelor with his loud musical cascades and cresendoes..So yes, I still listen to a great deal of AM, don't take my Kodacrome away!
I used to listen to AM a bit for news and FM for music. But I found out that my smart phone easily connects to my car sound system via Bluetooth. No more radio for me.
The only AM I listen to is "Reel Time Radio" - a repository of airchecks from great radio stations (mostly AM) from the 60's & 70's. In their heyday (KFRC, KHJ, WABC, et al) were "must listen to" radio. Much more entertaining than what's on today - plus, the dj's like Dr. Don, Dan Ingram, Robert W. Morgan, were real professionals and stand far above whatever passes as "witty patter" today.
I only listen to AM for sports.
I used to listen to KGO until it went down the tubes. Now I have to listen to substandard stuff here in Sacto area. Blecch.
My beautiful 1995 Saturn has been stolen FOUR TIMES. Even with a stick shift, it's apparently easy. The last time, I was taking the trash out at 6 AM and my car was gone--and a pretty little blue Saturn was in its place, with the engine running!Long story short, they ripped out the radio and everything else possible, including the dome light. I simply left the big hole where the CD player radio was.I got a $20 mini speaker that connects with my iPhone and enjoy my music as a I cruise around now. If I do radio, it's through my iheart app. At home--I can tune into any radio program on the planet. So AM radio? Nah.
I haven't listened to FM radio since Howard Stern left. The classic rock stations are the same 30 songs over and over and over again. The corporate playlists are ridiculous. I don't know how many times I need to hear Freebird or Stairway to Heaven per day, but apparently they believe it's morning noon and night. I listen to Ronn, Radnich and Huckabee depending on which topic is more interetsting in the morning, Hannity in the 12 to 3 timeframe, Levin in the afternoons if I have the radio on. I've started to listen to a little bit of Savage since Rich praised him and I have to say I somewhat enjoy him. In the evenings its George Noory.I know most don't like them and I don't find myself agreeing with their politics but I do enjoy Karel and Monty. I miss Dr. Bill.
I haven't listened to AM or FM very much since I bought the lifetime XM radio package back in 2005. I don't really know anyone that listens to radio anymore.......lots of Pandora being played on smartphones in the office though.
I have always enjoyed AM radio. Unfortunately as Rich has highlighted so eloquently here on this site, most of the AM radio offerings are designed to be consumed by the thick skulled, mouth breathing non thinkers among us. Prominent among these offerings is KNBR 680 - and this applies for all their host except in Rich's case, Ray Woodson :). KSFO belongs in that group as well. I've posted this before but here is what my latest listening schedule is throughout the day:Driving into the office: Howard 100 or if I'm in a really good mood -- some type of FM radio. Prior to Sirius, it was a mixture of whatever was on 1050 or 560. Glad I'm not stuck with those options any more...When I'm at the office, I'll stream Jim Rome if my day isn't too busy. If I leave the office for lunch, I tune into Damon Bruce on 1050. He's the best thing in the bay area on radio IMO. And I'm in the demographic where an opinion matters. He's good. If I am feeling angry or just want to laugh - I'll listen to a segment or two of Hannity on KSFO. He's an idiot and I enjoy a good laugh whenever a guy who knows very little blabbers on as if he's an authority on anything besides sounding like a clown. It's become rare that I listen to Hannity.Unfortunately on the drive home, I can't stand Tolbert or pretty much anyone else on AM Radio. I tried, often to listen to Gil Gross but he just doesn't have "it". His show is all over the place, the conversations have too many starts and stops and before you know it: COMMERICAL BREAK! I feel like I never can get in a groove with his show. And its too bad because it's the closest thing we have to an intelligent discussion.So on the drive home, its usually some type of sirius programming (MSNBC, more howard 100, POTUS, or just music).I haven't listened to KCBS and if its just news and traffic...no thanks. That's a dated format. It's a punt IMO. It's lazy radio. BTW - I don't listen to Ron Owens mainly because of this site lol. You've convinced me Rich that Ron Owens is a sellout and mindless drone for his employer. I have no time for people like that. And really, I have no time for all the damn commercials on AM Radio. It's offensive and I don't tolerate it.
I need a news station, therefore I listen to KCBS (FM) but there are times when the FM signal isn't clear then it is KCBS (AM.) Slowly I am going back to KGO if Ronn has a good guest. KGO has a lot of ads, too many. At night I listen to Alan Clomes KKSF.
I haven't listened to AM radio since they started playing all those ads that repeat their 800 number 3-4-5 times in one spot. I actually miss it sometimes, but not enough to suffer through those ads.
Used to have KGO on all the time. Now I never listen unless somehow I find out that Christine is subbing. That is, unfortunately, all too rare. There is no decent talk radio on AM, especially in the evening. After 10 pm, I listen to Tom Hartmann for a while on 960. If I wake up between 3 am and 6 am, I always turn on Bill Press. Otherwise, is straight KQED-FM.
Do I listen to AM Radio. always.I make certain that does not include KNBR from noon-3:00pm.
Guess i'm in the minority here. Still listen to AM radio every night watching sports with the sound off. Used to be exclusively KGO until, well, you know...I'm way way up here in Santa Rosa. At 7pm in the winter KFI out of LA. In the summer, can't get it till after dark. Sometimes KDWN out of Las Vegas for sports w/a gambling twist 7-9pm. Sometimes at 8PM, from Eugene,Or 1120AM Alex Jones for what the nutcases in the world are imagining is happening. Can be entertaining. Without KGO at the 7PM slot, definitely slumming along the radio dial.
i still like a good baritone voice and professional demeanor on the AM. Tom Sullivan, Jon Miller and especially John B. Wells on C2Cam. several others of course, but the 3 here could be talking about anything and I'll listen.
