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Ovation: Country Music Returns To New York City Airwaves.

01/23/2013

nashfmEver since I got my first Sony Walkman, all those years ago, listening to the radio was something that I did less and less frequently.  Young people today rarely, if ever, listen to the radio.  Of course, there are those who enjoy satellite radio but I think it’s safe to say that most prefer to pick their own music from a digital collection so that they can hear what they want to hear exactly when they want to hear it.

I listen to the radio as much as ten hours each week.  This is precisely the amount of time that I spend alone in my car driving to and from the office each workday.  I listen, primarily, for live local traffic and weather reports.  Unfortunately, I can’t tolerate any of the stations available to me for any length of time.  One has an immature “zoo crew” of adolescent goofball DJs telling stupid jokes, another features a trio of “personalities” that all talk at the same time, yet another plays the same commercials over and over and most of them play the same songs every day at the exact same time for weeks.

It would be really nice to have a new offering like radio listeners in New York City.

For the first time in seventeen years, New Yorkers are hearing a country radio station … NashFM.  The new station at 94.7 promises its listeners that they are dedicated to bringing their audience the best, newest and most exciting country artists on the planet.  NashFM’s slogan is “Country For Life”.

The station’s owner, Cumulus Radio Group is the second-biggest radio broadcaster after Clear Channel Communications and is set to convert all of its country stations across the nation to the new NASH brand.  The rebranded 94.7 FM is expected to become a top-10 station in the city where Cumulus already own two other stations that air contemporary pop, news and talk programs.  Rather than focus on urban audiences in the Manhattan area, owners see the station’s potential in attracting listeners in the city’s outer boroughs and surrounding suburbs like Long Island and in New Jersey.

It would be so nice to have a new choice when I start my car in the morning.  My next car will certainly be equipped with a satellite radio so that I don’t have to listen to the same drivel every morning and afternoon just to hear the weather, news and traffic.

Would you listen to a new station if one became available?

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9 Comments
  1. I rarely, if ever listen to radio. I also commute an hour each way, every day. I listen to audio books. It is not for everyone – and some cannot adjust to hearing books in a voice other than the one they hear in their head when reading a book. Everyone “hears” a voice when they read – it may not be your out-loud voice, but it is your own reading voice.

    Modern county music is a barely recognizable genre these days – so, no – I wouldn’t change my listening habits for a new country music station, or any station for that matter. I don’t need the babble, the ads, or the crappy sound of my ancient car stereo (my car is 13 years old!) because I am so accustomed to hearing a single voice that entertains me all the way to work. Sometimes I don’t want to get out of the car because I don’t want to stop listening – that NEVER happens with radio.

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    • I’m going to investigate audio books! I can play an iPad through my speakers with the correct cord. Great idea!

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      • Do it!!! I love them, and get the books on CD from my library…’cause I’m cheap like that! You may be able to download digital audio books from your library – worth investigating.

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  2. Satellite radio changed a miserable commute into a time to play different types of music or listen to news. If I had a hard day, I can change my mood instantly with one of the several comedy channels. And occasionally I listen to country, which I like because I sing and you can always sing along with a song about somebody who done me wrong.

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    • Years ago I bought an “after market” satellite receiver and it worked fine until I got near the city. I assumed the tall buildings interfered with the signal. That was some time ago … Perhaps ill give it another try.

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      • Just make sure you can return it! Mine works fine around DC. It only has glitches when the trees are covered in snow or when I’m on the wrong side of a mountain.

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  3. In Edmonton, we are lucky enough to have an oldies radio station. I used to listen to it on my commutes to work back when I was working. They play music from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s but only the most popular music of the time. They have a policy to never play the same song twice between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. which is nice.

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  4. I just wish the commercials did not run at the same time, so when I switch I can hear a new song. I love traveling as you can try on new stations. At home, I have an eclectic mix of stations.

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