Radio is fantastic in Britain. BBC has a lot of channels, none of which have adverts. Bbc 1 is youth oriented popular music, BBC is popular music for older listeners, 1xtra is hip hop/grime/rnb, 6 music is indie /eclectic (my favorite), radio 3 is classical, radio 4 is a non music channel with news, current events, dramas, plays, comedies etc and 5 is talk radio /sports channel.
Those are the main ones but there are a lot more regional Bbc channels, including welsh language etc
The commercial radio scene is also decent and competitive.
I listen every day to and from work. I like the morning show I listen to plus I’ll get the news and traffic. If I don’t like the song they are playing, I’ll switch to another station for a bit. On the rare occasion I’ll plug in my phone.
Sure the commercials can be annoying but it’s not enough to get me to stop listening.
I have Spotify Premium and still listen to the radio all the time. Local classical station plays decent stuff,I enjoy the hosts and upcoming concert info. Also, the local college station is a hoot (KXLU). I dunno, op. Why does it bother you so much?
I like our local radio station ._. For most of my driving life I never had a car with a working CD player--or even a car WITH a CD player--so I listened to the radio. I like the DJs and the rock/safe metal they play. It's fun. I like the banter and the news and whatnot. It's not amazing by any means, but it's safe and enjoyable while I drive for 20 minutes to my job.
If you're in London or possibly other big cities sure. I used to live there and had dozens of stations to choose from.
I moved to East Anglia. I now have like 5 stations
- A classical music station which sucks
- some old fart reading a book
- a local station that plays 80-present pop hits, but that has a signal that works well maybe 40% of the time.
- Another 80s-present pop.
- RnB/rap/garage works 5% of the time.
I love listening to Scottish radio whilst playing ETS2. Please don't try and take that away from me. Radio is fun, it introduces me to songs I would never listen to and the presenters are fun. Radio is great.
I get listening to the radio for something to have on, but the ads, lord THE ADS! They are so frequent, and repettitive, that ends up being the thing that drives me away every time. Occasionally, I check in with a big city's station for a new flavor, but you can't get away from the ads.
Speaking from my experience, Portugal, outside of the regular news broadcast + traffic info (with the smaller local radios still being golden about this) they've kept themselves alive here not so much for playing music, old or new, but more so by creating/executing content that has made them relevant.
Legit funny shows early in the morning to get you in a good mood on your way to work (this is I feel the BIG one) that neither TV's or webshows seems to have been able to properly counter, interesting podcasts/talks with all sorts of people, willingness to talk about less covered topics/issues wich makes in turn the people feal "heard" per say, fantastic sports coverage (from the pros to the junior leagues) with results almost daily + live broadcast of games with actual interesting commentary (rip TV + streaming pundits) and probably some other stuff I'm forgetting.
As a whole, they're still likely losing audiences every year to the internet based alternatives, but they've found a decent amount of success here by executing all of these things. The mourning shows in particular have been actually a major success transforming unknown radio pundits into national stars in recent years.
For long drives I'd rather just use my playlists and listen to my podcasts (some of which are from the radio originally though), but for my daily commutes? Radio all the way. Especially in the early mourning.
Not everyone has modern cars with bluetooths and all that jazz. Sometimes radio is your only option..... i feel sorry for anyone that lives in like Kansas where it's either Religious talk shows or Country music lol