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From my tour of an FM station. What you are hearing is heavilly, heavilly processed. Not just by the station, but also by your own radio. Songs will be hissy, or you will only get part of it if it wasn't there.

Like 99.9% of stations are also going to add a dynamic compressor to their mix. And 99.9% of the time it is going to be configured to effectively make everything louder by making all the sound as close to clipping as they can. They also do some fanciness to pull up the quiet sounds and make them louder (forgot what this dsp was called).

When you listen to song you know. Note the relatively quiet parts from your radio, and compare it with a better copy (spotify, iTunes, cd, etc...). There will be a massive difference.

Now XM. Actually does the exact same thing, just not to the same degree.
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