November 19, 2007


I enjoy satellite radio as part of my mix of audio news and entertainment, which includes satellite, broadcast, and podcasts. But I was a bit surprised when Sirius sent me an advertisement this week which asked:

…and answered the question with this chart (I’ve put a red box around the portion that intrigued me):

Really? NPR isn’t available on FM or AM or MP3? Then what are those podcasts I’ve I been listening to when I miss my local broadcast?


Maybe they are talking about mathematical permutations… you know, nPr.

Or maybe the Naval Petroleum Reserves.

Or perhaps they refer to the Northern Pacific Railroad.

There are all sorts of logical explanations.

Well, I believe podcasts are usually mp4, right? Tricky..

While there technically is an NPR station that is “just for Sirius”, which technically means it’s not the same program lineup as your local station, it is also available for online streaming for when the satellites are unavailable or something.

So it’s cool that you can go ‘coast to coast’ without having to station-hunt every few score miles, but the ‘only on Sirius’ argument still doesn’t apply.

I wonder if it started out as “that you can’t get on XM?”

NPR’s satellite channel is also on XM. I enjoy listening to the PRI materials or the Bob Edwards Show.

I get the topic specific NPR podcasts like NPR Books and NPR Movies so I don’t have to put up with all the breaking news from Kosovo with Sylvia Pajooooli.

Hey you. I have no clue of how many comments you get every post, but I’m here to tell you that you have a fan… How does it feel? lol
Anyways, I’m from Brazil and I come here to read your posts all the time. I have to admit that sometimes I have some trouble on understanding a few things (like this post) because I’ve been away from the USA for a long time, but I enjoy coming in here.

Well, nothing else to say now. Take care!

While NPR is a public station, it isn’t available in all geographic regions.