Radio Garden: An addictive way to scan online radio stations

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributors David and Monti who share a link to Radio Garden, a new web-based interface for exploring online radio stations across the globe.

[…]Radio Garden, which launched today, is a similar concept—a way to know humanity through its sounds, through its music. It’s an interactive map that lets you tune into any one of thousands of radio stations all over the world in real time. Exploring the site is both immersive and a bit disorienting—it offers the sense of lurking near Earth as an outsider. In an instant, you can click to any dot on the map and hear what’s playing on the radio there, from Miami to Lahore to Berlin to Sulaymaniyah and beyond.

The project, created for the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision by the interactive design firms Studio Puckey and Moniker, was built using an open-source WebGL globe that draws from thousands of radio stations—terrestrial and online-only streams—overlaid with Bing satellite imagery.

The result is the best kind of internet rabbit hole: Engrossing, perspective shifting, provocative, and delightful. […]

Read the full article at The Atlantic.

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7 thoughts on “Radio Garden: An addictive way to scan online radio stations

  1. Max

    Coming from remote New Zealand, this a dream for me. Our whole country has a population of nearly 5 million, and limited radio options, so being able to hear the rest of the world is really great Thanks David & Monti

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  2. Rich

    I found the same thing. A station show local to me on the map was actually in VT when I’m in DE. That said still a great feature. Would be really neat to have the same thing for the on wide band SDR receivers.

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  3. Jon

    Pretty interesting, though I noticed some incorrect locations. For example, they show “Star 107” as being in McMinnville, OR, but it’s actually in McMinnville, TN.

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    1. Jon

      …in fact, there are many of these incorrect locations, at least for US-based stations. They appear to be ignoring the state, and only looking at the city. That’s a problem for many places, such as Portland (OR and ME) which are a few thousand miles away from each other.

      So, neat project, just not even close to accurate.

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