Listening the old-fashioned way, in real time

I produce my show as three mp3 segments that I load on a flash drive so I can bring them home and upload them to the wonderful stations that carry The Rock and Roll Riot. I can listen to the latest episode whenever I want.
I choose to listen to it in real time, when it airs at Fridays and Saturdays at 11 pm on 97.7 the Beach.
We live in an on-demand world, with programs available anytime, anywhere. For some reason, I’ve had trouble embracing this digital reality. Maybe I’m old fashioned. Or just old. Media watchers and bloggers tell us content is what it’s all about. People will seek out great programs and want them a click away on their smart phones, tablets or laptops.
I feel the desire to hunt but if it’s too much trouble I’d rather wait for an easier way to listen.
It’s sort of like music file sharing. When services like Limewire gave us free downloads in a user-friendly way, we searched and downloaded for hours. And sometimes got viruses. Limewire was shut down and torrent sites took its place. Harder to use, less reliable and, unless you had tons of patience, you probably gave up.
I couldn’t be bothered.
Besides, Youtube has become the new music player of choice. It’s all there, and all free, 24 hours a day. The sound has improved dramatically and most times the video is watchable…except for those godawful camera phone concert vids. If you feel the need to record an entire concert you aren’t a music fan. Put it in your pocket and WATCH the show, dumbass.
Okay, end of rant.
I would love to catch Alan Cross’s new program, The Secret History of Rock and Roll. It airs on several stations but not in my local area. Which means I have to find the station on my computer or iPad and, if I want decent audio through my home stereo, I have to shoot the audio stream to my Apple TV…which means I can’t listen to the show and watch a hockey game with the sound off.
Yes, poor me.
Anyway, love ya Alan but it’s too much work to listen. Guess I like convenience and I define convenience as “turn it on, listen.” Not search, re-route, download, upload….
I’m sure we’re very close to the day when we can get the program of our choice with a simple voice command…on our TVs, in our cars…but until then I’ll be tuning to my favourite shows at their scheduled times.

About johnnymaraca

host of Johnny Maraca's Rock & Roll Riot, the rockingest show on the radio. 60 years of rockin' rhythm and blues, from the late '40s pioneers like Louis Jordan to Elvis, Chuck Berry, CCR, Stray Cats, Ramones and tons more. Friday and Saturday nights at 7 on 97.7 the Beach, listen live at http://977thebeach.ca, and WRSG in Middlebourne, West Virginia, Tuesdays 6-8 pm.
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