I just called the MBTA to register a complaint that I don't like this crap interfering with the subway performers program. The person I spoke to had no idea that T radio existed and had no idea that the subway performers program existed. Oy.
It may just be a test for South Station. I didn't hear it on any of the other platforms when we stopped; at least, not yet.
I'm still waiting to see if anybody else encounters it during afternoon rush, or if they were fiddling with it during low ridership times.
2007-10-09 07:21 pm (UTC)
MBTA announcement (for your ears only)
grrrrtz grrrtz grrrrrtz, pssgrs, zzzzzz, grrrrtzzzz
2007-10-09 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: MBTA announcement (for your ears only)
once, at park street, there was a low drone and a rhythmic grinding noise coming out of the speakers. it was actually kind of neat.
I'd rather hear HOT HOT HOT than that stupid Charlie and the MBTA thing.
There's nothing dumber than the name "THE CHARLIE CARD".
There's nothing dumber than the name "THE CHARLIE CARD".
Which is why it is /perfect/ for the MBTA.
2007-10-09 07:35 pm (UTC)
You really need to provide links to the last 2 T posts of yours, because they were really brilliant and provide the backstory for at least the emergency exit and the red line debacle.
okay, you need to stop using that icon... b0st0n shouldn't make me laugh about things like trailer park boys
If this actually starts happening everywhere, I might have to beat someone. Damn.
That said, I didn't hear it on my commute this morning (Jackson Square/Downtown Crossing/Kendall).
I think that this brilliant new idea is only going to increase the incidents of homicidal rage among commuters.
this made me laugh and cringe all at once, great work!
Oh man, the subway performers are part of what I love about this city. I spent many a night playing down in the T stops when I first moved up here. That's just awful.
I'll be in the Central stop in a few minutes, I'll report back if I hear anything awful.
It runs about a 25% to 75% ratio for me. I really hate the Davis Square guy, not so much for his talent (he's a good player), but I just don't want to hear the stuff he plays in the morning. And anything that eradicates Downtown Crossing's Creepy Clown Man is a good thing.
oh good god... i hope this was a fluke!
If they are testing, they will use it. And Abuse it. T-riders are not customers.... they are a 'captive market' for them to exploit in their minds.
I now live in dread of my next subway ride....
Welcome to the wonderful world of shrinking budgets. It means more ads.
I still hate the flipbooks more.
We've already had a passenger uprising - if this continues I can see Michael Douglas-type rampages starting before too long.
A few quick searches and I find that mbtaradio.com is registered by Pyramid Radio, Inc., who's home page says they create "customized audio entertainment designed to entertain your customers".
Could be they have a contract. Could be their looking for one. Either way, it looks like this is a pilot program to gauge reaction. You should send yours in the customer comment section at MBTA.com.
Anyone remember when Pyramid owned KISS 108?
And I thought the T had reached an agreement with the street performers' group, ten or more years ago, that any TVs in the stations would not have sound.
Your icon, I believe says it all.
I'll be passing through South Station if I ever get out of work today so I can report back on my findings.
Bastards! I will not be a victim of their insidious advertising! I will just turn up my iPod* and drown that crap out!
*Oh. Looks like the advertisers already got to me.
Seriously, though, this is equal parts annoying and sad. I really hope they don't drive all the buskers out. :(
Yar...buskers make me happy on my otherwise annoying commute. :)
Dan Graubaskas, you've screwed me again.
That was a nicely put-together rant. Well done.
2007-10-09 10:51 pm (UTC)
yes! more noise pollution!!!
Of course this will end up one of two ways:
1) Horrid T radio piped in, clear as a bell, while the useful announcements remain garbled shite.
2) Horrid T radio piped in, garbled as badly as the usual announcements.
Or possibly the MBTA will find a way to screw this up even worse than I can imagine. What a lousy idea.
2007-10-10 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: yes! more noise pollution!!!
horrible garbled T radio *would* be funny though... for the first couple of minutes anyway
That is awful - Please everybody - complain to the authorities about it so they will know the public hates the piped in radio.
As a busker, I am appalled and concerned for my livelihood. So some big corporate fat cats will get fatter while those of us who actually MAKE MUSIC for a living get to starve. Niiiice. North and South Stations are cash cows for buskers, and in the year-and-a-half I've been busking, I've gotten all of one negative comment and hundreds of positive ones.
(Yes, I can make a living other ways. I got skillz. But this is how I've chosen to do so for now.)
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET THE T KNOW YOU WANT TO KEEP LIVE MUSIC. If you do. If you don't, at least let them know you don't like T Radio either.
I'm considering just going and playing against the radio anyway, but that would probably be more annoying and fail to help the cause.
Also check out www.communityartsadvocates.com if you're interested in learning more about the history of the struggle of Boston's street musicians and find out ways you can help more, should you be so inclined.
(Shouldn't this contain a preemptive remark about how, yes, you already know that Anomie thinks street performers are homeless disheveled drunk nonmidgets?)
Its better than hearing those sucky banjo players...there is a guy who does not even play most of the time...he puts down the banjo and preaches. I heard a couple of good songs today...and the sound was decent. Stop complaining about everything. You suck.
If he sucks, he won't get tips, and he'll (probably) eventually go away. If anyone has a problem with a specific busker, contact the Transit Realty Authority at (617) 482-2525; they're the ones who actually administer the subway performers program. Buskers are supposed to display current permits while busking, so you should be able to get his name off that. I don't know if they'd DO anything, mind you. Meanwhile, those of us who are good (and modest) are appreciated by many people, and it's a good way for a working musician to network.
i personally loved hearing rhianna sing about her umbrella-ella-ella-ey-ey-ey.
I actually like that song. A lot. But it doesn't need to be playing while I'm trying to work. Hmph.