Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Live radio stations, worldwide and free!

I discovered an excellent and useful website called Radio Garden. When you go to the site and click to start it working, you're presented with a global map, similar to Google's Earth. However, this map has little blue dots that represent radio stations all over the globe. You can even search for a radio station by call letters or geography. The site is free and it's also available as an "app" for your Android or iPhone. I've been listening to radio stations in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Norway and on the north shore of Lake Superior. Grand Marais and Ely, Minnesota, stations are available.

Their site information tells us the Radio Garden was originally commissioned in 2016 by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vison. The website is based in Amsterdam.

Although the site is free - and I haven't been hit up for any kind of premium membership - the phone app does have some of Radio Garden's own commercial messages. However, you can eliminate those by contributing $2.50 monthly, according to their site information. Because I listen mostly on my PC while I work or browse, I haven't opted for the commercial-free membership on my Android phone. The membership won't eliminate commercials on the live radio stations, those are part of each's station's broadcasting schedule, but it would cut-out any of Radio Garden's own pitches.

This is a site worth checking out and, perhaps, supporting financially. So far, I've seen no negatives by using it. If you do, please let me know and also would appreciate knowing how you like it. Send me a email and I'll share your comment on this blog.  I have a link on my "favorites list" on the left side of the screen, but you can also get there by clicking here.