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« on: January 08, 2017, 05:30:05 PM »

I'm always on the hunt for little pockets of time to fit in the things I want to do in life.  I find that drive time is a good time for some of this.  I mostly use mine for audio books, podcasts, or checking out new music.  I gave up talk radio many years ago, and I've not listened to FM (well, sometimes the classical station) in almost 20 years now.  How do you use your drive time? 
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017, 05:35:40 PM »

I don't drive a lot anymore but I listen to an FM station that is mostley blues but it also plays classic rock.I listen mostley to keep my mind from wondering too much.
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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2017, 05:59:32 PM »

I like to listen to music on my Ipod, but I find that it is very distracting from paying attention to the main task at hand, which is driving.  Better safe than sorry...
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2017, 07:07:54 PM »

I like to listen to music on my Ipod, but I find that it is very distracting from paying attention to the main task at hand, which is driving.  Better safe than sorry...

Same here.  I've always had a problem with background music in general...  I haven't  tried audiobooks, but I think the same would apply.  My wife loves them.  Podcasts seem to work, as do things like Cartalk and similar stuff.  Listenable, but not life shattering if I miss a bit when the actual driving requires attention.

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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 10:22:26 PM »

Music,  either on CD,  or XM radio gets me through DC traffic. Audio books not good; either I miss the book paying attention to traffic,  or (worse) the other way around.

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2017, 01:34:58 PM »

Music, talk radio (doesn't have to be political ..... computer, cooking, legal help, financial ....all kinds of talk radio, esp.  at night to stay awake) and sometimes ..... GASP..... silence.
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2017, 02:20:36 PM »

Recently retired but when working I had an hour commute each way daily. Only one FM station I would listen to. WMVY from Martha's Vineyard. They have a streaming service and a good app. Worth checking out.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2017, 04:04:21 PM »

My drive time varies depending on the day (and where I'm working).  And it's going to be a lot shorter this year, as I finally dropped a client that lives 40 miles away.  Usually listen to music on the radio, often on the Christian radio station, as it seems to keep me more even-tempered.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2017, 04:23:13 PM »

Music, talk radio (doesn't have to be political ..... computer, cooking, legal help, financial ....all kinds of talk radio, esp.  at night to stay awake) and sometimes ..... GASP..... silence.

Yeah that silence can be terrible, even though it is supposed to be safer.  Silence makes my thoughts wander and sometimes that can be more distracting... LOL!
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2017, 07:46:34 PM »

For most of the last three years, I've worked from home...or worked "across the street" from my "office" (I'm a pastor - I just finished a short term interim pastorate where the parsonage was right next to the church [out in the rural Kansas countryside - beautiful!], and since September 1, I'm serving a church in Minnesota that also has a parsonage - right across the street from the church. Very short commute.

When I drive out of town to meetings or to visit people (in hospitals, etc.), I'll sometimes listen to talk radio, or to other "talk" or music on my own CD's (yea, I still have those!). Haven't listened to much music on the radio for years... my tastes are too eclectic.

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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2017, 03:54:28 AM »

Mostly talk radio.  90% of the time, I have Edmonton AM channel CHED (630 Ched) on all day in the house and when I'm driving.  Topics range from what's in the current news, to politics, to human interest, gardening, etc.  Also lots of sports shows as they are the "official" radio station of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Eskimos. 
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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2017, 04:28:43 AM »

Rev my mind has wondered to so of the most amazing place's and has taken me on many a musical journey sometime's I can't get the melody out sometime's it show's up at some interesting place's.
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« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2017, 05:30:05 AM »

There are so many good podcasts these days, I can't even keep up with the ones I subscribe to.  A recent drive from CO to MI and back to CO did allow me to catch up on some of them.

I think podcasts have reinvigorated what good radio can be, even though it's not live.  There are some that are just plain good storytelling.  Some that I try not to miss:

Radiolab
99% Invisible
All Songs Considered
Worship Artistry
Freakonomics
Car Talk (in re-runs, but still some of the best podcasts ever)
A Way With Words
Song Exploder
Tuner
Sound Opinions
Sound Matters
How Sound (are you seeing a theme here?)
Relevant
Group Therapy Radio with Above & Beyond (this is an electronic music podcast)
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2017, 03:59:16 PM »

I listen to several podcasts.  A recent favorite I recommend is called "Music From 100 Years Ago."  Found it on iTunes but I'm sure it's available on whatever podcast platform you might use.  The host is a historian and the bits he puts in between songs are great.  Each episode is usually broken up into themes or years.  Neat stuff and very educational and entertaining.
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