VH-1 Mega Hits Rock-N-Roll For Gen-X

If you consider yourself a fan of alternative music, you might want to turn on VH-1 Mega Hits and have a look (and listen). Apparently at some point towards the end of last year they switched formats and are playing "adult alternative" music now. Must be music aimed at Gen-X (the best generation). I'm starved for music at work since I can't stream anything (network issues) or even play music on my computer (sound card bug). I can only get in 2 radio stations, both AM, and both just barely. One is our local neocon affiliate, and the other is a station out of southern Ontario. I can only take so much hate, and so much Canadian news, so radio isn't an option for more than a few hours a week. I'm not quite sure why the AM signals make it through my 6 foot concrete walls, but I can't find anything on FM. So I'm limited to carrying in all the music I listen to at work. Since discovering the new format at VH1 Mega Hits I've been using a VCR to record the audio and I'm amazed at how much I like what they're playing. The odd thing is there are no commercials. I've recorded about 15 hours so far and I've not heard a single commercial. I've read some internet rumors they're going to be switching format soon, so I better fill up all the old tapes I can find. So anywho, have a listen, there's some interesting things being played. And hey, Keep on Rockin'

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Granted I fall weird (supposedly too young to be Gen-X, supposedly too old to be a Millenial) but I can note a few things here in terms of competencies.

I can only get in 2 radio stations, both AM, and both just barely. One is our local neocon affiliate, and the other is a station out of southern Ontario. I can only take so much hate, and so much Canadian news, so radio isn't an option for more than a few hours a week. I'm not quite sure why the AM signals make it through my 6 foot concrete walls, but I can't find anything on FM.

My "local neocon affiliate" (owned and operated by ClearChannel even!) had on its local show a wee bit of an expose in which the local daily newspaper totally made up the lead to a story that shared the banner headline on the right side of the page with something on the left side. Anyhow the reason AM signals can get through while FM cannot is due to the absorptive properties of concrete. Concrete allows certain wavelengths of signal to get through while others get absorbed and otherwise suppressed. It sounds like your six foot walls of concrete are letting through the long-wave signals of AM radio while the shorter wavelength signals of FM are bouncing off the walls. The only absorption effect approaching perfect is a black hole (a.k.a. "quantum singularity") but nowadays we are learning that even those cosmological critters can leak radiation.

As to VH1...I really would need to have cable or satellite to know what this variant channel you are talking about is. My grandparents have cable and they do not get that specific one you refer to. Of course, then again, with my family's roof-based antenna we get CBC from over Lake Erie (as well as CityTV and many more stations) so I think there is perhaps an acceptable trade-off there, eh?

Here in WNY our local Fox affiliate runs Canadian ads about half the time, it can be confusing for people who don't know "The Brick" is only in Canada. I never understood why they're the only station that does that, I guess they have lots O Canadian viewers.

As for the radio, that's funny, since AM won't make it under a bridge but FM will, I just assumed FM had better penitration.

Off the top of my head here at home in such hot weather on Lake Erie's south shore...I would suggest checking the MSDS for the type of concrete used in the walls if possible. That might explain RF absorption.

Need to find some ice cubes...