Just Out of Reach

It is an inescapable law of nature or something. If we move, we’ll move someplace just out of reach of what would be our favorite TV and radio stations.

Seriously. Every time we have arrived in a new location, we’ll find out that the PBS station we get is nice… but the one in the next market is showing Black Adder and Red Dwarf. Whereas, ours just finished a complete run of Dr. Who and has decided to lay off the cult British shows for a while.

Or else we see that the classic rock station in our town is ok… but the ones on either coast kick its butt. You could get old-time country… if you just lived a bit further the other way. The college radio station is fine… but there’s a cooler one on the other side of town (too bad they have the power output of a cheap walkie talkie).

Does any of this make even the remotest sense to anyone? Or is this a complex I picked up from straining to hear static-filled AM broadcasts from New York, Chicago and Wheeling, West Virginia, on my crystal radio?

[Grooving to: You Really Got Me by Revolver]
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13 Responses to Just Out of Reach

  1. Scott says:

    No, you’re dead-on with this. Even in NYC, we gripe about things. Hell, our cable system doesn’t carry BBC America, F/X, HGTV and others. Grr!

    We do get the anime network, if we want to pay a bit more for it, though.

  2. Brian says:

    One of the best things about the Internet is being able to listen to my favorite public radio stations anywhere, because these days so many of them have live streams of their broadcasts.

    Check this out: http://www.publicradiofan.com/

  3. theresa says:

    We get plenty of channels… just not the right things on the channels. It always kills me during football season. I’m dying to watch my Eagles play, but since Im south of the mason-dixon line, I’m forced to watch the Redskins. If only I could move a little further north…

  4. Solonor says:

    Brian: That actually reminds me of a different rant! When I moved to Florida, I could still listen to the Red Sox via the Internet. But now they make you pay for it (not much, but I’m cheap dammit!).

  5. tj says:

    i must live in the next county over. our country station plays just the right mix of songs. the pbs seems to be playing all the shows i want to watch whenever i turn it on. the college station kicks butt. i could go on …

  6. Ric The Schmuck says:

    What’s the matter, Clear Channel America isn’t good enough for you, bunky? 🙂
    At least you can “watch” the Red Sox, on ESPN gamecast, with a running box score updated pitch-by-pitch. At least that’s what I do, on Saturdays, when they’re always on FOX, dammit.(No, I can’t get AM radio inside the metal building where I work. And when they’re on the Saturday FOX feed, NESN doesn’t carry it. Poop!
    There I am, in a store with 2 different satellite feeds, in listening range of 2 AM radio stations carrying the game, and still I “watch” on Gamecast. ARRRRGGGHHH)

  7. batgrl says:

    Man, you have a crystal set? I am majorly impressed! Is that linked kit the one you have? I’ve heard of people putting them together with Quaker’s Oatmeal boxes…

  8. Solonor says:

    No, I meant I had one when I was a kid. The pictured one is just an example of what I’m talking about.

  9. Heh heh. There’s an easy answer to the problem of not having enough British TV to watch… 😀

  10. Ric The Schmuck says:

    Actually, I do have a crystal radio set at home…

  11. etherian says:

    Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Black Adder…. sigh! It’s been sooo long since I’ve seen those. Our best PBS show here is the Red Green show. bleh.

  12. Ed says:

    Looks like Tivo and iTunes comprise the only solution…


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