To anyone born after the Internet went mainstream, I would like to introduce to you an amazing invention that we PreNets (Pre-Internets — what I call anyone born before the Internet age) used when listening to music or the news.
It is an amazing device but it had its limitations though. You couldn’t decide the music — it decided for you. And the radio decided what news was the most important. Yes, I know. Medieval concepts.
But the radio stations have thrived online, there are portable radio apps, radio smartphone apps, and there are sites which bring you radio from all over the world, bringing a bit of international flavour into your life. Here are 5 of them.
Radio.com seems to be solely confined to the US, which is a pity, considering its cool URL. You would think that a site called radio.com would have an international angle to it.
At the top, you can filter by genre or location. So if you want some good Gospel music to make your day, then this is the site to get it.
Streema is much better in my opinion, because it does have international stations. In fact, it even found the small station in the town where I live, here in Germany.
When you have found the station you want, a pop-up window opens with the radio player. In some cases, you may need to download Silverlight to make the player work.
As the name says, this one is solely confined to New York, but it appealed to me in some way. Which is why I included it. There’s something about New York radio that makes it always enjoyable to listen to, no matter where you are based.
This one is for all you sports fans out there (which doesn’t include me unfortunately). Tune in to get the latest on the NFL, the NBA, NASCAR, and much more.
If you click on a menu at the top of the screen, you can also be taken to ESPN in the United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Live Radio is a site with a nice selection of sites worldwide. First you choose the continent, then you click on the country on the map, then it gives you what it has, which sometimes is not much. But sometimes you hit the motherlode. Brazil’s stations for example had me shaking my booty all around the apartment.
One slight downside is that some live feeds are not working, but if you go to the station’s direct link, it seems to work from there.
So mark today in your calendar. This is the day you were told about a wonderful antique device called the radio. If any of you oldies know about the best radio sources, stick them in the comments section below.
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