I've had it. When my XM satellite radio subscription ran out in January, I thought I could handle listening to CBC radio during my 30 minute ride in every morning. For 17 years of commuting (with the exception of 1 year of XM), I always left my car radio tuned to 98.7. Puff pieces aside, I usually found the news and special reports well-done and interesting enough to make my commute from home to school seem shorter.
In November of 2009 I started to have enough of Wei Chen. It's not her voice (although some friends have commented that they find it particularly annoying too), it's her constant need to interject herself into every story. I don't care about her personal life, and I certainly do not think she should be lecturing on things she has no clue about (usually followed with a raised voice indicating that she is not really "stating" something but rather just "questioning" it...).
Today was my last day with her as my morning ride companion One story, on Zdeno Chara's body check on Max Pacioretty that caused the Montreal forward to slam into some ill-thought out piece of plexi-glass in the Bell Centre, she kept harping on "past history" between the two players. She cannot respect the fact that hockey is a sport were injuries happen, and that Chara is not known for being a dirty player. Instead of focusing on a poorly designed arena, she kept trying (in her questioning voice) to make it seem like Chara figured out how to settle a vendetta by orchestrating a one-in-a-million body check on Pacioretty.
Her next story on scholarship winners from the "listening area", made me double think how accurate either the CBC producers are, or how well Chen can read. It turns out one of the scholarship winners was from my old high school, and time after time throughout the interview Chen referred to the wrong town and the wrong county. Pretty simple stuff...makes me wonder what else they get wrong on a daily basis.
So, today I will be making the call to XM and finding some way to economically bring some form of entertainment back into my car for the morning commute.
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