Community-sponsored, public, and student radio stations with Internet streams allow you to tune-in to regional programming and take a glimpse at local music scenes from around the United States. Although you still encounter the seasonal pledge drives, public service announcements, and an occasional awkward silence, it's a small price to pay for the convenience of free streaming American music. Here are some of my personal favorites radio stations:
WWOZ New Orleans - where it all begins, even the lengthy music calendar is must-hear programming.
CHIRP Chicago - Internet-based station that plans to launch a terrestrial signal in 2016.
WORT Madison - the heart and soul of Madison music for over 40 years.
KKCR Kaua`i - America's very own tropical island sounds.
"The Current" Minneapolis - the perfect soundtrack for a summer bike ride or tending to the winter fire.
KEXP Seattle - even the rain can't stop, won't stop the rock.
WDCB Chicago - jazz, blues, folk, and roots from the city of the big shoulders.
WSUM Madison - I used to tune in for the Friday morning funk.
WNUR Chicago - there's always something weird playing here.
WLUW Chicago - Latin, reggae, and indie rock share this frequency.
WIDR Kalamazoo - even the automated programming regularly plays The Flaming Lips.
KVRX Austin - I once heard a program that featured the music that's been sampled by the Beastie Boys. Austin loves the Beastie Boys.
What are your favorite streaming radio stations?