It's an interesting situation, we have the radio on in our workshop, there only a couple of us there at the moment, but we are expecting to employ more engineers in the very near future, I wonder how that leaves us? Also I think it's a bit self defeating as listening to the radio you hear songs on the radio that you later might want to buy, I've purchased tracks that way after hearing them on the radio, without the radio, no record sales.
Also I'm concerned about the phone calls, that's not a very professional way to contact people, it could be anyone calling, I think I would have probably put the phone down on them after telling them to write to me if they are who they say they are.
In my last job we had four or five radios playing different stations around the workplace. We weren't allowed to use our own pre-recorded music, because the management reckoned it would just cause a load of arguments over which CD/cassette should be played.
No way the management there would have forked out cash for a licence, and it would have been (even more!) miserable without any background music.
I've just had a thought, can I get the numbskull who plays their iPod so loud the whole train carriage can hear it prosecuted by the copyright police? They are broadcasting it to the public, no? Thought not.
I worked with one other in a workshop at the back of the firm. He had Radio One on all day[Not my scene at all] but as with other sounds and smells I soon learned to 'Tune Out' When ever he was away I left the radio off- the occasional visitor to the 'shop' used to asked where the sounds were- and some would walk in and timply turn the radio on - almost as if they had walked into a cold room and turned the heating up. I resorted to then locking it away. I suspect the 'others' thought I was some sort of 'wierdo' for liking a little bit of quiet.