Life from Radio on Six Continents†
The time zone difference between a station and the Eastern U.S. is given because it returns a station’s local time, and that can be a good indicator of the current wherewithal of the broadcaster. Radio Siberia Overnight may not be all that listenable. The time an American spent on each station is rated with up to three clocks, they do not necessarily indicate quality of content.
- At night, Americans in the Northeast and Canadiens in the Southeast can listen in their car to 900 AM CHML. Or listen here EST +0:00, for another fine day in Canadien sport — even if the Habs lost. Hamilton, Ontario’s official broadcaster of the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger Cats (Ti-Cats). More than sports put into play though — national and international news as well.
- Since 1949, listener supported Pacifica Radio from Berkeley EST -3:00, California. Wednesday 8PM PST features Dead to the World (Laser Dead: install Winamp & run visualizations while they play). New York’s Pacifica affiliate EST +0:00 broadcasts the always informative and entertaining PC Radio Show on Wednesday between 9PM and 10PM EST. Great music Saturday night.
- For those that appreciate classical music’s phrasing and its harmonizing between parts, here is WQXR, FM 105.9 from Manhattan (click one of the seven buttons along the side — all for NPR stations — the WNYC-FM button plays variety programming from New York’s FM 93.9.) EST +0:00. Listen each week when a new podcast of Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing, is released.
- From the country renowned as an arbiter of taste and culture, comes NRJ, 147 channels, all free, direct from France, no layovers at Heathrow. Scroll across top and click “ÉCOUTER” to select one band from 147. 147 channels, because you have always demanded more from France, and now at last you have it. EST +6:00
- Jo’burg, South Africa — Listen Live or get into the groove here., Winter 2010 World Cup host; Africa, the cradle of civilization; and this is all native Charlize Theron listens to when she touches down there (Okay, that’s BS). Speaking of Charlize, did you know she has a daily, five-hour, beauty routine involving four specialists onsite with another Skyped-in from Tokyo? EST +7:00
- The Grateful Dead’s Touch of Grey, and Elton John’s Crocodile Rock can both be found on one radio station, The Coast, EST +1:30. A taste of Canada’s finest from St. John’s, Newfoundland, in the Canadian Maritimes, the Far East of the Western World. From the untainted land of the Grand Banks. If you’re wondering, here is the week’s weather for Saint John’s.
- Non-profit Canadian Broadcasting Corporation North from Whitehorse EST -2:00, the Yukon, one of the coldest places on earth. For some reason I could really go for eggs over, bacon, and hot biscuits right now. With French toast, and make that Canadian bacon please. There’s a little self indulgence for you (without lots of sugar). I could also go for CBC Music.
- Emma Stone, a friend near and dear to the Other Letter family of blogs, in an unannounced, unilateral partnership with Other Letter Radio, offers this listening suggestion, Radio Nova from Paris, France. Ms. Stone can sure pick ’em, she knows her music. She gave an Oscar-worthy performance in Birdman by the way. Emma, keep up the great work. EST +6:00.
- Here’s surprisingly good music from the non-commercial side of the dial. Live from New York, WFUV EST +0:00 plays from a radio format (or playlist) known as adult alternative. With a format similar to WFUV, KCRW broadcasts from Santa Monica, California EST -3:00.
- Billboard magazine writers like these stations, and I agree, they are a good listen. From: University of Washington, Seattle, KEXP EST -3:00; Emerson College in Boston, WERS EST -0:00; Portland State University, in Oregon, KPSU EST -3:00; Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, WSOU EST -0:00; University of Texas at Austin, KVRX EST -1:00.
Selections by Continent
Click continent below to display its selected radio stations.
The music never stopped on GDRadio.net. You can get hooked on this stuff. But it’s free, so who cares. And how much color did you need anyway? Eh, it’s not like that. Or say it is.
Based on popular consensus, the best Grateful Dead concert was this one, May 8th, 1977 at Barton Hall, Cornell University. They had just concluded studio sessions for Terrapin Station, and were considered their tightest as a band. Or so the story has always been told. Yet listen to this Dead Winterland show from 1/02/72. You might want to skip over the Bobby Weir and Pigpen songs to get to the meat of the lineup, Jerry Garcia, when he and his music still sounded great. Are the Dead’s hometown fans, the Ivy League’s Cornell in May, or San Francisco’s Winterland at New Year’s?
Benny Goodman Live at Carnegie Hall 1938 is the high water mark for the Swing - Jazz Era; it also included Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Gene Crupa, 26 all told. One critic even hailed it as the greatest pop or jazz concert ever. Two hour-long tracks, the second may better stand the test of time. Spirituals lushly harmonized — crank it up!!!
WWITV has a full list of international TV station links. Given the additional video component, the bandwidth might not keep up with the content. In other words, these may skip.
Tuned.mobi is more geared for PDAs, Palm Pilots, etc., yet can just as easily be used by machines with a larger footprint. This one has extensive coverage for English speaking radio.
This is a list of black internet broadcasters. You probably can try this locally, but it’s interesting to tune into other parts of the U.S.
This is also very comprehensive, with a nice user interface based on language and genre, listings worldwide.
This was originally the best, and free from M.I.T. But now it is only gratis for several searches.
I wouldn’t know what their business model could be to be able to fund this, but Reciva is the most comprehensive. It’s also a little tricky to navigate. Includes technical details for deep linking.