December 31, 2009 @ 12:34 am
I love public radio. The problem is, it’s hard to take with you on long walks or runs. I’ve tried FM radios for years. (Dating back to Sony Walkman with FM!). Nothing worked. I could tune a station for a few seconds, but every step was a struggle to keep the darn thing from filling with static or dropping out altogether. Or being replaced with loud mariachi music. (That’s how it sounded to my ignorant ears.)
You know how sometimes a stubbed toe can throb – and then ache – for literally weeks? But then when it stops hurting, the relief sort of creeps up on you, and you don’t notice it at first? One day you look back and realize, Hey! My toe stopped hurting!
That’s what happened with me and the radio + jogging problem. I loaded up KPCC’s free iPhone app and it worked. I started taking it on long walks and jogs (4+ miles), with lots of hills and gullies. It worked and I was happy.
And then I remembered! This used to be a pain. The radio never used to work, least of all amid hills and gullies. (FM works by line of sight.) KPCC had solved my problem for months already.
It just took a sudden flash for me to realize that the throbbing had finally stopped.
KPCC app needs on-demand. I do wish KPCC’s app had content available on demand, as KCRW’s app does.