October 1, 2000
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It's a slow Sunday and so I thought I would share with you the best public radio station out there.
posted by Brilliantcrank (13 comments total)
Except on Sundays, when they rerun a lot of the stuff from Saturday.

I prefer WOI, but I have to drive a bit farther south to hear it, and then only in the daytime. I wish they'd get a web feed...
posted by Electric Elf at 3:18 PM on October 1, 2000

I'll agree with you there. I listen to Prarie Home Companion and Marketplace all the time.
posted by bkdelong at 4:20 PM on October 1, 2000

i vote for kcrw
posted by palegirl at 5:40 PM on October 1, 2000

CJRT turns my crank.

They progresss their day perfectly for me. In the mornings they play classical music, which helps focus me. In the afternoons they play Jazz, an excellent selection of Jazz, from modern Jazz musicians to the earliest of recordings, and that just gets my blood pumping in the afternoon when I'd rather be napping.

In the evenings, if I'm at work that long (unfortunately not an unusual event these days), they have an hour of spoken programming, from children's stories to radio plays to variety shows, that cranks my brain into a completely different state. Often times I revisit problems from the morning or afternoon in the evening and am looking at it in a completely different way.

(yes, my different angle has to do with putting a problem on the back burner, but my environment is a massive influence on the way I work, too)
posted by cCranium at 6:07 PM on October 1, 2000

I'm feeling you, palegirl. No disrespect intended to KPFA's lineup, but KCRW's about the only thing this BART train-riding Northern California resident envies anyone with the misfortune to be stuck in their vehicle on the regular in SoCal highway gridlock.

What an interesting experiment in dislocation it'll be in just a couple of years: driving in one metro area, and using one's Net radio access to tune in another metro area's traffic reports.

Fave public-radio moment: listening to several tracks off Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's "Painted From Memory" on Nebraska Public Radio via my trusty Walkman while rolling eastward along Highway 80 in the back row of a Greyhound bus in the middle of March 1999.
posted by allaboutgeorge at 6:20 PM on October 1, 2000

I may be along here but I think this topic would make an excellent storythread for the Fray. Seems like everyone has something interesting to say about life and National Public Radio.
posted by Brilliantcrank at 8:42 PM on October 1, 2000

Well, at least the Minnesota station webcasts with Real. The local station here, WNYC, only does Windows Media. The station as a whole I find pretty lame. I mean, how many times can you listen to a call-in show where the caller says "I don't know anything about the subject but here's my opinion..." I think their over-reliance on this type of format makes them almost unlistenable. Even WNYE -- run by the New York Board of Education no less -- is better. At least with them, I've heard stuff from F.A.I.R., the Nation, even "To the Best of our Knowledge" which was suppressed on WNYC in favor of urgently needed shows on sports and cooking. Now, if WNYE could only put out Diane Rehm, they'd be perfect.
posted by leo at 9:30 PM on October 1, 2000

KNAC.Com: "The Loudest Dot Com On The Planet" floats my boat.
(And you're missing some wild $#!+ right now....!)

You know what they say: "If it's too loud...."
posted by EricBrooksDotCom at 9:50 PM on October 1, 2000

WABE is good, even if they have a horrible, static website. They also play Prairie Home Companion and Marketplace. Does anyone else get that British show where contestants have to either define obscure words or make up a convincing bluff? I think it's called "My Word!" or something. That's one of my favorite shows, but I always pick it up in the middle.
posted by kidsplateusa at 9:54 PM on October 1, 2000

KCRW for me, baby. Home of excellent music (Mornings Become Eclectic, Metropolis, and, my personal fave, Chocolate City) and excellent talk (Left, Right & Center and Warren Olney's Talk of the Nation and Which Way, LA?).
posted by RakDaddy at 10:45 AM on October 2, 2000

I used to listen to "My Word" all the time. It's fun, but not as fun as "Just a Minute"--another BBC gameshow.

On "Just A Minute" the contestants have to try to talk about an assigned topic for one minute. They are not allowed to hesitate (no "um...uh..."), repeat words (you can repeat "a" and "the" but you can't say "my house is the best house in the world") or deviate from the topic.

If a contestant breaks any of the rules, he may be challenged by another contestant. If the challenge is successful, the challenger takes over for whatever is left of the minute. At the end of the minute, the contestant who has talked the longest wins that round. Then another round begins.

This is a really fun party game too!

You can listen to "Just a Minute" on the web here on Monday nights at 7:30, Toronto time.
posted by grumblebee at 6:27 PM on October 2, 2000

the best internet radio station on the planet is also the best independent radio station on the planet -- WFMU -- all hail that 96k mp3 stream!
posted by subpixel at 8:00 PM on October 2, 2000

whoa, if this thread drifts from public radio to independent radio i may just have to go on forever. go on forever about wfmu, tho.

re: vocab radio shows -- i love `says you`. don't know why; every time i think about it it seems like exactly the kind of shit i hate -- but no.

re: best public radio/indy radio shows: joe frank, this american life
posted by palegirl at 8:45 PM on October 2, 2000

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