Garrison Keillor has a really enjoyable essay in the Nation. You can find it online here. It’s an essay about looking for different worlds on the radio.

I remember getting my first transistor radio when I was 6. I was so amazed by it, and its ability to pick up far away stations. I would stay up past my bedtime, huddle under the covers with a flashlight, put in the single ear piece, and slowly move the dial on the side of the radio trying to find a far away station. Once I found one, I would turn off the flashlight and act like I was asleep as I listened. If I wanted to change stations I knew where I was centered, and could measure the turn of the dial up or down away from my anchor station.

Usually I tuned for WLS 890 am in Chicago. I could never pick it up on the radio during the day, so it was a special find. As a kid in Lexington, KY, I only knew that Chicago was really far away. It seemed to be the farthest away station I could pick up.

It was like bringing another planet into my room. They played a rock and roll format at that time, and some of it was music my parents listened to, but some of it was completely new. Also, it was always interesting to compare the weather reports to those of the thermometer at our house. It was usually colder in Chicago.

Today, I suppose the internet brings that other world into our rooms the same way. TV seems mostly too dull to bring the same excitement. There is very little discovery on TV. Yet, the Internet still has a million voices available as close as a Google search. I relish in that everyday. I hope the internet maintains that character.