We recently purchased the Sirius satellite radio system, and it’s just as good as everyone says. No commercials, every NFL game and some guy named Howard make this Christmas money well spent.
So for Christmas, the wife and I decided to splurge a bit and buy Sirius, the satellite radio system that competes with XM Radio. A lot of people recommended both systems, but in the end, we chose Sirius for two mission-critical reasons:
- Howard Stern
- the NFL
Overall, I am very impressed with the system. Setup was a snap, and registering over the phone only took a few minutes. My only gripe is the tempermental performance of the actual satellite connection, but of course we live in the Midwest and Sirius recommends we place the receiver on the roof. Yeah right. I can barely patch a hole in the wall, and you want me to run cables through the walls and out of my house? Suffice to say, the receiver is just sitting by the window in our kitchen.
Sirius has plenty of good content. Every NFL game (plus the NHL, college football and other sports) is broadcast from both teams radio crews, so you can choose your announcer’s bias. There’s plenty of music channels, NPR, liberal talk, conservative talk and trucker talk (not kidding).
My wife says Howard is the best he’s ever been since moving to Sirius, and she’s a lifelong fan, so I’ll take her word for it. The FCC nazis have not wrangled the life out of satellite radio yet, so the language is just a bit more liberal. That and George Takei is funnier than he ever was wearing that velour StarTrek tunic.
I guess traditional radio still has its place (weather, traffic, etc), but once you get hooked on no-commercial, non-censored content (think HBO), it’s really hard to go back to the traditional airwaves.