I’ll take convenience over quality 11 out of 10 times. Now that the grace period is over, and 1050 AM sounds like full fledged Mexican revolution, being forced to switch from AM to FM to go from the Fan to ESPN Radio is complete and utter bullshit. There is absolutely no way to justify making us press the Mode button to make the change. As I mentioned the other day, there’s already like a million other things to concentrate on while driving, like texting, tweeting, emailing, and driving. And again, I’m not saying everyone should do it, just men. But driving and multitasking is a delicate system that I’ve spent about 5 years mastering. And now this monumental shift on the radio dial is fucking everything up. The sacrifices that we’ll have to make for this change are way more than any man should be subjected to. Locating the Mode button, which I know is somewhere by Clock, but still kind of a bitch to find consistently. Toggling through Aux, Cd, and iPod just to get from AM to FM at commercial break. And don’t even get me started on reprogramming the presets. You think Joe America has room for ANOTHER FM preset? You expect me to just abandon 101.9 like it’s nothing? The go-to station when everything else is on commercial? Absolutely not. The presets haven’t changed once this millennium, and I don’t plan on modifying my way of life because ESPN decided to get out da radio hood.
This whole attempt to big league WFAN by ESPN in their switch to the big boy frequency got me thinking about which station is better. Never really considered it since they complimented each other so well, but now it’s an issue. On one hand, ESPN is probably a better source for news and interviews, and it’s definitely a bigger name. At the same time, however, you’re not getting a 12:30 AM call from Fran in Brooklyn with her 8 cats hissing in the background anywhere else but 660. Love the schmooze and B and C, but I also have a soft spot in my heart for some of the ESPN personalities. Tough call.
1 for ESPN OR 10 for WFAN.