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Filed under 'radio'

November 4, 2008

On The Hour

The iconic BBC radio series (which gave way to The Day Today) finally gets a full CD release (including bonus material, such as Chris Morris’s fantastic flexidisc for Select Magazine). Subscribe to the podcast for snippets of genius.

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May 3, 2008


Schulze & Webb’s hardware prototype of a socially-networked open-source digital radio. Some excellent ideas for internet-enabled physical objects in the pamphlet.

August 20, 2007

BBC Olinda digital radio: Social hardware

Schulze & Webb are working on an open, social digital-radio-plus-wifi prototype for the BBC. Fascinating the way they hope to apply “open source” to hardware design.

August 3, 2007

meemix: Internet radio that gets you

Best online radio station I’ve played with in a while. Definitely a step-above Pandora — Meemix has a social edge Pandora lacks — and the “Pulse” control is nice too.

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March 14, 2007


New webradio service a la Pandora, but with plans to create desktop, portable and car music players that integrate with the service.

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September 19, 2006

It’s Like a Podcast, Only Delivered Wirelessly.

Earlier this evening, I wanted to listen to my local NPR station to hear the results of today’s gubernatorial primary in Massachusetts.

So I grabbed my laptop, went to wbur.org, clicked through to the “Listen Live’ page, copied the link to their online stream to my clipboard, went to my Squeezebox control web page, selected “Radio Tune In”, pasted in the WBUR streaming URL, and hit Listen. Simple!

And as the LED display in the room lit up with “WBUR 90.9 FM, BOSTON”, it occurred to me belatedly that the RhymesWithNose sound system in my living room has an FM radio built-in.

This FM thing could really take off, you know.

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August 15, 2006

yes.com visualization

See what’s playing on radio stations across the USA, in realtime.

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April 26, 2006

hackdiary: Last.fm isn't just for humans

Matt Biddulph scripted an AudioScrobbler profile containing a live feed of the music played on the BBC 6Music radio station.

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BBC Programme Catalogue

The BBC Archives database has been put online in an searchable and hyperlinked format. How long until the archives are web-accessible too?

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April 7, 2006

BBC Radio 4 -The Now Show

Auntie releases a Radio 4 comedy show for MP3 download & podcast. Hurrah! If they do this with the next series of Just a Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, I’m going to be a happy camper indeed.

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November 15, 2005

XM Satellite Radio on DirecTV

You can now get XM stations on DirecTV (replacing the old MusicChoice channels). I particularly recommend “Lucy” (alternative greatest hits) and “Ethel” (current alternative music) on channels 838 and 834.

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April 19, 2005



Rather nattily, the display on my XM radio shows the Sox score, so I can keep track of the game while driving, whilst listening to music on my iPod.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.