If you’ve never listened to the radio online, then there is no better time to get started than today. Online radio is completely changing the way people listen to talk radio and to music. Traditional radio has been in widespread use since the early 1920’s. It’s nearly 100 years old! Listening to traditional radio is akin to using a horse and wagon to commute to work. If you aren’t already listening to online radio, then you are probably getting left behind. So why should you switch to online radio? Here are a few reasons.
1. Online Radio Has More First-Hand News
Have you ever gotten the sense that there was something missing when your local news radio station reported something happening on the other side of the country or in another nation? They probably tried to cover up their inadequate knowledge by making some sort of one-liner joke, and then they transitioned into another boring report of a convenience store that got robbed. With online radio, you could have been listening to the actual first-hand reports as they occurred.
2. Hear New Music First
Top 40 music is great – if you like listening to the same 40 songs over and over again. With online radio, you have the potential to listen to new music as often as you wish. The best part is that you get to interact with the radio in a way you never could with traditional radio. If you don’t like a particular song, you can tell it so. If a particular song really catches your fancy, you can indicate that. Over time, your online radio experience will grow better and better. It will be able to deliver new music to you with a high probability that you’ll like it because it already knows your likes and dislikes. It’s like a Disk Jockey that actually listens and cares about you.
3. Super Niches: Whatever You Like, It’s Online
You can listen to whatever you want on mainstream radio – as long as you want mainstream country, soft rock, rap, or Top 40. Okay, maybe there’s a few more stations than this, but not THAT many more. What if you’re in the mood for classical music mixed with heavy metal? Or maybe you want some jazz mixed with rap? If you can dream it up, then the chances are good that someone else already has. Where can you find it? On Internet radio.
4. Learn About New Cultures Through Radio
Why are you limiting yourself to standard Western Pop music? There is an entire world out there for you to explore. Some of the African percussion music will knock your socks off. The music of India is intriguing, and the Japanese know how to produce some of the catchiest bubblegum Pop you’ll ever hear. If you’re only listening to the music produced within your own country, then you are seriously limiting yourself. You’ll never know if you’ll like it. Even if you don’t, at least you’ll have something more interesting to talk about at parties, which will make you seem more worldly.
5. “Meet” New People
Besides music, there is a wealth of other audio and informational materials out there to explore. Previously, you might have had to spend hundreds of dollars to get a CD audio program if you wanted to learn a new skill. Now, you can tune into one of hundreds of Internet radio stations and begin listening into interesting interviews and lectures right away.
With all that online radio has to offer, you would be silly to completely let this opportunity pass you by. Give online radio a shot. You may be surprised by what you find.