Ron, there is an avenue you haven't explored. Contact the programmers directly.
I can't speak for Galaxie, but I personally know all the MaxTrax programmers on a first name basis.
I designed and built the current playback system along with the first Title Track and Artist on screen display in Canada!
On every song is a link to the providers web site.
From there are links to the programmers.
I know they take their listeners very seriously as I hear about it when their is a technical malfunction that makes it's to them.
If the lineup is NOT to your liking, there are alternatives like satellite radio.
At 1 time, the cable/satellite line up consisted of 30 channels of DMX (Predecessor to Max Trax) and 30 channels of Galaxie.
A few years ago, their was a Joint Marketing Agreement that reduced overlap to 20 channels each, so providers could offer a 40 channel total lineup.
As a result of this consolidation, some content will get blended into the NEW 20+20 formats.
Each programmer will bring some of their own persona to the table.
Example, under the old DMX lineup, I favoured Classic Rock, 1 of the formats imported from DMX in the U.S. with an L.A. programmer.
After the migration to Max Trax on May 1st, 2001, that format failed to exist in Canada for residential use.
I tried Galaxie's GOLD ROCK, but couldn't stomach it at all.
I found some stations on Sirius that fit the bill.
Since I have both cable and satellite, there are 2 stations on SHAW that are EXCLUSIVE and 2 that everybody else gets that SHAW doesn't.
Lucky for me, I get all of them.
You comments are very subjective, while my *C lineup includes programming on WB/UPN/CW, I NEVER watch anything there.
I'm an ABC/NBC/CBS HD sorta guy! With Global for local news, and that's about it.
Music stations have become VERY specialized and it's apparent that your taste cannot be found in such a small 40 channel lineup.
I was very amazed when Sirius came to one of the U.S. satellite providers and I found no less than 2 dozen "ROCK" stations, ALL slightly different.
I finaly found a couple that did the trick depending on my moods.
I noticed 'several' Country music, new, old and others.
Just like Jazz, there is Modern, Classical & Dixie, I don't like some of them, but OK with others.
Since the package is basically free with your set, then you are free to find a format that meets your needs.
Given the technology today, it should be easy.
Have the kids help you with an iPod type device and a home media player system with all YOUR favourite selections and then enjoy them at home, in the car or walking.
The beauty of the current 40 CH, JMA is that is covers the spectrum with a fair balance.
While I'm a classic rock fellow mostly, sometimes, I feel like a little Jazz or maybe some Blues.
Since that's not generally in my collection, this type of service does the trick.
As a favour to you, give me the Max Trax format in a PM and I'll give the programmers name, email and direct phone numbers.
I'm sure they would be delighted to hear from you.
Last edited by ARR; 2006-10-07 at 02:58 AM.