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Live radio? Who listens to that in this age and day of podcasts and Spotify? Far more than those who remember the “Who listens to the radio?” song by The Sports.
In 2015, Nielsen mentioned that more than 91 percent of Americans remain loyal to everything between AM and FM. And if you remember the feel of turning the knob, head over to this cool experiment that uses an interactive globe to take you across a world filled with radio stations.
Radio Garden is a live online radio that makes many radio stations easily accessible with a turn of the globe. It uses the latest WebGL browser technology to create the virtual globe that looks like Google Earth. Just spin it and cross borders to listen to any radio station you want.
It is not only about discovering new stations and new songs. Apart from the Live section, there are three more links you should try.
History: Brings you historical recordings that may be culturally significant. For example, I went over to Radio Moscow and listened to the announcement on Valentina Tereshkova’s first space flight.
Jingles: A quick technology snippet on station identification.
Stories: Listen to people recollect how they experience the world with radio.
But I am sure you will keep coming back to the Live view because that’s where the action is. The site has gone viral and every day new stations are added to it. Twirling the globe is as much fun as turning the old dial.
Tune Into the World With Radio
Radio Garden is a project of The Transnational Radio Knowledge Platform which looks at the impact of radio on culture and communication. Radio was the internet of its day, and its influence continues to stay with us.
There are many online radio stations you can tune into with a click. But isn’t there something visually wonderful about spinning the globe and exploring another culture through its sounds? You might be surprised to learn that we are more alike than we care to admit. Give Radio Garden a quick spin.
What do you like listening to? Tell us about your favorite station in your part of the world. We are now just a spin away.