From the Kenosha News on 7-15-07

You can listen to radio broadcasts on-line

      Even if you’re out of range of your favorite radio station, you may be able to listen to it on-line.  Many “big name” radio networks as well as area radio stations have on-line emissions.  To access these, you will need a high-speed connection to the internet such as cable or DSL.

      If you know the radio station that you want to listen to, you can find its web site and look for a “listen live” link.  For example, I like to listen to WMBI in Chicago.  So, I go to www.wmbi.fm and click the link.  It takes me to a simple screen with a “player panel” that allows me to click play or stop.  In some cases, you may need to search for your station.  Let’s say I want to listen to WROK – an AM station from Rockford, IL, that I used to listen to as a teenager.  I had to search for WROK, which took me to www.wrok.com.  They have a Listen Now icon on the left.  To listen to this station, I had to download some plug-ins or software and even unblock a port on my firewall to allow me to listen.  All of this was fairly easy, however, just following through clicking on the right choices.

      This can be especially useful if you have a favorite radio stations locally that you’d like to listen to when you’re away from home.  For example, if you want to listen to WGTD from a distant location, go to www.wgtd.org/  and click on the appropriate link (cable/DSL or dial-up) at the top of the page. 

      Once you’re listening to the broadcast, you can minimize the window where it is playing and continue to do other things.  However, if you close the window (by clicking on the X in the upper right corner), the broadcast will end because you have closed the application that is playing it.

      If you have a favorite network, such as the BBC, you can listen to its many different emissions at www.bbc.co.uk/radio/.   You can listen to NPR (National Public Radio) emissions at www.npr.org/worldwide.   If you speak French, www.rtl.fr/radio/aide_player.asp allows you to listen to Radio Television Luxembourg, a major French radio station.  Kids might appreciate Disney radio at radio.disney.go.com; they can request songs they’d like to hear.

      In some cases, the radio programs that you want to listen to may have their own web sites where you can listen on-demand rather than waiting for the show you want to come on at that specific time.  (This is especially useful if you miss part of an interesting broadcast.)  Here are some examples:

by Carol Sabbar from the Kenosha News on 7-15-07