Discover The World With Our Guide To The Best Of Free Online Radio

One of the best things about the internet today is the sheer amount of really excellent free online radio stations you can find out there. In fact, it can be overwhelming, with the world worth of radio programming to choose from, where do you begin?
I’ve outlined some excellent places to look for online free radio including Radio Garden and Tune in. Here you can browse radio stations from around the world and discover amazing radio for yourself! I’ve also listed some excellent free radio stations online that I’ve discovered for myself over the years. Enjoy!

Radio.Garden

This interactive online free radio site was created by Studio Puckey and Moniker from Amsterdam. They were approached by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and vision to create a project about radio which crosses the human borders of language and country.

Radio Garden is one of my happiest discoveries of the last year and one of the best online free radio websites. It’s an interactive site where you can explore different radio stations from around the world as they broadcast live.

How it works is you have a map of the world, a bit like Google Earth but in your browser. Using your mouse, you can rotate the planet and scroll over different areas in the world.

The little green dots on the map show the physical location of different radio stations from around the world.

There is something magical about putting on your headphones and exploring Europe in radio stations from the comfort of your home.

You may remember a time before digital radio where you would hear the pop and crackle of white noise scrolling between stations on your tuner. On the hunt for something you wanted to listen to you might pass by pop tunes, classical, jazz and talk radio. This site brings back that feeling.

I use Radio Garden sometimes when I’m working at my computer, and I want something to listen to, but I can’t decide what. Moving to the big cities like London, New York or L.A can give you a fantastic selection of weird and wonderful radio stations to choose from. My favourite discovery so far has been Rockabilly Radio from LA.

Lot’s of radio stations in Radio Garden reflect the country or region they originate from, giving you a heady feeling of travelling to exotic places. I love it!

TuneIn.com

TuneIn is a lovely app that allows you to enjoy online free radio wherever you are. You can search the globe for free online radio by genre, station type, call sign or location and begin listening immediately.

This free mobile app is available on all platforms including iPhone, Blackberry, WebOS, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone and Android.

The pro version is only $1 and allows you to record and pause live radio, rewind and play back.

TuneIn offers the real radio experience on your phone without the AM/FM tuner.

Somafm.com

Soma has been broadcasting the best in alternative and electronic music for the last 17 years or so. Over that time this excellent online free radio station has built up a fantastic following. It’s completely listener and user supported meaning that no adverts will play. This makes for a fantastic listening experience free from annoying distractions. It’s a station you can immerse yourself in.

KEXP.org

KEXP from Seattle is consistently rated as one of the best music stations in America.  They champion all sorts of interesting music, and it is a great place to discover what is new. It’s one of my favourite online free radio stations, not just for their regular shows, but also because of some of the live performances they record and broadcast. I also recommend following their YouTube channel where you can watch videos of the live performances they’ve had in their studio.

NPR.org

NPR is one of the most famous public radio platforms in the USA. They are supported fully through listener donations, so can bring intelligent enriching journalism and stories to their listeners.

WFMU.org

WFMU is another online radio station that is all over the place in the best way possible. The DJ’s they have there are knowledgeable and passionate. Tune in to hear some eclectic and well-sourced mixes.

BerlinCommunityRadio.com

Berlin Community Radio is one of the best free online radio stations for getting a look into the interesting world of the “creative scene” in Berlin. There are over 100 shows here covering a wide variety of eclectic topics including music across a broad range of genres, literature readings, culture and the arts.

CKUT.ca

CKUT is the home of the radio show WeFunk that broadcasts addictive funk, hip-hop and soul live from Montreal every Friday night. This is a great free online radio station for lovers of soul music.

They also cater to a wide range of tastes throughout the week with fine programming in punk, folk, heavy metal and jazz. A bit of everything!

Dip in now and see what’s on.

Verdict

The internet is teeming with excellent free radio options. Hopefully, today’s post gives you somewhere to begin. I particularly recommend checking out Radio Garden and TuneIn. Two excellent places where you can discover excellent radio stations from around the world for yourself.

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