It's easy to use the Internet to listen to news, public affairs and entertainment programming from around the world - if you know how to find online radio stations. Here's how.
It's easy to use the Internet to listen to news, public affairs and entertainment programming from around the world. However, it can be a major, time consuming challenge to find the content, determining what's on, and then navigating to the proper link to open the audio stream.
The good news is that PublicRadioFan.Com can make the entire process simple and quick.
So exactly what is PublicRadioFan.Com?
First, it's a directory of several hundred "public radio" broadcasters located all over the world. Second, PublicRadioFan.Com is a programming guide that allows you to determine what's on any or all of these stations now or in the immediate future. Third, the site is a searchable database that offers you the chance to find stations and programming using several search criteria.
Let's look at the layout of the site and a few of the things you can do with it.
The first thing you'll want to do when visiting the site is to set the clock for your time zone. Doing this makes determining program times much easier.
In the left column, you'll find links to complete schedule grids. You're also offered an option to view grids with or without programs featuring music. Options to view grids with upcoming programs are available by clicking on the "Advanced Options" link.
The left column is also where you can find links to browse and search lists of programs and stations. Clicking the "Settings" link allows you to set-up a list of favorite stations and programs that will be visible in the right column.
The middle column is where you'll find a "condensed" program guide. You'll see the name of the station or broadcaster, the title of the program, and when the program begins and ends.
One of PublicRadioFan's most useful features is the ability to open the audio stream directly from this page by simply clicking on the station/broadcasters name. The small red button labeled with an "i" allows you to view a stations or programs complete schedule.
The right column is home to your favorite stations and programs list, links to the most recent newscasts from several broadcasters, and other relevant material.
PublicRadioFan.Com is the creation and work of MIT graduate Kevin Kelly. Kevin has built an impressive, useful and dare I say fun resource that demonstrates that the Internet is much more than static text and images. PublicRadioFan.Com is a "must have" tool for web users -- particularly those with an interest in monitoring events around the world and hearing various points of views.
A customizable web site that provides one-click access to public radio programming from around the world.
A searchable database of over 10,000 radio station web pages and 2,500 audio streams. This directory was formerly called the MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet.
View segments from local television newscasts on your computer. A searchable database of current stories is available.
NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.