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Technology, Radio, and What I Listen To

Since getting an Android phone, I have been amazed at the fact that it gets an internet connection. Not just for simple web pages, but streaming connections. I can stream video into and out of my phone. What that has opened up is radio stations. All those stations that I loved to listen to in high school living in Fennville, or traveling to Pennsylvania, and others places as well, I can now get through my phone and listen to them in my truck on my drive to and from work. Couple that with podcasts, and I can listen to almost anything I want, anytime. I was reading on another blog about shortwave listening for stations is dieing out due to internet radio. While that will probably never completely die out, the fact that you don’t need a shortwave radio to hear overseas radio is quickly taking over.

Which brings me to why I was writing this post. I got on a web site called Radio Time that looks for local radio stations that stream and links to the streams. The great thing is that they have an app so that you can listen to the streams on your phone. So I now have presets to all sorts of radio stations from my past available to me. I have them from Grand Rapids, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and locally. Wow!

Jeff, why do you care so much about Christchurch?

Back in 1994, I went to the South Pole. For the Antarctic program, the jump off point for McMurdo and South Pole stations is Christchurch, New Zealand. While I pretty much was contained to the south island while I was there, I fell in love with the country. Now, 15+ years later, after passing through the city of Christchurch and portions of the south island 4 times, 2 major earthquakes have rocked the city. The first one did some damage as it was a little farther away and it was deep. However, this one, while weaker than the first one in September of last year, was much closer and shallower, and with the weakened state of many of the buildings, there were many more that came down in the City Centre. This has been a rather said event as the landmark cathedral in the town square lost its spire. The town, from what I can see will never be the same again.