Monday, September 29, 2014
The World of Late Night Radio
I spend a lot of nights up pottering around. Sometimes I read, and once in awhile something will be worth watching on one of the satellite tv channels. Primarily, though, I listen to late night radio.
It's a whole different world than the day time broadcasting people are more familiar with.
On the shortwave, there are all sorts of patriot radio stations, end of times radio stations, and survivalist oriented stations. Some of them are fairly high powered in terms of transmission power and they are licensed. Most of them , though, seem to originate in barns or shacks in Tennessee, Oklahoma, or Florida. They have irregular transmission times, and the quality of the programming varies but it's usually interesting even if you don't believe everything you hear.
There are also some FM stations that broadcast syndicated late night radio. I like Coast to Coast AM, myself. It's been around for decades and sometimes the byzantine power struggles that the leading characters engage in over control of the show are more interesting than the show itself. Art Bell started it a long time ago, and it had a following of about 3 million listeners nightly at it's peak. Then there was a series of coupe de etates' after Bell retired, he came back out of retirement, and on, and on.
It's still pretty interesting. I listen to my local talk radio station to get the program , usually from about 0100 to 0500. You can go to their web page and subscribe, but it costs something in the order of $30.00 a year and I'm not paying that. About all it gets you anyway is access to on line listening when you feel like it, and access to the archives for shows you've missed.
Because of terrain masking, I can only receive one FM station at my house with regular FM radio receivers. Fortunately for me, instead of being one of the many religious broadcasting stations or country western music stations up here, the station I do get is a news, talk radio station coming out of a college NE of my location. I have one of my best FM radios locked on to that frequency.
I'd be in dire straits without all the different radio programs at night. Sometimes I even learn something but I'm almost always amused.
On a different tact, I posted some you tube videos that contain the full versions of Discovery Channel, BBC, and History Channel programs from some years back. They are just below this post. They're all good, informative shows. Some are documentaries, and some are "docu-dramas" but they're all interesting. I thought there might be some folks out there who don't have satellite or cable, and might have missed seeing them. All of the programs are older but I don't think they are outdated.
Dreary day here, drizzling rain since before dawn and cold. That's why I am fiddling around with the computer so much today.