siriusly can’t avoid the punny title

Posted: June 19, 2012 in Humorous Bits
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I recently got a free three month subscription to SiriusXM Radio, recently being last week. I am currently heart-deep in the honeymoon stage. You know how it is. Just thinking about your new beloved gets the adrenaline zipping through your veins like Gary Busey through a residential neighborhood. A mere passing thought makes you wonder how you ever possibly managed to get this far with them not at you side while conversely begging yourself to dismiss any thoughts of imagining a life without them in the future. I’m telling you, it is the stuff of fairy tales and daytime drama. All because of radio. Whodathunk?

As we more experienced folks like to say, it wasn’t all that long ago when most everything was radically different. Television, gas prices, phones tethered to the wall, a Kardashian free existence – many of us remember these clearly, if with a bit of sepia tinted nostalgia. Thanks to the evil geniuses at SiriusXM I can now add Radio to this decidedly fogeyish thought process.

Now I’m not going to sit here and babble on about how radio used to be. I’m not going to moon about the days when Top 40 stations had disc jockeys with actual personality, when news radio did radical things like report news, when FM stations played music by people who could do weird things like write songs, sing and play musical instruments. I’m not going to be the guy who wonders what happened the concept of radio stations having distinct identities rather than just being homogenized versions of each other. Don’t look to me to bemoan the disappearance of regional flavor and flair across the radio dial as you traveled the nation’s roads. And I am certainly not going to waste anyone’s time bitching about the lack of anything resembling originality on 98% of the stations broadcasting out there. I respect your time too much to go on and on and on about such things, things which have been analyzed to death by people more informed and erudite than me. We all have better things to do than be burdened by this type of rant. Especially from me. So I refuse to do it.

Instead, let’s sing the praises of SiriusXM. The first thing which pops out is the enormous variety of music, talk, sports and other assorted radioland goodies available. It’s pretty staggering. Do you like 80’s music? There’s a station for you! Enjoy a nice show tune? Look no further! Big fan of the Grateful Dead? Hey, you can listen to them 24/7! Whatever your pleasure there is a station (or several) dedicated to satisfying your bizarre desires. From Siriusly Sinatra (Frank and other standard bearers crooning away) to BB King’s Bluesville (hard-core blues from the dawn of music recording up until this very minute) to Laugh USA (more marginal comedy than you could ever hope to inflict on a friend – or enemy for that matter) to BBC World Service (for news which sounds totally relevant and vital because it is read by someone with a refined British accent) to Ozzy’s Boneyard (yeah, I’m not fond of the image that conjures either) to Deep Tracks (those wholly obscure album tracks you never hear on the radio) to 90’s on 9 (every lithium induced, mosh pit jewel from the decade that brought us the 1990’s), there is something for you. And the kicker? It is all commercial free!

Sometimes too much of anything is simply that – too much. Such may be the case with SiriusXM. By the time my freebie period expires I may feel that way. However, regardless of what may happen this much is clear: I am honeymooning my arse off right now. I know this is true because today, less than a week into our burgeoning lovefest, I checked out SiriusXM’s subscription prices. “Pay for radio!” you cry. “Have you lost your mind?” If asked this question a week ago I would have scoffed along with you. But you know how it is when you are newly in love. Money don’t mean a thing, especially if it got that swing!

  1. rangewriter says:

    I love your sense of humor! I seriously bought into XM. Well, I only got the little package after my 3 month trial. But for those of us who find ourselves traveling god-forsaken roads with no radio, staticy radio, or simply really bad radio, XM is a life saver. Not quite as good as audible books, but almost. Best to have a combination of both, because all those goodies on XM get repeated and grow stale after several hours on the road.


    • John says:

      Look at you digging into the archives! It’s been over five years and it has basically replaced AM & FM for me, which is a bit sad. Every June I so enjoy the telephone dance to continue at my current subscription rate.

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  2. rangewriter says:

    The 3 month freebie with my car hooked me. Although I don’t use it all the time, it is a lifesaver on a long road trip. I don’t know why it surprises me that the news stations repeat the same programs over and over. But when that happens, I always have the fall back of audio books. I’ve considered adding Sirius to the house. But that just seems way too decadent.


  3. bronxboy55 says:

    Paying for radio does sound weird, especially to those of us who have been around a while. But then, did we ever expect to be paying for water?


  4. surroundedbyimbeciles says:

    I’ve been thinking about getting Sirius. I usually just joke around.


  5. I totally agree. I had a rent-a-car for about a week and a half after my little hit the school bus incident, and it had satellite radio. I fell in love immediately. I cried when I had to give it back. As soon as I can afford it, I’m getting it. Honeymoon period or not, I think it will be a long long love affair.


  6. kayjai says:

    Hmmm…I don’t have Sirius anything but I know folks who do. They like it and it seems widely appealing. Happy listening!


  7. You’ve been reeled in and can never go back. World news, Oprah, book radio, sports events, it’s all there. And yes, I pay for it.


  8. MysteryCoach says:

    LOL 🙂 You’re soooo hooked.


  9. topiclessbar says:

    I’m glad you didn’t complain about the way radio has gone downhill. Although I agree 1000% with everything you didn’t complain about.


  10. Hmm. I like sandylikeabeach’s method, but we do pay for ours, and I think it’s pretty worth it.


  11. You may not need to pay for too long. A friend of mine paid for a year’s subscription three years ago, but the last two years have been free. when it gets close to the end of the term, she calls to tell them she won’t be continuing and they offer another six months for free. She still can’t believe that she has received two years and counting of service for free.


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