So, as I told you yesterday, we got a new car. This car does not have anything particularly fancy in the dashboard console department, unless you consider an ashtray fancy, which I do, because you just can’t find a car with a good ashtray anymore.

The car has an excellent sound system, to be sure. However, it was a bit confusing at first, and as I was trying to convince the radio to put the sound system to work, my beloved informed me that Norway had shut down the AM/FM radio in favor of DAB. Needless to say, I was shocked and irate that there was no radio.

My immediate reaction consisted of the following:

  • What do you mean, they shut down the radio?
  • What kind of country is this?
  • How am I supposed to hear if a child has been kidnapped? (The crime rate is really low here, actually.)
  • Or if traffic is bad? (It isn’t, because of roundabouts.)
  • Or if a tornado or hurricane or other severe weather is headed our way? (Norway has none of these.)
  • Or if school is canceled due to inclement weather? (it never is, unless the weather is like -18°C.)

Once I had sorted out all of my dramatics, done a bit of grocery shopping, and got back in the car, I soon figured out that the great country of Norway had not, in fact, completely shut down the radio in favor of digital broadcast.

My friends, two stations show up on the FM band when using the scan feature. One was Top 40, and the other was a mix of Top 40 and what one might call “adult easy listening”.

Let’s just say, we will be sorting out an MP3 or CD solution as soon as possible.

On the bright side, limiting the broadcasts to two Top 40 stations eliminates talk radio and sports radio, two of the greatest irritants on either FM or AM.