It’s another day in a world of COVID restrictions and lockdowns and bans.
Once again you wake up in the morning and try to plan your day, wishing you could just jump on a plane and fly to Santiago, Nice, Kuala Lumpur… But no, it’s still impossible. The news on the TV is depressing and worse, your local radio station is playing exactly the same things you have listened to for weeks.
How you long to be able to tune in to Radio Moscow, or La Voix d’Alliance in the Ivory Coast, or pick up a bit of flamenco guitar on Radio de la Paz in Madrid.
Believe it or not, you can now do exactly that with an amazing interactive web page called Radio Garden. Interactive maps are a boon for the housebound — and that’s most of us — at this moment.
This particular one is the brainchild of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Together with two German companies: Studio Puckey and Studio Moniker, all under the supervision of the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, they have developed a system which allows you to access thousands of radio stations spanning the entire world.
Just click here: Radio Garden, then click on the globe and you can instantly go to any city or country. Click again on the green circle to hear the local radio station broadcasting in real-time.
The larger the circle, the more radio stations available. The sound quality is excellent (blast on external speakers or home theatre) and can be marginally improved by downloading the app on Apple or Android. Radio Garden now provides over 8,000 stations broadcasting live from Alaska to New Zealand and from Tierra del Fuego to the north of Japan.
You can tune in to the same station as your granny might be listening to in the Faroe Islands, or brush up your German or your French on Radio Weihnachten in Heidelburg, or Auxois FM in Venaroy-les-Laumes.
It is also an invaluable tool for those stuck far from home who’d like to hear what’s happening in their locality, or simply would like to hear their own familiar music or language.
There is even a station in North Korea though it was off-line when Happy Ali tuned in. Still, maybe tomorrow we can listen to the latest stirring speech by Kim Jong-il.
So, tune in to Radio Garden. It’s truly global, it’s live, and it’s free. And it’ll take you out of the coronavirus fug for a blissful hour or two.