I Love Listening To Online Radio Stations

When I was young, I wanted to be radio announcer. I was particularly interested in the technical aspects of radio, such as how radio stations worked, and I thought that being a radio announcer would the ultimate job.

I vaguely remember that when I was ten years old, I did some school homework on a subject that escapes me. One of my answers on the homework sheet was “I would love a radio that can pick up any radio station in the world.” And I really would have loved such a radio. However, this was in the mid-1980s. I was aware of shortwave radio, but I knew that a device, such as a small portable radio, that could pick up any AM or FM radio station in the world would be a mere dream.

Little did I know that a few years later, this thing called the “Internet” would become popular. Little did I know that radio stations all of the world would be setting up web sites and broadcasting their stations online.

And then along came smartphones. These small palm-sized phones were capable of accessing the Internet and playing the audio streams. My dream of having a radio that could pick up any radio station in the world didn’t quite come true in the way that I imagined, but we have got something very close. And the audio quality from the online stream is often a lot better than what I would get on a radio.

One of the main benefits of listening to stations online is being able to take advantage of time zones. I often don’t have time to listen to local breakfast shows or drive shows as I am usually busy getting ready for work or coming home. However, once I am at work, I can put some headphones into my smartphone and bring up an Australian radio station. As Sydney is two hours behind, I can catch their breakfast shows and get my daily dose of humour.

In the evenings, I have the choice of listening to either an Australian drive show or a UK breakfast/morning show.

The Internet is a wonderful thing that allows us to do what we want, when we want to.