On the Road: Radio Stations to Tune Into

On the Road: Radio Stations to Tune Into
Tune into some of the most popular radio stations from all over the world, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

From English pop to Japanese psychedelic, we have created a list of radio stations to cater to all your music moods while travelling

Upasana Singh
February 21 , 2021
11 Min Read

The memory of waking up to the static sound of the transmitter being switched on instantly takes one back to the good old days of the radio. From ensuring a great start to the day to accompanying us on a long drive, the radio has been with us through it all. 

Over the years, the traditional medium has undergone several changes and taken various forms, from the simple technology of electromagnetic waves of frequency to the modern technology of the internet. Thanks to the world wide web and global radio stations, the local medium is not restricted by the limits of space and time anymore. Foreign radio stations are easily accessible and music discovery platforms are personalised to your taste. 

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Moreover, radio is now changing lives. It is not just about background noise. The concept of radio quarantine came into being during the lockdown that was imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. As the name suggests, artists and musicians started internet music shows in their homes to entertain people who felt isolated amidst the global healthcare emergency. 

Radio Quarantine Kolkata was set up by a group of friends who wanted to provide a space for solidarity and preserve friendships at a time when social isolation was the norm. Eclectic playlists included selections from Eastern and Western classical composers, experimental musicians, contemporary Japanese artists, 1980’s Hindi, English pop, jazz, Brazilian rock, and much more. In its segment called ‘Quarantine Diaries,’ the radio station discussed controversial subjects that took place during the pandemic including the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens. 

The essence of the radio has thus, moved beyond its traditional function. Radio Quarantine helped people to engage in community activity and make sense of what was happening in the world through music and sound.

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Radio Garden is yet another example of how radio has evolved through the years. The digital research project that essentially looks like Google Earth for radio helps you to tune into a variety of global broadcasts. All you have to do is click and drag the 3D globe around, and zoom into your preferred local station around the world. Each dot represents a different feed. The interactive web page allows you to switch between live streams, historical content, recorded interviews, and jingles. More than 10,000 stations are available for listeners.

Apart from these modern radio projects, we have curated a list of radio stations for you to tune into on your next road trip.

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If you cannot decide what genre of music to listen to, tuning into 94.3 Radio One will not disappoint. The commercial radio network that was launched in 2007 is aimed towards ‘international Indians.’ It is a classic gem that one can still cherish for its unique mix of music. Moreover, over the years, communities around food, music, sports, travel and fitness have been built that go beyond music. Global lifestyle is showcased by the experiences of celebrities such as Ranveer Singh, Rajeev Masand, as well as renowned global RJ’s like Ryan Seacrest and Casey Kasem. The station is known for being India’s favourite global lifestyle destination. It is operational in 7 Indian cities— Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, and Ahmedabad. 

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Established in 1979, Three D Radio is a community radio station that is based in Adelaide, Australia. Along with playing contemporary and alternative music, the station includes aboriginal music in its regular playlists. The struggles that the aboriginals faced are reflected in the music of artists such as Ziggy, Thelma Plum, Steady, and Zaine Francis. A quarter of the music content is dedicated to female artists who have historically been under-represented in broadcast music. The radio station also supports the local music and art community. In their Sound Lounge programme, local bands perform live to air from the Three D studios. If you are not in Australia right now, you can tune into the radio station via downloading the Three D Radio app, available on Apple Music and Google Play Store. 

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For fans of the underground music scene, NTS Radio is the go-to station. With studios in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Manchester in England, the online radio station produces a variety of live radio shows, live music events, and other digital media. It champions alternative culture, being experimental and open-minded. Some of the programmes include a Japanese psychedelic performance from 1968 to 1975 by rap group Clipping, guest appearances by musicians, DJs and artists including M.I.A, Tame Impala, and Karen O, as well as new world music albums. 

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Last year, Apple Music launched two live global radio stations in 165 countries. The flagship global radio station— Beats 1 was renamed Apple Music 1. Celebrating music from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, the new Apple Music Hits station offers a huge catalog of popular songs. On the other hand, Apple Music Country is catered towards country music. The live radio platform is a massive hit amongst listeners. Former Beats 1 has become one of the most-listened-to radio stations in the world since the release of Apple Music in 2015. This can be attributed to the wide range of voices it offers in terms of artists, weekly shows, and on-air hosts including Ty Bentli and Kelleigh Bannen. The three radio stations are available on all Apple devices. 

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Although the website may look like an ordinary music discovery service, Last.fm is a lot more than that. The online music platform acts as a radio station but it can be completely personalised to suit your music tastes. Additionally, it gets to know you better by the songs you listen to and based on your preferences, last.fm recommends similar tracks. The website also contains information about different music genres, albums and artists. Founded in 2002, it is now a paid-only service with links to YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify for users with no subscription.

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