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Radio Garden

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Jesmond12, Apr 5, 2020.

  1. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    I posted about this yesterday on a thread but I thought that I would bring it to a wider audience.

    The green dots on this website are radio stations from around the world. Just click on a green dot and you can listen.

    I have just gone from listening to one in Haiti to one in the Seychelles.

  2. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    This is brilliant. Thank you so much.
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  3. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    This is great. Listening to Howlin' Country from Montreal. You can also save ones you like in your favourites.
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  5. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Liked it yesterday too, thank you for the re-post. Such fun.
    Last month Virgin Media services mysteriously decided to remove several of the Asian radio networks from our package, so it's refreshing to see them with their own online green dot instead.
    And I've just discovered that Belgian radio is boring too.

    But also with a shout out for the multiple thousands of stations in China and Russia and the central states which do not appear.
    (But we could have guessed that.)
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2020
  6. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I'm busily saving some Netherlands news channels.
  7. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    I was listening to Radio Scilly on this yesterday and saw I still had the tab open, so wondered what they were broadcasting today. The adverts were playing and one in particular told me there are all sorts of business opportunities out there if you seek them out.

    The advert was from a company that can provide Scilly Islanders with all the technology you'd find on the mainland, along with specialists who can set it up and maintain it. I expect there are people who do this sort of stuff for islands all over the world and earn a fortune from it.

    It's not the first thing that comes to mind when you think what else you could be doing, is it? Yet it's an obvious opportunity when you think about it.
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  8. friedgreentomatoes

    friedgreentomatoes Star commenter

    This is great, thank you for sharing it!
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  9. bajan

    bajan Occasional commenter

    Thank you for posting this link. Brilliant.
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  10. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Since it's been possible to listen to radio via the Internet, albeit via podcasts of programmes that were broadcast, I've found it a brilliant way of finding out what foreigners are really like. I've often listened to podcasts on NPR, which is a bit like a Yankee version of R4 but without the Archers. In fact, R4 occasionally broadcast them. What I've discovered from those programmes is that there actually are normal people living in the USA as well as the fruitcakes and rednecks, so frequently depicted in other media.

    I expect most of the stations available on Radio Garden will be commercial radio similar to our commercial radio stations and playing similar content, but if you manage to locate any serious broadcasters, you can get a better picture of what the rest of the world is really like than is possible from news broadcasts, which invariably only show the rest of the world in crisis situations.
  11. Jamvic

    Jamvic Star commenter

    Amazing! I love this. Thank you so much. I’ll be playing with this all day now. Have added it to my phone’s homepage.
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  12. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I will be listening to "The voice of the Steelers" when the American football season starts.
  13. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Dave Simms?
  14. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Love that. Listening to Italian radio. It's c r a p:)
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  15. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Thank you, @Jesmond12

    And for so many years I purchased the WRTH!!
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    magic surf bus Star commenter

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  17. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

  18. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

  19. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    This is very much like giving an answer to Freddie Mercury when he asked in Radio Gaga "Radio, what's new? Someone still loves you." It's a shame he didn't live to enjoy it. I lost interest in television about 20 years ago and have found there's far more entertainment to be found on the wireless and Internet.

    The cost of making TV programmes and the inability of TV to compete with the likes of Netflix for audiences has reduced the quality of output, but radio doesn't carry the same cost and provides a platform for so much more talent to get a look in.

    Radio Garden has the same capacity that youtube has for allowing talented people to be heard. Yes I know that youtube is 90% dross, but in the 10% that isn't, there are some real gems to be found, expressing ideas and knowlege that would never make it into mainstream media.

    Maybe in time, they will do the youtube thing of linking stations you like to other with similar content to try out. As a kid, when the telly packed up on a Sunday night, I dug out one of these that was in the back of a cupboard.


    It's a Vidor portable valve radio. Unlike the wireless in the radiogram we had, it didn't tell you where to find Hilversum or the BBC Light or Home Service. You had to twiddle the tuning **** and see what you could find. It was serendipity that I came across the first episode of ISIRTA that evening and was able to join in a discussion about at school the next day. How it became the foundation of why friendships were formed at the time is part of my history.

    Elsewhere on the planet, similar things happened thanks to radio. Joe Frank was a legendary radio producer who acquired a cult following across the pond. Probably in a similar way that Kenny Everett did, but Joe Frank had an entirely different style.

    We know that Kenny Everett didn't survive long on TV, despite how much he was loved on the wireless and Joe Frank's style wouldn't work on TV because it would require a budget so big, it would never be entertained.

    But it was possible on the wireless and thank goodness that these and all the other programmes we have been entertained with over our lifetimes were able to be heard over the wireless.

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