Back in the late 1960s, when I was a little girl, the only form of home entertainment was the radio and black & white tv. In those days, there was only one tv channel in Cyprus - CyBC (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation). The programme, however, started at 7:00 pm and ended at 11:00 pm. Of course I loved tv then! But I was only allowed to watch it for about an hour on school nights and 2 hours at the weekend or on school holidays. I still remember the long arguments with my parents who wouldn't let me watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents! So, in my free time then, I'd listen to the one and only radio station of the 60s - the CyBC - and, if I was lucky, to some English stations of the time. We had an old radio then.
In the early 70s that old radio gave way to transistors. I was so excited when I got a transistor radio for a birthday present in 1970! I couldn't believe I could carry MY radio anywhere. In the meantime, I also enjoyed my first portable vinyl player. But I had to buy records to use it, so the radio still remained my second best form of home entertainment after the telly!
Despite the advances of technology today, I still listen to the radio online, at home or in the car. I also enjoy listening to my CDs as an alternative. But considering that I never download music for free from the Internet - it's illegal after all - I can listen to the same CDs over and over again. Listening to the radio is certainly the cheapest form of entertainment as CDs or downloading music from the Internet cost quite a lot these days. I no longer enjoy watching tv despite the wide range of tv channels nowadays.