Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: I Want My Radio Back!

I Want My Radio Back!

When Satellite Radio first came out, I thought it was a scam to make people pay to listen to music that they can listen to for free on regular FM Radio...

A couple of years ago, I gave in and bought a Sirius Satelite Radio for my car as I hate commercials.  Satelite is great!  Barely any commercials, depending on the stations you're listening to, and if you don't like a song, you just move along to the next station as there's probably a 99% chance there is a song and not a commercial.

For the past two days, I've been listening to regular Radio again, as my husband has not returned my adapter from our latest trip to Austin.  And for the past couple of days, I've been huffing and puffing at the radio for all their darn commercials.

It must be hard to come up with the order for the day: Commercial, Song, Commercial, Commercial, Song, Commercial, Commercial, Commercial, Song, Commercial, Commercial, Commercial, Commercial, Commercial, Commercial, Commercial, Commercial, Song, Commercial, Song, repeat...

I must admit, in my next life, I will buy Satellite Radio immediately and not wait so long to give into paying for music.  Do you pay for Satellite, or do you stick with regular FM Radio?

Comment balloon 31 commentsDonna Harris • August 07 2008 03:45PM


Donna-I also bought Sirius when it first came out. You can not beat the selection of stations. My wife and I enjoy the 80's and the 90's stations and our kids really do not like being in the car with the Sirius in it. Oh Well.


Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 12 years ago

Joe, Would your kids rather listen to commercials?  Silly kids...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago

My middle name is El Chepo. Hence, I've never paid for satellite radio. I'm just always a free turn on my radio kinda gal for the programs I listen to. Then the rest of the time, I listen to my CDs - taped/recorded radio shows.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 12 years ago

Loreena, But I'm "El Chepo" when it comes to buying CDs.  I have bought about 10 ever, and like to channel hop instead of listening to the same songs over and over, but I prefer to listen to "music" and not commercials on those stations.  I find it well worth the $12.95 a month.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago

Hi Donna, I don't own a satellite radio but listen to it when in rental cars and it has to be better than the over and over of the same songs on FM.

BTW, this is an excellent post and has been featured in the Group Diary of a Realtor. Congratulations.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 12 years ago

At $12.95 a month, not a bad deal, but I'll follow along with "El Cheapo" theory. Rarely am I able to listen to the radio in the car to start, and if I do, I have some type of motivation/affirmation stuff in the cd player. I know, I'm a nerd!

If my kids are in the car, the DVD is on, so no radio then either... but I do download music for my ipod at the gym - I can't watch the "free" tv while working out!

Posted by Leigh Bates, The Trinity Group (Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Donna - haven't gotten satellite. If I were driving distances I probably would, but, for the short trips I usually make (a couple minutes to 1/2 hour) I'm ok with radio, plus, I am often on the phone (hands free of course).

On longer trips, we usually listen to cd's (we have hundreds) or turn things off and just talk, or enjoy the quiet.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 12 years ago

I don't listen to the radio, ever.  I'm a big fan of books on tape (or CD in my case).  And, I fit right in with the other El Cheapos because I get them at the library. 

Posted by Lorrie Semler, REALTORĀ® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate (United Real Estate) over 12 years ago

I stick with FM/AM.  My car has XM but I don't pay for it.  It's funny how when my free 3 months were up they sent me a letter to subscribe at a discount.  Now after 7 months the deal keeps getting better.  I'm waiting for them to give me an even better deal before I commit.  I still listened to AM/FM even when I had the XM working.

Posted by David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier (Keller Williams Premier) over 12 years ago

where's donna been? :(

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 12 years ago

Donna, it's amazing just how spoiled we get! I love my On Star and all its goodies.

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

Gary, Thanks for the feature! And it's true about repeating songs. I had a 10am appt this morning, and the same song was playing when I got back in my car at 11:45am after that appt.

Leigh, Alyssa is too young still to dictate kid stuff in the car.  Has your Homestead listing sold yet?  I drive by it often as my mom lives in that neighborhood.

Mike, You talk?  That's an interesting idea... though people already tell me I talk to myself too much, but if I were driving and talking, people would just think I was singing to the radio.

Lorrie, I didn't know you could get them at the library, that's good to know.

David, XM and Sirius just merged so the deals are going to be different and more expensive for new users, be careful waiting too long...

Greg, W O R K I N'... Haven't you heard?  The numbers for July came out in my office and I'm the #1 agent year to date for the fourth month in a row, Yahoooo!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago

My husband and I get XM Radio and LOVE it. I'm a total 80's gal so I'm always listing to XM8. My kids sing Prince, Cindy Lauper, Def Leppard...

Posted by LaNita Cates (REMAX of Joliet) over 12 years ago

Deb, What all does On Star do besides unlock your doors and alert police if there's an accident?

LaNita, I love the 70's and 80's stuff.  My mom made me listen to the "oldie but goodies" growing up.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago

Donna - I agree.  I use to pay for radio and decided it was a scam.  Then I listened to regular radio again and thought, this is ridiculous how many commercials are playing.  And then I took it a step further.... I plug in my ipod.  It's paid for and portable.  :-)

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 12 years ago

I too love Sirius! There is so much to choose, from talk radio on every subject to hip hop to euro milkmaids playing bongos on the surface of the moon <<<smile>>> I really do enjoy the virtual lack of commercials.

