tps wrote:My fear is that once satellite radio is termed a success, it will be taken over by the same type of mindless drivel that is delivered to our televisions daily.
As someone who has collected Old-Time Radio for more decades than I like to think about, I'm not terribly worried about that. Truthfully, radio in the 1940's wasn't really any different from television today...there were a handful of excellent programs on at any given time, a smattering of the truly awful, and the rest pretty average...ok for a quick escape, but hardly memerable. (And yes, there were
infomercials even as early as the late 1920's.)
Today on television, there are a handful of excellent programs (although our lists may differ, I'll propose 24, Lost,
and Grey's Anatomy
with maybe an honorable mention to House
), some really terrible programs (Rodney, The Amazing Race
), and the rest rather forgettable.
I don't think satrad is any different; right now, you're right that the two services are squaring off against each other racing for content, while the terrestrial radio companies (including NPR) scoff at those "foolish" enough to pre-pay for radio (terrestrial public radio could only dream about pulling in this kind of income!) and the companies that provide it. Once it is
a success (and I can't see any way it won't succeed, even if the existing two companies folded tomorrow), we'll have a few programs that are excellent, a handful that are awful (Howard Stern/Opie and Anthony might eventually typify this category?), and a whole lot of stuff that is mediocre. The great thing about cable television, or satellite radio, is you don't need to watch the Don Lapre-style "get-rich-quick" scammers, you can turn the channel and find something more satisfying.