Monday, February 07, 2005

The Big Empty

Time to look into XM Satellite Radio for this Richmonder

Remember a few hours ago when I speculated that Richmond's WRNL might be an affiliate in a burgeoning Nats' radio network? Well, I was half-right.

The "big announcement" did concern baseball. But, instead of the Nats, we get . . . the ATLANTA BRAVES!!!!!

Grrrr. Hulk angry. Hulk smash things.

Shouldn't have gotten my hopes up. WRNL used to carry the O's, and at least I'm a fan of the O's. The Braves, on the other hand---well, they're 1) a direct rival of the Nats and 2) MLB's generic version of Ambient.

So it's all-Braves-radio in Richmond. (The Triple-A affiliate is on Richmond's other sports talker, an ESPN Radio affiliate.) In fact, until now, the A-Braves wouldn't enter the Richmond market, so that it would not directly compete with its farm team (which it owns). As a consequence, this was an O's market in terms of radio and TV.

Hey, thanks a bunch, Peter Angelos, for dragging out the "negotiations." Thanks much, Tony Tavares, for diggin' for boogers all this time. Confound you, Bob DuPuy, for even existing.

Say, anybody subscribe to/know much about XM Satellite Radio, e.g.:

1. How does it work?
2. Can you pick it up on the 22nd floor of a downtown office building?

Thanks in advance.

This fellow Richmonder was pretty disappointed at the announcement, although I can't imagine the Nats not getting into the Richmond market; it's too big.

There are a lot of ways to do XM; if you're looking for something to bring into the office I'd say that the boom box version would be the best.

I have it in my car via the "Roady" a unit about the size of a deck of cards that attaches to the dash. It's transferrable inside with a home kit that I have but haven't used yet. I might have to hook it up, though.

Rich Tandler
I have the Roadie as well, and it works quite well in my car and the home unit.

Something else you might want to look into is a subscription to If you have a broadband connection, it looks quite good. Using a Comcast cable modem and a 4 or 5 year old computer I find the games to be slightly grainy, but very smooth, certainly not choppy. The drawback to is that you have no control over which team's announcers you listen to.
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