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) over 12 years ago

OK Donna... here I go...

1. I listen to NPR in the car, so no commercials (although the annoying pledge drives make me insane) and it fits my el cheapo budget nicely (remember I specialize in short sales, so be nice).

2. For $12.95/mo I could buy another community in tomorrow's Texas Land Rush! LOL.

3. I certainly hope that from your response to LaNita you are not classifying those of us who were teenagers in the 70's as "oldies"! :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 12 years ago

JOhn, The ipod might be paid for, but don't you have to pay like $1 a song to load?  I don't have an ipod, but I remember seeing something like that which is what helped make my decision to not buy an ipod.

Rich, I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I do.  My husband got it just for Stern, and I got it just so I didn't have to listen to commercials while listening to actual music.  Kinda like MTV doesn't play videos anymore...

Steve, Of course you're not an oldie... I had to listen to the 50's and 60's too.  Do you remember when KVIL 103.7 had the "oldie but goodies" radio on Sunday mornings and you could call in a specific date and they would play the #1 song for you?  That is, until Cowboy's football took over on that station for Sunday mornings...

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago

Donna - Don't you office from home? ;)     ha ha.....

u khun do et!!!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 12 years ago

yes... finally 90+ DOM and then a bidding war - go figure! It was a great listing though due to location, I got 3 more listings just from the flyers.

We also have a house 5 doors down listed that just went under contract.

Posted by Leigh Bates, The Trinity Group (Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate) over 12 years ago

Ravi, My husband spent a couple of hours wiring it into his car, and it's pretty cool because you can get in the car with a buffer so you can fast forward through song you don't like or the Stern advertising.  Then he listens online while in the house.  I'm "workin'" when I'm in the house so I don't listen online.

Greg, Yes, I work from home, but I was also in Austin for 3 days, and only working on and off and reading about some silly emails I received!!

Leigh, It's funny because I just caught the name recognition last week.  I was like, why does the name on that sign sound so familiar... and then it dawned on me who it was.  Congrats on the snowpile of other listings. I pulled up sales a couple of weeks ago for my mom, and I was very surprised to see that overall, DOM was under 30 days.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago

Donna - I was an "early adopter" for Sirius radio about four years ago (I think), and I have a tough time listening to commercials on radio anymore.  The same goes for Tivo/DVR, as I don't watch TV commercials either. 

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 12 years ago

Donna,   The biggest reason I would pay for Sirius is for the non-stop news channels and the live baseball or football games- I know I am way different- don't want to miss anything.  To me that's worth paying for, music I can get for free.

Posted by Mary Jo Schaffer, Bandera Texas Real Estate (Sweetheart Realty) over 12 years ago

Jason, I feel the same about TiVo/DVR.  We just switched our main tv to a DVR, and it's nothing like being able to watch two shows at once with the multiple tuners on TiVo.  I've been watching more commercials because of that.

Mary Jo, Nothing wrong with liking to stay caught up on the world instead of listening to music.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago

Donna Harris Realty,


Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 12 years ago

We just recently purchased a new mini-van (Our staff keeps on growing!) which came with a free six-month subscription to Sirius.  I can honestly say I'm helplessly addicted.  When the time comes to renew, I'll for sure continue the subscription.  It would be like going back to black and white TV if I didn't.

Hope everyone is happy & healthy, and have a great weekend!!


Posted by Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC) over 12 years ago


I have BOTH...satellite at home and in the car and regular FM at work. I enjoy listening to my local stations for news updates...the talk radio station is on full time. It's a variety of shows throughout the day. It's very informative, and entertaining. But on the drive home from work...I want MUSIC satellite radio it is!

Posted by Rebecca Schrader (Competitive Insurance of Dundee) over 12 years ago

Does Sirius offer an online version that you can also use. I have XM in my car and also have access to it on my laptop free with the same subscription.


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Posted by Adam Hankey, Internet Marketing, MLS IDX, Web Design ( Search Engine Marketing Strategist) over 12 years ago


My wife has XM and she loves it.

I wanted it but my hybrid (Highlander ) didn't offer it and my f150 didn't have it either.

I think this year both do. However, I have my phone, my lap top, my radio (standard), my second phone. Txt messaging, email, web sites etc. all in my car.

I am a very busy kind-a-guy. Sometime I just want everything off and silence. I like to sell silence, I wonder how much people would pay for it?



Posted by Richard Stabile, Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor (Re/Max Real Estate Limited) over 12 years ago

Never cared for the satellite radio.  I play alot of CDs in my car, but books on CD.  I do listen to my wifes satellite radio though, I like the old radio movies.  I find myself sitting in the driveway though trying to get to a point where I can get out and walk away. 

Last year I wanted to get to the end of The Lone Ranger and put the kids in the car and drove around looking at Christmas lights in the neighborhood to finish it out (gas was  only $2/gallon though). 

Posted by Chad Baird (Re/Max Spirit) over 12 years ago

Between Sirius and my sound system rigged to utilize my ipod, I NEVER listen to commercial radio except for NPR and when you get to Austin you will want to tune in to KUT!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 12 years ago