Like some of the other folks that have left comments I only listen to AM radio for a little news or a baseball game. Otherwise it is strictly music from my record/cd collection or XM radio.
KGO was the greatest AM radio station for many years and it's true: "You don't know what you've got till it's gone".Pat Thurston was brilliant today. Catch her show on KGO podcast regarding Tax-Day and how in truth, it's not the 'Taker's' who don't pay enough...it's the rich and corporate welfare. Check out the History Of Taxes; The wealthy are now paying the lowest rate in 60-Years, no wonder we cannot afford new highways, bridges & schools: http://www.businessinsider.com/history-of-tax-rates?op=1 RightWing Radio is still brainwashing their low-information flock with lies bashing PBO day-in-day-out. Oddly, never a discouraging word come from the Right while Bush/Cheney were cashing-in while destroying our economy. Give Pat Thurston a national show, her popularity would sky-rocket!
I'm pretty much in the same boat. Use to love KGO, still listen on the week-end to some hosts. Brian has been on for weeks now. I like Pat Thurston, at least she is intelligent, like Christine as well. Don't listen much to Karel, although he can be funny. Try to listen to Montemayor, but it is hard, every other word is "amazing" no matter what he is talking about, he has no class, is not all that bright, at best he is mediocre. However, he is better than "hanging with Langon" where did she dig up that phrase, it just sounds so juvenile, just can't stand listening to her for more than 10/20 minutes, no matter the subject, her voice, her laugh, I just feel like throwing the radio across the room, instead I change the station. Do listen to Randy Rhoades, Norm Golman (David Lazarus, former KGO hosts, sat in for Norm 1 day last week, he is actually quite good, compared to Monty and Maureen) also listen to Tom Sullivan, don't often agree with him, but he is polite, intelligent and has a good sense of humor, actually like his personality better than Gil Gross, whom I'm getting very tired of listening to, even though I like him as a person, and I think he is pretty bright.
Last week when Ronn was on vacation, Tim Montemayer was filling-in and it was like amateur hour - a whole hour was dedicated to the 80s. WTF?Also been noticing some "mistakes" with with commercials starting too soon lately at KGO.You get what you pay for...
Podcasts do for radio what Tivo did for TV -- give you the content you want on demand. I don't have to be force-fed whatever the local hacks are talking about when I get in my car. For KNBR, I download the podcasts for every show, which come broken up in the interviews they do each day, and pick and choose the ones that are of interest to me. Along with that, Dan Patrick, Len Tillem, Colin Cowherd, Jim Rome..... then blend that with the best of the podcast world: This American Life, RadioLab, PlanetMoney, FreshAir, Freakonomics.... Makes for the best audio content you'll ever find. Forget terrestrial radio -- I barely listen to XM anymore. Just can't bring myself to pull the plug on the subscription.
Nope--I listen to ESPN radio via my satellite radio. I dont' even listen to FM radio anymore, either. Depending on what mood I'm in (Jazz, Classic Rock, 70's/80's Funk,) I simply punch up that genre of music on my satellite radio...or when I'm out of the car or home, on my 'Droid--thanks to "Tune In" radio.A few days ago, my 16-year old daughter was sitting up front with me in the car...and started fiddling around the radio. She accidentally pushed the "AM radio" button--and started laughing at herself for accidentally pushing the "Old People" radio (HER words). I asked her what she meant by that. She said that only old people listen to it--because "they like listenting to other old people talk about boring stuff." ME: "Aw, c'mon honey...don't you think OTHER people listen to AM radio?"HER: "Oh, yeah...hispanics...and dumb sports people."
I only listen to AM when in the car or doing yard work, when fidelity isn't important due to background sounds.Occasionally will listen to AM via TuneIn or Iheart for some local sports talk of the opposing team (eg New Orleans sports talk pre and post NFC Championship game in 2012, Detroit pre and post World Series) and to give Rich's show a try.Music is from my collection or something like Pandora.
I wish Tom Leykis and Bill press were on in the bay area in the day time, plus a full time show for Jon Rothman and Len Tillem.Oh I would love to be back listening to talk shows from the 80's, 90's.The FCC driven by Republicans has ruined Radio with the consolidation of ownership.
Switched to Sirius/XM a couple of months ago and haven't looked back - I can even listen to Giants broadcasts on their MLB channels.Commercial radio is too unoriginal, predictable and full of, well, commercials. I think I've heard enough Red Hot Chilipeppers and Sublime to last ten lifetimes, courtesy of Live 105.When stations were owned independently or programmed individually, over-the-air radio was great. Now, it's pure crap. They have only themselves to blame for their diminishing customer base.
I'm still upset that KKSF FM JAZZ is gone! :(
Yes, KNBR. Usually Giants baseball, Niners football, "Mr T," and Marty Lurie.
AM and FM radio are the only media left that are free. Newspapers, Cable TV, the internet, I-phones, I-pads, satellite radio, etc, all must be paid for. Yes, you have to deal with commercials and certainly, 'terrestrial radio' has been watered down, downsized and 'dumbed down' in recent years, but it still has an important place at the table. It's far from 'dead' as many of the cynics would have you believe.
only giants, the wheelhouse and an occaisional syndicated talker. Way too much bad radio and waay to many commmercials.
I've never listened to KCBS one time. The only AM Bay Area station I've ever listened to is KGO.
I listen to AM for News and Sports. The sound quality is almost medieval but a few of my radios have a 'wideband' feature, which makes it bearable.