Radio garden a new concept of radio directory, allows you to explore live internet streams of radio stations across the world by navigating a Google Earth-style globe interface. Note the cool domain name

radio garden

From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, as well as re-connecting with people from ‘home’ from thousands of km away – or using local community radio to make and enrich new homes.

Personaly, I can spen lot of time traveling from country to country, from city to city listening different kind of radio station. You can learn languages by listening new language or just simply listen to music from all over the world. I just noticed that in some country there is very few radio stations like in Africa for exemple.

In addition to the live streaming feature, it also lets you listen to historical radio broadcasts and a selection of jingles and station identifiers from around the world. Try Radio Garden for yourself here.

Is AM Radio Dead ?

The national radio station in France, France Inter, is closing their LW transmitter next year, saving a claimed $15 million. BBC Radio has given notice that they plan to close BBC Radio 4’s LW transmitter when the remaining valves – they have less than ten – burn out.

In the Netherlands last week, explosives brought down the last AM mast at Lopik, a radio transmitter that until last year broadcast public and commercial radio. Other AM masts have also been closed in the country. The NPO, the public service broadcaster, claims that savings for them alone are $1.3 million a year.

France Bleu and France Info, two more French public service radio stations, are closing over ten AM frequencies in the next twelve months. In 2012, the Irish broadcaster RTÉ closed its last AM transmitter, and plans to close its own long wave transmitter in 2017.

In Germany, the public service broadcaster there is closing their AM transmitters. Russia has recently closed their LW broadcasts. In many of the Nordic countries, AM was switched off years ago. The BBC is slowly closing AM repeaters for their local radio stations, and closed a big AM transmitter for the BBC World Service in 2011. Commercial radio in the UK mostly broadcasts DJ-less jukebox services or foreign language broadcasts on AM, and has handed AM licenses back in the past.

But AM still have a future

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