Last Updated on October 11, 2023
Radio Garden Online – Completely Free
In this time of geo-blocks, filters and internet censorship it’s great to find a website that embodies the traditional ideals of the internet. Something that genuinely promotes communication and open access to anyone in the world irrespective of who they are or where they happen to be. A website that you don’t need a VPN or proxy to hide your identity or bypass any of these tedious blocks, it’s completely free for everyone.
It’s called Radio Garden and it’s something I discovered a few years ago and have used ever since. It’s basically a huge database of radio stations from around the world compiled and presented on a huge clickable global map.
Here you can see the interface which has been developed for the website. Here’s their mission statement –
Radio Garden invites you to tune into thousands of live radio stations across the globe.
By bringing distant voices close, radio connects people and places. From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, as well as re-connecting with people from ‘home’ from thousands of miles away.
The Radio Garden was set up in 2016 by a group in Amsterdam. It was initially an exhibition project commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision under a project entitled Transitional Radio Encounters. It has been converted into a small independent company in 2019. In 2018 they expanded by launching mobile apps for iOS and Android. You can find these in the App Store and Google Play under ‘Radio Garden’. The apps and the site have been continually developed with one of the most useful features being added in 2019 allowing people to search for their favorite stations and locations rather than just using the map directly.
How to Listen to Free Radio Stations Online
Here’s a quick video demonstration of how to listen to Free radio stations online with Radio Garden in action.
Radio Garden Best Stations
It’s difficult to fault, it’s an incredible resource which really opens up radio access across the world. My only slight disappointment was that I’d heard there was a North Korean radio station available on the platform but it seems to have gone. Mind you I probably wouldn’t have been able to understand a word of it anyway, but still would have been interesting to hear it.
There are supposedly lots of plans to further develop the application which is reassuring, although the commercial viability is always a worry. Great resources like this do costs money and I would expect some sort of advertising is inevitable and to be fair perfectly acceptable.
What are the Best Stations on Radio Garden?
The best stations on Radio Garden would largely depend on personal taste and the type of music or content you prefer. However, here are some popular stations from around the world:
- KEXP-FM – Seattle, USA: Known for its diverse music programming, including a mix of alternative rock, hip-hop, country, and more.
- BBC Radio 6 – UK: Offers a wide variety of music from indie rock to classic rock, electronic music, and more.
- Triple J – Australia: Known for playing new and alternative music that’s often overlooked by commercial stations.
- WFMU – New Jersey, USA: One of the oldest and most respected freeform radio stations in the U.S.
- Radio Swiss Jazz – Switzerland: Perfect for jazz lovers, plays a mix of jazz standards, blues, and soul music.
- Radio France Internationale – France: Offers news, talk shows, and a mix of music.
- Tokyo FM – Japan: A mix of Japanese music, news, and talk shows.
- Absolute Classic Rock – UK: Plays classic rock hits from the 60s to the 80s.
- Radio New Zealand National – New Zealand: Offers news, current affairs, and music.
- Pinguin Radio – Netherlands: An alternative music station which is known for its freedom and diversity in music.
Remember, one of the best features of Radio Garden is exploring and finding your own favorite stations from around the world.