Field report: XM channel 34, Enlighten
I’ve had to travel this weekend, my first time on AirTran. The airline has XM satellite radio hook ups on each armrest, so I was able to listen to XM’s sg station for three hours in flight. It was my first extended listen since the free trial way back when.
The song selection was decently, if not comprehensively, mixed, both historically – the oldest cut was some Happy Goodmans from, I think, the60s, though I could be wrong – and stylistically – my favorite spin was Allison Durham Speer covering “I’m Bound for that City.” It was also nice to hear the newer Greenes covering the older Greenes tune, “When I Knelt” and to catch not one but two old Rambos tracks (and even though I could have done without the underwhelming solo piece from Reba, variety in the direction of an artist often treated like a black sheep deserves credit).
I don’t have anywhere particular to go with all this. Satellite radio just isn’t worth the investment for me: I don’t spend enough time in the car and I can’t listen to any kind of music with lyrics while I work. But song selection is (or ought to be) the make or break factor for a radio station. XM 34 still needs to beef up its archive. I should have heard something from at least the 50s over the course of three hours. And I’m hoping I just missed cuts from oft-overlooked great groups like the Singing Americans and The Sound. But it still sounded better than any other sg radio station I can recall having heard an hour’s worth of songs from in the past several years.Email this Post