October 22, 2019

Satellite radio helps pass time while driving in rural areas


Growing up in metro Detroit and living there for much of my life, there were plenty of options available when I decided to turn on the radio.

Whether it was top 40 music, adult contemporary, country, news, or sports talk, the Motor City offered plenty of choices for radio listeners. However, with my move to Northern Michigan in August 2007, there weren’t as many options on my radio dial.

Fortunately, an investment I made back in June 2005 has helped make that transition a little easier. I am talking about my XM Satellite Radio service, or Sirius XM Radio, as it has been known since XM merged with Sirius Satellite Radio back in November 2008.

Ever since the debut of XM less than 10 years ago, I have been intrigued with the amount of channels they offered, as well as the unique types of channels. It seemed like they offered every type of musical genre under the sun, as well as different news, sports, and talk channels.

Eventually, I became so interested that I decided to make the investment and have satellite radio installed in my car, and I am glad I did so.

As I mentioned earlier, Sirius XM Radio offers lots of different station choices, and naturally, there are quite a few that do not appeal to me. However, there are enough that do appeal to me to make the investment worthwhile.

One channel that I listen to quite often is Sirius NFL Radio, which is a channel devoted 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the National Football League. You might be asking yourself, “Who on God’s green earth would be crazy enough to listen to a channel where people only talk about the NFL?”

You guessed it; I am one of those people.

I admit, I enjoy listening to the hosts on that channel talk about the NFL, whether it’s during the regular season or the offseason. Even after the season concludes, I want to catch up on which teams sign which free agents, and which players each team selects in the NFL Draft.

I avidly pay attention to the latest gossip and behind-the-scenes news about the NFL, and I pay attention a little more closely when the talk focuses on my beloved Detroit Lions.

Another one of my favorite satellite stations is Major League Baseball Network Radio, formerly known as MLB Home Plate. One of the cool things about Sirius XM’s MLB coverage is that they offer live coverage of every team’s games, featuring the broadcasts of the home team’s announcers on a given night. Living in a rural area, the reception from the local Tigers affiliate stations isn’t the greatest, to put it mildly.

With my satellite service, I am able to catch up on the Tigers in the evenings when coming back from covering a school board meeting or other assignment, or on weekends when I am traveling. It definitely helps to pass the time.

I also have several favorite music stations that I listen to frequently — 80s on 8 (an 80s music channel), The Bridge (mellow rock), Deep Tracks (lesser-known classic rock), Classic Rewind (classic rock from the 70s and 80s), and Real Jazz (traditional jazz).

So many choices, not enough time to listen to all of them. It’s a relatively new form of technology, and I count myself as a fan of that development.


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