Using data from Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye and various other sources, Radio Garden – a radio casting platform on web – has created an interactive globe which allows users to listen and explore various radio broadcasts available worldwide. The platform allows listeners to explore worldwide broadcasts and hear various identities across the globe.
In the ‘Live’ section, you can explore a world or radio as it is happening right now. Tune into any place on the globe: what sounds familiar? What sounds foreign? Where would you like to travel and what sounds like home’?
On the other hand, the ‘History’ section allows you to tune into clips from throughout radio history that show how radio has tried to cross borders.
Click over to ‘Jingles’ for a world-wide crash course in station identification. How do stations signal within a fraction of a second what kind of programs you are likely to hear? How do they project being joyful, trustworthy, or up to the minute?
In the ‘Stories’ section, hear old and new listeners share their experience and understand how they listen beyond their walls. What do they imagine of voices and sound from around the globe? How do they use radio to make themselves at home in the world?
From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, at the same time have re-connected people to home from thousands of miles away, by using local community-radio broadcasts.
Radio Garden incorporated results from the international research project Transnational Radio Encounters directed by Golo Follmer at Martin-Luther University Halle, in cooperation with the Universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus in Denmark, London Metropolitan and the University of Sunderland in the UK, and Utrecht University in the Netherlands.