Radio Garden Lets You Listen To Any Radio Station In The World
Radio Garden is an absolutely amazing website, it is a sort of Google Earth for radio stations and it lets you explore the world and listen to any local radio station. Since this is happening in real-time, you will be able to listen to whatever the said radio is broadcasting.
Radio stations are represented by green spots on the map, which increase in size as the region’s number of broadcasters available. You can surf the globe and point a circle over any region and see what comes up in your player on the bottom left of the screen. The name of the radio, as well as its location, shows up and you can listen to music broadcasted on a radio located in Sweden, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, or anywhere in the world. You can zoom in and out, and if you zoom in to the maximum, to make your research easier, you will even get a closeup of the location of the signal.
On the left, a list of ‘Picks from the area’ is indicating all the stations of any region, wherever you are, and you can switch to any radio you want… I am currently surfing the earth above New Delhi, India, and they are offering me 11 stations. However, it’s quite astonishing to see the discrepancies between countries, some regions are extremely dense whereas others barely have any signal. As expected, it’s completely silent above North Korea and very dense above North Europe. Above Brussels, Belgium, 51 stations are offered, above London UK, you can choose between 387 stations, talk about choices! But the density in the European regions may be explained by the fact that Radio Garden is a non-profit Dutch radio and digital research project developed by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the Transnational Radio Knowledge Platform, and five other European universities. Interestingly it was funded by HERA, a particle accelerator located in Hamburg.
If you find a radio station that you like, you can favorite it so you can easily find it next time you visit the site, and if you know the name of a particular station, you can type the name in the search bar and you will be able to listen to it right away. Typing the name of a country or a city will also return all the stations available at the specific location… Havana, Cuba has returned 11 stations, and Rome, Italy has returned 105 stations. Of course, the site is available as an app for your phone, just search for Radio Garden in the application store. It’s truly exciting to explore stations located on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific or any of the 116 stations available in Moscow, Russia… the possibilities are obviously endless.