I may be one of the last people to listen to radio in my car.As that may be, there is one radio station that really upsets me.I love the WBEZ jazz shows that are on late at night.Every so often, the station choice rotates around and I find myself listening to the NPR news feed on WBEZ.Understand that I have invited you into my car but I may not have chosen to give you my undivided attention.For one thing, I am driving.Admittedly, I also hate beer commercials, opera; many things irritate me.However, no one else makes purposely-rude and dangerous noises just to attract my attention.If something you say interests me, I will attend to your program. Being rude will not help.
When I hear a soft car horn within my car, the implication is that there is a loud car horn outside my car.When it turns out that the segment is trying to convince me that they are on a busy street corner in Islamabad, I have eleven other preset stations to turn to.
The most terrifying noise you can hear while driving:
-beep, beep, beep.
The sound of a truck backing up, they often use to announce that the segment is coming from a construction site.
Sirens, babies crying, whistles, gunfire, none of these in any way provide information or entertainment.If the story needs goosing, maybe it’s not that good a story.
It is clear that the people who produce and the stations, like WBEZ, who purchase NPR never listen to their programs in a normal day-to-day context, too busy listening to books on their iPods.