T-Radio

By - 11/9/07 - 12:09 pm

T-TV!

Good Lord.

David Gianatasio asks why stop there?

... I'd like to tweak that idea for the MBTA: Wrap the passengers in ads. Wrap me head to toe. You can keep the revenue if I get to ride for free. I’m already lining up sponsors. Local car dealerships, bicycle shops, taxi services, walking clubs. All alternate forms of transportation welcome.

By - 10/25/07 - 3:37 pm

Just got this in my e-mail box:

From: "MBTA radio" <[email protected]>

Dear MBTA Customer:

Thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts on T-Radio. As we stated at the launch of this pilot test, MBTA riders would determine the fate of T-Radio. We have heard from a number of riders on a wide range of issues including the content and style.

By - 10/25/07 - 9:01 am

The Accidental Fiddler reports she heard T-Radio announce at least twice that Keith Lockhart would be taking time out from the set of the new Raiders of the Lost Ark movie to conduct the playing of the national anthem at Fenway last night.

By - 10/24/07 - 10:41 am

Will we one day wistfully look back at photos like this and recall when live musicians played on the T instead of canned Billy Joel and Ernie Boch, Jr.?

Over at North Station, Third Decade can't avoid the voices in his head even when he plugs in his iPod:

By - 10/22/07 - 1:05 pm

Spatch notes the absurdity that is Ernie Boch Jr. advertising on T-Radio:

... That's right. In addition to drowning out buskers and making South Station sound like a mall, the public transportation system in Boston is now telling you to go buy a car. ...

By - 10/19/07 - 3:05 pm

Some buskers are now carrying petitions you can sign against this aural abominiation MBTA experiment. There's also an online petition, but, what do you think the odds are the T will care about that? Better to start looking for scruffy looking people at South Station with clipboards and ask if they're those Emerson kids the T has supposedly hired to gauge public opinion. Also, even if you don't read it, write to the Metro - who knows, maybe Dan Grabauskas will answer your note in his column?

By - 10/11/07 - 9:16 am

The MBTA formally announces its new effort to blast your brain with music and ads while you idly wonder why flames are shooting out from under that Red Line train.

Poll: T-Radio: Yay or nay?

T riders without earbuds or headphones will soon have no choice but to listen to T Radio on the Orange and Green Line platforms at North Station, the Red and Silver Line platforms at South Station and at Airport Station:

By - 10/9/07 - 3:17 pm

Spatch reports from South Station that the MBTA is now experimenting with driving its riders completely insane by blasting something called T Radio at them while they wait for trains - complete with chirpy DJs, the music you grew up with and, of course, ads: