The new digital TV was set to radio broadcasting this evening. The ‘real’ radio in the kitchen was switched on too. It became very irritating to have an overlap of vocabulary sounding out. It was as if there was a permanent stutter at the ends of syllables or trailing at the ends of sentences.
Knowing that it will be 2015 at the earliest till we are switched off from analogue radio broadcasting, I was relatively sanguine about the time lag in the two broadcasts. If it is not sorted out by compulsory radio switch over dates I won’t be so tolerant of it.
Those of you living in the UK, will have probably become aware that there is a campaign underway to tempt the suckers, that’s you and me, to part with analogue radios now. Manufacturers and retailers are desperate to keep up sales. We are told that our old analogue radios will go to a great cause, giving people, like those living in Africa, equipment they have not yet had en masse. Participating shops, we are told seductively, will give a £10 credit for a trade-in against a new digital radio.
Excuse me for not being excited or seduced by this sorry sales pitch. Stuff it, I am really not interested! I can obtain at least five more years of use from my old analogue radio, it might even be longer……. My radio has served me well and will continue to do so.
When digital radio broadcasting timing has been perfected, (if it ever is) someone can let me know. I will need assuring. I like Big Ben to be “boinging” on time, not several overlapping seconds late. I set my watch by the final hourly chime of Big Ben.