The other day I was working in the garage and I wanted to listen to i95. Normally, I listen to the station through my wireless household speaker system that receives the radio station over the internet.

But my internet was down.

So, I found a good, old-fashioned pocket radio, loaded two new batteries into it and voilà! I was listening to i95.

The ironies abound. First, the fact that listening to the radio - on an actual radio - inspired me to write about it is just crazy. There was a time, not too long ago, when that’s how we listened, because it was the ONLY way. Now, it’s cell phones and wireless systems and Bluetooth devices and smart speakers.

Second, you are reading this on… the internet. So yes, even though we can still listen to the radio without the internet, we must tell everyone about it (and everything else we do) ON the internet and social media.

Finally, I mentioned it to a buddy of mine who is a regular listener of i95 and he said “Really? Besides my car, I don’t even own a radio. I’m not even sure you can buy one anymore.”

Don’t get me wrong. It’s great that there are so many ways to listen to and interact with i95. There is no moss growing on us and we’re happy that people can listen even when they are on the other side of the world (and do!)

But, listening on a tiny, tinny-sounding 25+-year-old radio was both gratifying and even a bit subversive, as is “Screw you, internet! I can still listen to great radio without you!”

No matter how you listen, just keep doing it. And enjoy the best classic rock anywhere, from the internet to the stratosphere.