Road Trip

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

In December 2011 my brother and I took a road trip for Christmas. First, we drove from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., then from there to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and from there to Kansas to visit our mom. Usually when we take trips I fill up my phone with old Bombcasts, but I've heard most of them at least two or even three times now, so I needed to find something different. I don't listen to any other podcasts and generally don't like to listen to music anymore (unless it's a soundtrack I can associate with some experience I had, like a game or movie), but I wanted something that wouldn't easily be tuned out to make the drives seem shorter. This meant I needed people having conversations, and the only thing that came to mind that would be suitable for both my brother and I was the talk radio stations from the Grand Theft Auto series. So along with Giant Bomb's Game of the Year 2009 deliberations (my brother hadn't completed Uncharted 2 when the podcast was first released), I placed Chatterbox FM from GTA III, V-Rock from Vice City (has some good music along with more Lazlow), West Coast Talk Radio from San Andreas, and Integrity 2.0 from GTA IV on to my phone. It didn't take my brother long to realize what we were listening to.

None of the subsequent talk radio stations were as good as Chatterbox FM

We're about to take another road trip in September after he returns from Afghanistan and I'm trying to figure out what to do next.

Do you do anything in particular for long road trips, or do you just listen to the radio?

#1 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

In December 2011 my brother and I took a road trip for Christmas. First, we drove from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., then from there to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and from there to Kansas to visit our mom. Usually when we take trips I fill up my phone with old Bombcasts, but I've heard most of them at least two or even three times now, so I needed to find something different. I don't listen to any other podcasts and generally don't like to listen to music anymore (unless it's a soundtrack I can associate with some experience I had, like a game or movie), but I wanted something that wouldn't easily be tuned out to make the drives seem shorter. This meant I needed people having conversations, and the only thing that came to mind that would be suitable for both my brother and I was the talk radio stations from the Grand Theft Auto series. So along with Giant Bomb's Game of the Year 2009 deliberations (my brother hadn't completed Uncharted 2 when the podcast was first released), I placed Chatterbox FM from GTA III, V-Rock from Vice City (has some good music along with more Lazlow), West Coast Talk Radio from San Andreas, and Integrity 2.0 from GTA IV on to my phone. It didn't take my brother long to realize what we were listening to.

None of the subsequent talk radio stations were as good as Chatterbox FM

We're about to take another road trip in September after he returns from Afghanistan and I'm trying to figure out what to do next.

Do you do anything in particular for long road trips, or do you just listen to the radio?

#2 Posted by VoshiNova (1752 posts) -

Chatterbox was the best!

It's kind of funny, but I do the exact same thing. I'm taking a road trip from California (san diego) to Austin, TX this weekend and downloaded all of the GTA IV talk stations. n_n small world

#3 Posted by believer258 (12186 posts) -

If I were to take a long road trip, I would just fill up an MP3 player with quite a variety of music and a handful of podcasts here and there.

#4 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

Well I don't drive, but when I go for long trips wit my family I just listen to bombcasts mixed with music.

#5 Posted by EuanDewar (5098 posts) -

I liked digital choc or whatever it was called cause it had a bangin track list

#6 Posted by DeeGee (2139 posts) -

Chatterbox was ridiculously short, after an hour in the game it had already started looping.

#7 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8606 posts) -

Audiobooks, podcasts and plenty of music.
 
Oh and wear comfy clothes and such, no need to be uncomfortable during such a trip.

#8 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

@VoshiNova: Nice!

@DeeGee: Yeah, that's why I was sure to put the other ones on too.

#9 Posted by MildlyPsycho (77 posts) -

I recommend going www.thisyearcollection.org . They put together huge chunks of best of podcasts (like 5-6 hours) and made my summer drive to northern Wisconsin fly by. There are great bombcast best ofs, but also classic hot spot shows with the guys and other collections.

#10 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

@MildlyPsycho: Awesome! I went ahead and bookmarked it. Thanks for the link!

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