I live in the DC suburbs, which means that most radio listening lasts from 20 to 30 minutes, the average time it takes to get from point A to point B. I listen to a bunch of NPR, and when that gets too intellectual or esoteric, I skip to WTOP which revolves through news, sports, traffic and weather and then repeats. I like the classical music station, too, especially when the news is disheartening or political rancor reaches an apex. Been a lot of classical lately unless is slow and droopy. I want to get to my destination, not pull over to the side of the road for a nap.
What I WANT is a radio station that will have this programming: Car Talk; Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me (and not just one day a week which is never when I’m driving around); lively classical music, maybe a combination of Sousa marches (is that considered classical?), ballet scores and Viennese waltzes; and also a show devoted to Broadway show tunes. I can't believe there isn't one already. That program can play all the music from a single musical or mix up the shows; I don’t care. What I want is something spirited and upbeat that will keep me slapping my thighs and singing along. Then every, say, 15 minutes, there will be a break with a short report of news and weather. Every hour, one of those breaks would be required to report some good news, perhaps a good deed done or someone who saved somebody from a disaster, something that would, you know, help you maintain faith in the human race.
Currently when I turn on the classical station at night, THAT’s when they choose to play vivacious music with maybe a little Dvorak thrown in. No, no! At 11:30 PM, I want to SLEEP! At night they should be broadcasting hour upon hour of lullabies. The other day I almost bought a baby’s CD of lullabies, but I don’t have a CD player built into my alarm clock/radio, and, heaven knows, I can’t fit anything else on my night table. I could download the sleepy stuff onto my i-pod, but then I’d have to listen with earplugs, and I must have small ear openings because earplugs hurt by ears. Plus I defy you to sleep on your side with an earplug stuck in your ear no matter what size your ear is canal is. Many moons ago, you used to be able to get a mono earplug which could go in the “up” ear, but we are too technologically stuck-up for that now. Now you can listen to your i-pod in bed only if you sleep on your back. Not that I’m bitter.
SO there you have it: funny talking and upbeat music by day, soft, downy tunes by night. That’s radio WANN, my dream radio. What’s yours?