I listen voraciously to public radio. Just like how I have been drawn to certain sports broadcasters, I love the voices of particular contributors on the programs my NPR station features. My current favorites: Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me’s Carl Kassel, This American Life’s Ira Glass, Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, and All Things Considered’s Audie Cornish.
I am committed. If the information is strong enough, I will fight through vocal issues. Diane Rehm of WAMU reels me in with her interviewing skills despite her deteriorating vocal condition.
I find radio news relies less on gimmicks and focuses more on content than the TV counterparts. The TV evening news in thirty minutes is not enough for me and that is why if I tune in on TV, it is for CBS Sunday Morning. It’s like a longread article in a magazine, talking in-depth about its subjects, but it is the exception on TV programming, so I listen to more radio than TV.
Radio is convenient, too. I don’t even have to listen on an actual radio anymore. I can live stream on my computer or listen to podcasts I subscribe to on my iPad.
Do you have a favorite radio program or personality?