Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Richard Cuff, for sharing the following article from TwinCities.com. The following is an excerpt:
Twin Cities developer creates ‘shortwave radio’ app for world news
By Julio Ojeda-Zapata
Smartphone users have no shortage of radio-style apps that will stream news-and-information programming to them over the Internet.
But app developers are always in search of niches within well-populated app categories, and Twin Cities resident Steven Clift thinks he’s found one.
He’s released an app called 1 Radio News that provides news-related audio from around the world for English speakers who are eager to keep up on the latest global happenings.
But, unlike other such apps like TuneIn Radio and iHeartRadio that are crammed with hundreds or thousands of audio sources, 1 Radio News aggressively culls options to just a few dozen.
[…]Clift is known in local Internet circles as the executive director of E-Democracy.org, a network of neighborhood forums that also has served as an election-information site. This is Clift’s first foray into app publishing.
[…]Clift’s app is no Android blockbuster yet, but he said he’s seen interest from all over the world — notably of late from unexpected locales like Malaysia, Nigeria and Pakistan.
For Clift, the app is in a way the realization of a childhood dream. When he was growing up in Winona, Minn., the geography where he lived made TV reception problematic. But he had little trouble pulling in short-wave radio signals from around the world.
Now, his app “turns a phone into a global short-wave radio filled with high-quality news sources from all over the world,” he said.
Read the full article on TwinCities.com.