Change of age, change of taste

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When we were younger we would instantly request a certain radio station or music artist to listen to when getting in the car. Whether we were riding with friends, family or alone, most of us had a certain choice of music we wanted to enjoy while riding.

But if there’s one thing I’ve noticed, it’s that our taste changes as we age. Not just our taste in food, which also changes, but our taste in music or listening preferences.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that while riding in the car or going for a run, I no longer only listen to musical artists I’m currently rotating. I’ll also be listening to an audiobook, podcast, or even NPR if I’m in the car. Living a life steady on the go I’ve learned that audiobooks are an easy way to check out a new book without having to carve out time to sit and flip through 200-400 pages. Podcasts are also great because there is such a vast variety out there. I may listen to a comic podcast one day where a comedian or celebrity is being interviewed, then the next day listen to one where a recent movie is being discussed, or even a motivational talk or sermon from a pastor I enjoy.

And then comes National Public Radio. I didn’t discover NPR until college. When I was younger, my family didn’t listen to NPR, but for my wife’s family it was the opposite. Whether it was “Prairie Home Companion” Saturday evenings or laughter while listening to “Car Talk” earlier in the day, they quickly introduced me to the world of NPR.

I’ve found myself with my car’s radio frequently set to 91.5 FM, which is our local NPR station. Some days it’s just background noise, but other days I’m curious to see what’s happening in the news.

Earlier this week my college roommate was visiting us while in the area for a job interview. Not long after we drove down the road he heard a familiar and distinctive voice saying “I’m Jack Speer in Washington with the news.”

Normally people in their mid-20s don’t get that excited about hourly news, but Jesse has just returned from two years in Chicago where he missed a few of the local NPR shows. We then spent the next 10 minutes discussing various NPR hosts, shows and weekend comedy talk shows.

If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that I would be listening to talk shows or comedy game shows on the radio I would’ve laughed at you. Whether it’s catching up on news commentary from 1A’s Joshua Johnson in the mornings or laughing along to Peter Sagal’s “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” on the weekends, I can definitely say my listening tastes have changed through the years.

If there’s a book you’re wanting to check out, invest in Audible to listen to them on the go. And I’ve definitely learned there is a podcast for nearly anyone out there.

Tony Feagin is a member of The Daily Record newsroom staff. He may be reached at 910-745-7874 or tfeagin@mydailyrecord.com.

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