Satellite Radio - Why You Gotta Have It

Stop me if you're heard this one before:

You're driving to a somewhat remote campsite appreciating the great scenery but the only tunes you can rock out to are some dude playing his accordion on public access radio?

Yeah, if it hasn't happened to you yet, be warned, it can be rather traumatic.

You can either chalk it up to the price you pay to go camping in cool places and put up with not having any music to listen to or get yourself satellite radio.

When satellite radio first came out I thought it was a dumb idea – who the heck would pay to listen to the radio.

Then something happened… I moved to Nebraska.

Don't get me wrong. Nebraska is great state with friendly people. The only problem is that once you get outside Lincoln and Omaha your radio listening choices tend to be a bit… how should I say this… limited. And by limited I'm talking oldies country radio… there's only so much of that one person can take before they start looking for a tall cliff to drive off of (fortunately, none such cliffs exists else we'd likely have an epidemic on our hands of people offing themselves in western Nebraska).

So I decided to take the smart route, I just got myself satellite radio media. Now when I'm cruisin' down the interstate I can rock out to any kind of music that strikes my fancy. Sure, they've got all the typical stations you'd expect to hear like pop, rock, talk, and country too. But if your tastes are a little more specialized and you can't get enough of progressive trance (that's techno for us non ravers) you can get it. Are Bach and Beethoven your homeboys? Turn on the symphony channel. Need to chill to the smooth sounds of Mr John Coltrane, there's a station for you too. Heck, there's even an all Elvis all the time station for those of you who feel like dusting off your blue suede shoes.

And I'm sure I offended someone when I dissed oldies country, but you'll be happy to know that you can tune to not just oldies country radio, but bluegrass too on your satellite receiver.

Sirius or XM?

Once someone is convinced that satellite radio is a pretty sweet deal, they inevitably ask, should I get Sirius or XM? I got Sirius simply because they broadcast the college football games I want to listen to and XM doesn't. Sirius also has all NFL games and Howard Stern if you're into that. XM broadcasts all MLB games.

But since Sirius and XM are merging, it'll be a moot point very soon as new receivers will be on the market shortly that are capable of tuning into both Sirius and XM stations.

And most of the satellite receivers are portable so you can also listen to your tunes while you're hanging out at your campsite too without worrying about what stations will actually come in.