Radio.garden is an amazing and fun discovery, perfect for infinite distraction during life in quarantine. (James Vincent in The Verge calls it “Google Earth for Radio.”) Here’s a list of just some discoveries I’ve made while mining that Earth with Shazam open on my phone:
- CIAU/103.1 in … not sure where this is, except in the vast nowhere east of Hudson Bay. Just played Rock’n Me, by Steve Miller. Now it’s Light my fire by the Doors.
- Chanso Du Berceau, by Georg Gabler on (can’t say, it’s in Cyrillic), in Plotina, Russia.
- Magic, by One Direction, on FM Trölli, somewhere in Iceland.
- No More sad Songs, by Little Mix Feat. Machine Gun Kelly on Ice FM, Nuuk, Greenland.
- Espère, by Joe Bel, on CFRT/107.3 in Iqaluit, Nunavuk.
- Everything played on CJUC/92.5, Community Radio in Whitehorse, Yukon. My fave by far. Just put it on my Sonos.
- If I can’t Have You, by Etta James, and now Got My Mojo Working, by Muddy Waters on kohala Radio.
- KNKR/96.1 on the Big Island somewhere. Also liking Kaua’i Community Radio KKCR/90.9 in Hanalei. Alas, Shazam knows nothing they play, it seems.
- Another thing Shazam doesn’t know, on Radio Kiribati AM 1440 in Tarawa.
- Walking on a Dream, by Empire of the Sun, on Cruize FM 105.2 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
- Some kind of bottleneck slide guitar, with a guy playing “My baby says she loves me.” On Spellbound Radio FM 106.8 in Gisbourne, NZ. Followed by Ry Cooder’s One Meatball.
- And, if you want to sleep, dig SleepRadio. Sounds a lot like Hearts of Space.
- One Fine Day, by the Chiffons on 101.5 Moreton Bay’s Own, Moreton Bay, Australia.
- Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree by Dawn, followed by Woo Hoo, by the Rock-aTeens, on 88.9 Richmond Valley Radio, Far North Coast, New South Wales, Australia.
- You Got To Me, by the Wolfe Brothers, on Ten FM in Tenterfield, Australia
- Liar Cry, by Pigram Brothers on 2Cuz FM 107.7 in Bourke, running 99fm, in Brisbane I think.
- Winds of Change by Airborne, on The Lounge FM 106.3 in Port Douglas, Australia.
- Adies Meres Adies Nihtes, by Christina Maragozi, on Radio Vereniki 89.5 lerapetra, Crete.
- Per Tu (Joan), by Amadeu Casas, on Formentera Ràdio, El Pilar de la Mola, Spain.
- Eu Gosto De Ti, by Elas, on Rádio Graciosa FM 107.9, Santa Cruz Da Graciosa, Azores.
- Hm. I had some from South America and then WWOZ in New Orleans, but those disappeared. Grr.
- Souly Creole, by Joe Sample, on The Jazz Groove in San Francisco.
- Nothing Else Mattrs, by Metallica, on Radio 1 100.0 in Papa’ete, Tahiti.
- Some Girls, b Racey, on 88 FM in Avarua Distrct, Cook Islands. The voices are clearly from Australia.
- I know you, by Craig David Feat. Basille, on Отличное Радио in Birobidzhan, Russia.
- I remember, by Claude Diniel, from Radio Trassa, Blagoveshchensk, Russia.
- So Good to Me (Extended Mix), by Chris Malinchak, on Radio STV in Yatusk, Russia.
- Tusi Sam, by Mari Kraymbreri, on Radio Sigma in Novy Urengoy, Russia
- Одинокая Луна by Артём Качер on Sever FM in Naryan-Mar, Russia. Followed by If I’m Lucky, by Jeson Derulo.
- I wanna Sex You Up, by Color Me Badd, on SAMS in Jamestown, Saint Helena.
- I Go Alone, by Stephen clair and the Pushbacks, on Jive Radio KJIV Madras Oregon.
- Jungle Love, by the Stever Miller Band, on WOYS FM 100.5 Oyster Radio, Apalachicola FL, United States (This follows a very long invitation to please not visit “the forgotten coast” now, because everything is closed.)
- Angie McMahon on KMXT-FM 100.1, Kodiak AK, United States, playing NPR’s World Café
Everything through #21 was on Monday, April 13, during which I learned some things, such as copying and pasting station names and locations from the lower right panel there. The rest were listed today, a few minutes before I posted this.
Most of the stations here are in very very outlying places, which are easiest to find and grab.
I could go on (it’s very tempting… for example noting now much English-language music is all over extremely rural Russian radio). I could also go back and stick some links in there. But I’ll leave the rest up to you. Have fun.
And big thanks to @ccarfi, who turned me on to this thing.