Radios and Taxi Cabs

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Do you remember when riding in a cab in New York often included either an interesting conversation with the driver or a pleasant  listening experience via the car radio? These days it seems to be all about passengers on cellphones and the video screen on the back of the front seat that starts doing its thing the minute the ride begins--whether you like it or not!

Wouldn’t it be great if we could find our way back to listening to the radio in cabs? I once had a driver who told me that he actually got better tips when he played WQXR in his cab because the riders were more relaxed and happy. At the very least, there should be a button near the video screen that allows us the choice, right?