I recently got satellite radio for my home. Commercial free, and pre-selected channels by the dozens, covering every musical taste. My plan has about 180 stations, including a few that I don’t have any use for – like Martha Stewart’s “How-To For Living,” and Traffic & Weather for the Dallas/Forth Worth area.
The first 30 or so stations are variations on “pop” and “rock,” including Elvis 24/7 (wow!) and “Deep Classic Rock” as well as “Hard and Heavy Classic Rock.”
Eventually, in the 70-80 station bracket, after 6 country stations and as many with variantions on “Hip-Hop/R&B,” we arrive at the stuff of opera houses and concert halls.
And there are just thee: “Met Opera Radio,” “Classical Pops,” and “Symphonic & Chamber Music” !
Is the marketplace speaking?
Is the classical-music canary dozing off?