Internet Radio and more – A Class Act
Internet media sources have most certainly come into their own in the past few years. Below are links to several Web Radio stations that provide well thought out alternatives to the daily dose of FM Radio. Depending on your setup, they provide superior stereo reception with either no commercials at all, or minimal commercials to support their existence. Most Internet Radio stations can be streamed to your PC or TV through a variety of devices. Your PC of course can simply connect to the sites, they can also be accessed through devices such as newer generation DVD or Blu Ray players, gaming consoles such as the XBox One, the Sony Play Station 4, Apple TV, or a small footprint device from ROKU (roku.com) that will provide high quality movies, TV and streaming radio. Depending on your personal preferences, all of these methods provide a wide variety of choices for movies and TV shows, custom channels and radio. Some of them are full 1080P video, and more of them are moving up each day. This changes all the time however, as companies seem to come out with new things almost daily.
Let’s begin with my favorite, although they all have unique and varied formats to offer:
is a well thought out collection of “eclectic, intelligent rock”, both old and new. Notes from Bill Goldsmith:
Radio Paradise is located in Paradise, California (hence the name…). Paradise is a peaceful little town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, far from the stress & turmoil of Silly-cone Valley and La-La Land. Hopefully we’ll help to bring a little Paradise into your life, wherever you’re located.
The station is run using an innovative programming automation system designed by Radio Paradise’s Bill Goldsmith. The actual music server is located in Santa Cruz, California, and can be remotely controlled from our Paradise studio or from anywhere else in the world via a laptop.
RP audio servers are located in Vienna, Virginia (64kb & 128kb) and San Jose, California (32kb & 16kb). They all feature high-speed redundant Internet connections to keep the music flowing smoothly.
NOTE: Radio Paradise has a great stream channel on ROKU that provides a slide show of excellent photos to accompany the music.
Pandora is coming of age. You can create your own playlists with a free account, and there are additional features available with a paid account if you find those valuable to you. I don’t personally have a paid account here, I stream the free stuff to my TV through several different devices. My only “complaint” is the lack of in-depth customization to the playlists, but I’m sure that will change in the future. For now though, it keeps me from getting the paid version and I’m having fun playing with the free account.
Radio IO: Eclectic Adult Album Alternative with specialty streams highlighting the 70’s, 80’s, Acoustical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Classical, etc. Listen for free with 20K Mono bandwidth. Subscription required to listen to higher stereo bandwidths at varying stream levels.
What is KPIG?
“We’re an anachronism – a throwback to the days when real DJs picked out the music, and listeners expected something more from a radio station than just a couple of hundred songs repeated over and over, with some “big voice” guy yelling about how great it all is. We’re also – to the amazement of all of the radio “professionals” who make the rules we thumb our noses at – very successful, though we try not to let it go to our heads.”
“KPIG is located in Freedom, California – near Santa Cruz – and radiates a mighty 2,850 watts from a knoll (bare – not grassy) in scenic Prunetucky-by-the-Slough. We broadcast at 107.5 FM – and in spite of having perhaps the worst signal in the area, we’re frequently rated #1 in our market (in Adults 25-54).”
- Raleigh / Durham
All Classical Music – All of the time.