Question:
How do I listen to the radio stations?


Answer:
When you have the list of stations on the screen, click on the "Live Feed" link, BUT SEE THE NEXT QUESTION!!!


Question:
Why does Internet Explorer show "This page cannot be displayed" when I click on some of the "Live Feed" links?


Answer:
This is a problem with the way Internet Explorer handles some Windows Media streams. To solve it:

  • If using Internet Explorer 6, go to Tools -> Internet Options, click on the Advanced tab, and then un-check (remove the tick from beside) "Show friendly HTTP error messages".
  • If using Internet Explorer 7 or above, you will have to create a shortcut on your Desktop. To do this drag the "Live Feed" link and drop it on your Desktop. A shortcut icon will then appear. To listen to the stream, double-click the icon. Delete the icon when you have finished listening.



  • Question:
    How do I find the radio stations?


    Answer:
    There are two ways to find the stations: general browsing or searching for a specific station.

    To browse, choose a geographical section in the left sidebar, for example, Europe. You will then be presented with a list of countries within Europe. Clicking on one of the country names will display a list of stations from that country, and to listen, click on the Live Feed link. Clicking on the station's name will take you to their website.

    To search, click on the FIND STATIONS link in the left sidebar. This will bring up the search window

    The search facilities offered on Live Radio on the Internet are probably the most complex and comprehensive search facilities available on any site on the Internet.

    In the search box you will see 7 fields: Station, Country, State/Province, City, Genre, Media Type and Results per page.

    To the left of each of the first 5 fields, you will see a drop-down box. The default value for this is "Like". The other possibility in this box is "Exact phrase".

    "Exact phrase" means an EXACT match to what you typed, and "Like" means CONTAINING all the words, in the order you typed them. This applies to all search fields with the "Like"/"Exact phrase" option.

    Station -- In this field you enter the name of the radio station you are looking for (e.g. Radio 1). If you leave the drop-down box to the left of the station field set to "Like", the search will find all stations with "Radio 1" in their names, for example, Radio 1, BBC Radio 1, Radio 100 etc. If the drop-down box had "Exact phrase" selected, then the search would only return an EXACT match, e.g., stations called "Radio 1", and NOT BBC Radio 1, Radio 100 etc.

    Remember, "Exact phrase" means EXACT MATCH, "Like" means CONTAINING.

    Wildcards are not supported.

    Country -- Enter the country you are seeking stations from. Like and Equal applies.

    State/Province -- Enter the State or Province you are seeking stations from (e.g. Northern Ireland, California, Alberta etc). Like and Equal applies.

    City -- Enter the City you are seeking stations from. Like and Equal applies.

    Genre -- Enter the genre of station you are seeking. Like and Equal applies. There are MANY genres available and it's best to use the "Like" option when searching on genre.

    Media Type -- This allows selection of the type of media you wish to hear, e.g. MP3, Real Media, Windows Media Player etc.

    Any fields left blank are ignored, but at least one field must be completed.

    Results per page -- This allows you to select the number of results returned per page; 10 or 20.

    In addition, you can perform combination searches, i.e. searches on more than one criteria. For example, if you want stations playing jazz, using Windows Media Player in London, United Kingdom you would enter "London" in the City field, "United Kingdom" in the Country field, "Jazz" in the Genre field and select "WMP" from the Media drop-down list and click the Search button. This will show the required results, but as the Genre field's drop-down list was set to "Like", all stations with Jazz in their genre will be included, e.g. Jazz, Jazz/Blues, Jazz/R&B etc. If you only want Jazz stations found, change the drop-down box to Equals!

    Finally, searches are NOT case sensitive, in other words RADIO 1 is the same as radio 1 or Radio 1.


    Question:
    How much does the software that I need to listen cost?


    Answer:
    It costs nothing -- it's free! Links are on the Software Required page.


    Question:
    Do I need to pay you to listen to the stations or use the site?


    Answer:
    No, use of this site is free, but there are a few stations listed (mostly in the Caribbean) which require you to register/subscribe to listen; some of these stations charge you.


    Question:
    I'm from a band and would like to get our music played on your station. How do I do this?


    Answer:
    You can't -- we're not a station; we're a portal. PLEASE read the "blurb" on the information page; it's not there for fun! Similarly, please don't ask us to play a request, for the same reason!


    Question:
    Why does the audio sometimes break up or start and stop?


    Answer:
    This can be caused by network congestion.
    It can also be caused by too many people trying to listen to the same station at the same time -- many stations have a limit to the number of streams they can serve (i.e. the number of people who can listen simultaneously). It could also be caused by internet connection problems with your ISP, i.e. not enough bandwidth available for you.


    Question:
    I like Winamp -- why can't I listen to all of the radio stations using Winamp?


    Answer:
    The radio stations which stream their audio would have made a decision as to what format of stream they were going to use. Currently there are 3 major formats: Windows Media, Real and MP3. Each type of stream is different and needs a specific program to process it -- Windows Media streams need Windows Media Player to play them, Real streams need Real Player and MP3 streams need Winamp -- in some cases MP3 streams can be played by Real Player. There is not currently any widely available player which will play all.


    Question:
    What's this "HD (Digital)" I see beside some station names?


    Answer:
    HD (High Definition) Radio is a new type of radio technology that allows AM and FM analogue stations to broadcast using digital technology. Along with the AM and FM signal, a new digital component is transmitted, allowing the new HD receivers to receive digital-quality audio. This digital signal can also carry data, such as the artist name & song title, news headlines, weather etc. The quality of the digital audio will be CD-quality for the FM transmissions and today’s FM analogue-quality for the AM transmissions.

    Listeners can continue to listen to the normal AM and FM stations using their existing radio, but to receive the digital quality they’ll need to buy one of the new HD receivers. HD radio is currently only available in the USA.

    For more information on HD Radio, visit the website of iBiquity Digital, the developer of HD Radio.


    Question:
    Why do you have adverts on the website?


    Answer:
    Simply to cover costs. Reliable webhosting costs quite a bit as does a high-speed connection, which we need for checking the links.


    Question:
    When are you going to offer a subscription-based, advert-free facility?


    Answer:
    There are no plans to do this at the moment.


    Question:
    How can I get a radio station added to your database?


    Answer:
    Click on the Add A Station link in the left sidebar and complete the form.


    Question:
    How can I get information about a radio station corrected or updated?


    Answer:
    Click on the Amend A Station link in the left sidebar and complete the form.


    Question:
    Can I get my radio station to be Station of the Month?


    Answer:
    You can't -- that's decided by us.


    Question:
    Do you have a Privacy Policy?


    Answer:
    Yes -- the link to it is at the bottom of each page.


    Question:
    How do I advertise on your website?


    Answer:
    We generally use the services of advertising agencies to supply the adverts and don't, as a rule, deal directly with advertisers.


    Question:
    Why do some of the links not work?


    Answer:
    Could be that there's a temporary problem with them or perhaps the station has changed the address. We allow a station 4 weeks to correct any problems before we delete a station from the database. We used to allow a few days, but this meant more work as we'd delete a station only to have it return maybe a week or two later.


    Question:
    How often is your database updated.


    Answer:
    Virtually daily, and usually several times!


    Question:
    How can I listen to Howard Stern?


    Answer:
    Why would you want to do that?

    If you REALLY want to listen to Stern, try http://streamerp2p.com/. They apparently (we haven't verified it) carry recorded programmes, as he's not (fortunately) available 'live' on the Internet.






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