Yesterday at work, we were having a quiet afternoon, so I went off to find something useful to do. I ended up at the workbench in one of our upstairs rooms, where I made myself a coffee and spent a few hours fixing up some old PCs that were sitting around awaiting repair.
My plan had been to listen to the radio while I did this. The workbench has a little audio monitoring panel, with green LEDs bouncing up and down like on your dad’s 80s hi-fi, so I turned up the volume and found it playing Radio 1. There were no other controls.
With some difficulty I traced the cables out of the back and found they disappeared, unlabelled, into a hole in the floor. I went to the audio router at the other end of the room and tried switching stations on anything I could find tuned to Radio 1, but none of them were right.
No problem, I thought. It’s the 21st century. I’ll use my phone. So I opened my TuneIn radio app and selected 6music.
The app informed me that this station wasn’t available in my territory due to geographical restrictions. I looked around to confirm my surroundings, and yes, I was indeed sitting in Broadcasting House where 6music is assembled and broadcast, and my phone was connected to the building wi-fi. It was, therefore, legal to listen to that station in my present geographical territory.
Nothing I did would persuade TuneIn radio of that, though, and my coffee was going cold, and the PCs weren’t getting fixed. Sometimes, even when it’s your job to make the radio work, you can’t make the radio work. So I listened to Absolute 80s instead.
11 comments on “No radio”
Did you try hanging out the window in the hope that you could get a signal that way?
That… that wasn’t the problem.
Did you tap the radio to make it work or, to a greater extent, maybe kick it a few times?
No. It wasn’t a radio. That’s not what was happening.
Did you try getting a new radio to see if the old one was on the blink?
It wasn’t an old radio that wasn’t working, so no, I didn’t try that.
You know, Argos are really cheap. Perhaps you could get a new radio from there to solve your problem?
Sure. Yes. Thank you very much. I’ll try that.
You’re welcome #matesquared
It’s so nice helping people.
Yep. Consider me massively helped. Next time I have a problem, I’ll be giving you another call.
You know, I remember when you used to do work at your job.