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Posted on Feb 12, 2007 in zeitgeist | 6 comments

The Unexpected Attractiveness of Random Broadcast Media

The Unexpected Attractiveness of Random Broadcast Media

Driving home tonight listening to XFM we were pleased to hear the sudden appearance of This Charming Man by The Smiths. Clearly, a classic, but not often heard on the radio. Silence fell in the car, all talking stopped and, after a brief moment of listening, we sang along for all we were worth. ( until Heather Suttie talked over the end and then cut off the last bit, sheesh. )
The thing is, I could listen that song any time I wanted, I have the MP3 on my phone. But for some reason, because it appeared randomly on the radio, it was all the more welcome.
I’ve noticed this often over the years when a radio station manages to play something half decent for a change.
The same applies to TV. I will often be delighted to see a film* appear in the regular schedules and make sure to watch it, even though:

  • I will have seen it umpteen times before
  • I own it on DVD

This often still applies when I have to sit through all the adverts, I don’t just put the DVD on and watch it at the same time, I watch the broadcast version.

Maybe its just me. Am I odd? Let the nation decide…

* usually Apollo 13


  1. Heather Suttie is an dim-witted eejit.

    I used to watch movies on TV that I had on DVD, but now I have retreated into 1970s sitcom land on a permanent basis, I no longer have that problem.

    Tonight, I will mainly be watching:

    Man About the House: Series 2
    Dad’s Army: Series 5
    Sykes: 1973 Series

    You try to get that kind of quality line-up on TV nowadays 🙂

  2. And there I was, wondering if I was odd…

  3. actually, if one of my fav’s comes on the telly and I’m out, I’ll even video the sucker despite having it on DVD, DivX, wax cylinder….ok I made that up, but i know what you mean, I guess it might have something to do with making you feel you have discerning taste..only the good stuff lasts the test of time…I mean how many Bros tunes do you hear being broadcast nowadays?

  4. dim witted eejot – thanks very much! sadly twas not me to blame for the record ending as it did, its the way its programmed in our system. sorry to hear your disappointment, next time i play it i’ll be sure not to talk over one millisecond of it!

  5. It happened again! This time ‘Glory Box’ by Portishead, tonight on the way home.

    I suppose I should just be happy that songs such as these get airtime in the first place!

  6. Hmm. I’ve polled this one in response to the blog (which has been a matter of debate before I think.) The poll says “Yes” and when questioned more closely says “Get Carter and The Abyss.” Now apart from my sad taste in fillums the Poll also said that calling Heather Suttie an eejit was ungentlemanly. Which is probably true. Is it that the chaps want their (subconscious) preference of entertainment to be shared and validated by their peers? Or do they just not see the ad breaks (unless there’s flesh in them…)

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