[bct] Re: radio and thermostat.

  • From: "Bill Belew" <bill@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 10:47:04 -0800

Hi Neal and Jake,

I have always been a big supporter of NPR and I understand being annoyed
with pledge drives.  Our local network of stations used to call their drives
marathons and they became longer and longer to the point where one of the
last of that type lasted over a month.  They got some new staff and changed
their approach and they now limit the fund raising to 8 days in the Spring
and 8 days in the Fall.  They do a beautiful job and have developed one of
the most unique network of stations in the country.  They have to serve a
large area of small communities in a mountainous area requiring many
translators.  They broadcast three separate services that emphasize news and
information, news and a mix of rhythmic music, and news and classical music.

The public thinks that public radio gets a lot of funding from the
government (I have heard surveys where folks think over 50 percent is
government money), but the actual percentage is now quite low.  

Who knows what the future holds for public radio or, for that matter, radio
in general because of the internet and podcasting, but for now I greatly
appreciate having public radio, since in my area there is nothing else but
Christian stations, right wing talk, and commercial filled top forty country
and rock.  

Please excuse my ranting.  


-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Neal Ewers
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 10:17 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: radio and thermostat.

Jake, if the government would stop cutting funding for public radio, there
would probably less time devoted to raising money.  As someone who has been
associated with Wisconsin Public Radio, I know how much the cuts have hurt
and how much they depend on us poor folks to help out. While I would rather
not hear pledge drives, I'd rather put up with them as aposed to hearing

I'm not meaning to disagree with you, I just wanted to point out the reality
of public radio at the present time.


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-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jake Joehl
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 11:40 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: radio and thermostat.

I honestly have not been listening to radio much anymore because of all the 
lengthy commercials for this and that. I am a big fan of National public

Radio, but even then Chicago's NPR member station has these annoying pledge 
drives from time to time. They keep suggesting that they are going to 
shorten each consecutive pledge drive, yet it never seems to happen that

way. As great and as varied as our NPR member station is, and as much as I 
would like to give them money for what they do, it is most annoying to have 
their programming constantly interrupted with oft-repeated instances of the 
pledge number. Whenever I want to listen to music now, I pop in a cassette 
tape or a CD. I have almost all my CD's labeled in Braille, and more are in 
the works. Occasionally though I will listen to music on the radio. As to 
getting weather, traffic, sports scores and the like, I had a demo copy of 
Web Text Reader but I never got around to purchasing the full version. 
Perhaps for my birthday I'll get it though.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "jeff" <j1armstrong@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "blind cool tech mail list" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, 09 January, 2006 5:44 PM
Subject: [bct] radio and thermostat.

> Hi all;
>    I wrote a whole breakdown on our local radio but it was so negative 
> that I erased it and started over.  Basically, commercial radio is 
> pointless, public radio wastes a lot of it's budget, sports events are

> great like games, our only jazz is broadcast on a high school station,

> religious radio is mostly a cash grab, and among each of these
> are shining exceptions to these rules.  That's about as positive a
spin as 
> I can put on our radio scene.
> XM radio needs to lose the sounders and stupid noisy clips it uses
> between
> songs.  Just play the music, and upgrade the signal quality from it's 
> current level to reduce the digital artifacts that are far too common
> this time.  Serious has better sound quality but far less content to
> choose from.  Maybe these changes are already in the works.  128 kbps
> are not quite good enough for long-term listening.  Maybe 192 or 256
> remove all the noise and tinny sound.  I have some pretty top notch
> equipment and I want to hear good quality sound.  I prefer CD audio
but it 
> is just too difficult to use once your collection gets larger.  My
> has between 1500 and 2000 CDs.  She has brailed each and every case
> must still keep switching them in and out of the player to hear them
> because anything more than one at a time leads to confusing discs and 
> cases.  I have a 400 CD player and a 300 player too.  I was running
> both off the computer with a "slinky" s-link device made to work with
> brand players but it is a very touchy setup and I took it all apart,
> ripped all my cds to as high a quality as I could store reasonably,
> kbps MP3, and stored them away in boxes.  At least that way you can
> Jaws or whatever screen reader you have to access your choices and
> playlists.  I'd really be interested in what others do for music
> listening.
>    I use the radio mostly to get news or weather, but that can all be 
> gotten via computer or cellular too.  Calling 1-800-555-8355 which is 
> 1-800-555-TELL gets you to "tell-me" where you can get the weather for
> U.S. as well as driving directions for most areas of the U.S., not as
> as internet based services but usable.  Locally, we have 511 service
> is traffic reports from the D.O.T. as well as 777-3456 which accesses
> local movie times.  One of my sighted friends gets news and weather
> to his cell phone via SMS twice daily.   Radio needs to change or I
> it's going to get left behind over time.  I read an interesting book a
> years ago about the Media Lab at the Massachusetts institute of
> Technology.  They predicted the shift from broadcast to "narrowcast" 
> because of all the new ways that individuals can access information.
> predicted a time where a person would come down to breakfast and be
read a 
> choice of traffic, specific to one's travel route, weather, news or
> scores you asked for, email, and anything else you wanted from a fully

> customizable talking internet access appliance in one's home.  Well,
> were pretty spot on with that prediction.  you can do it all right now
> you want.  Once we get to the point of connecting our car radios
> wirelessly to our computers, what is the point of most radio?
> Jeff Armstrong,

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