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Robyn / May 3, 2007 10:26 AM

-Radio Paradise (

-Soma FM (


-XM Radio (Soul Street is awesome)

-East Village Radio ( )

Dan R / May 3, 2007 10:46 AM

I listen to chicago public radio and Pandora Radio. I love them both and would hate to see either of them... or any other internet radio stations go away just because of royalties.

printdude / May 3, 2007 11:04 AM

I have two faves:

Kink ClassX

but I surf the radio quite a bit, looking for enjoyable earworms

matt / May 3, 2007 11:10 AM

Second on the Radio Paradise...

I listen to WLUW because it comes in really terribly where I live.

Also .977 is great when you're feeling the 80s.

Dunl / May 3, 2007 11:38 AM

Listening to the BBC World Service news right now...

Also pretty regularly listen to: WFMU (favorite shows: Terre T Saturday afternoons, Irene Trudel Monday afternoons, Joe Belock on Tuesday, Irwin Chusid on Wednesday -- rarely do I get to listen to more that part of a show in any given week...);; some (been listening to my "neighborhood" stream pretty often recently); I've checked out the live webcast of Outside the Loop Radio on WLUW a few times, but usually I just wait and listen to it in podcast form. Finally, I'm looking forward to listening to Chicago Fire Soccer Weekly, which premieres this coming Tuesday evening on WXAV.

Dunl / May 3, 2007 11:49 AM

Apparently what I listen to looked too spammy...

Leelah / May 3, 2007 11:49 AM

It is the best station EVER.

Leo / May 3, 2007 11:54 AM

I happen to think KXCI ( is the best station EVER. The Morning Brew usually provides the best tunes.

jaymce / May 3, 2007 12:05 PM

if you haven't tried them yet... do it... do it now..

Andrew / May 3, 2007 12:19 PM

Sorry, Dunl, our spam filter gets upset with too many links. I published it.

thumper / May 3, 2007 12:22 PM

kexp and wxpn

avant/chi / May 3, 2007 12:28 PM

WRDP some times, WLUW and the Globe from Goshen, IN.

skafiend / May 3, 2007 12:42 PM

WeFunk radion, boyeeeeeee!
Professor Funk and DJ Static. Very eclectic funk mix. Common next to Rufus Thomas... great.

(sorry, I suck at making links...)

skafiend / May 3, 2007 12:44 PM

Hey, wait, it turned into a link anyway!!! What the funk...?!?

How'd that happen??? God, this computer voodoo is great!

michellemybelle / May 3, 2007 1:13 PM - can't wait until they come back to Chicago, and it's completely and totally worth more than the dollar a day I give them.

jennifer / May 3, 2007 1:17 PM

a little bit on the limited side, but with cpr in the morning, xfm while I'm working in my department building, radio france at night, and ipod selections in between, what's a girl to do?

spook / May 3, 2007 1:50 PM

Air America


WWOZ New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station

Underground hip hop radio

annie / May 3, 2007 2:50 PM

I miss KEXP, my bandwidth at work is screwy and I can't listen. Got turned on to KCRW. they are very good and then it's all Dahl in the afternoon

JJZ / May 3, 2007 2:56 PM

WFMU. Nice freeform station out of New Jersey. Has a nice slew of online archives.

amanda / May 3, 2007 3:01 PM

kaxe. northern minnesota community radio. it is awesome.

sarah / May 3, 2007 3:15 PM

I listen to Pandora.

I love seeing all the listeners...I used to listen to them back when they were on FM.

ken / May 3, 2007 3:52 PM

Well, I haven't lately but I suppose I will be soon -

I got the job in Naples,Florida!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Think I'll start with a little

Cho co spook - I thought I was the only one that listened to wwoz -
Laisez les bons temps rouler

ken / May 3, 2007 3:57 PM

skafiend - your not the only one who can't get links right.

if anyone still cares -

ken / May 3, 2007 3:58 PM

ughh -

drop the listen

J / May 3, 2007 4:25 PM

WBEZ when I want to listen to talk

WFUV when I want to listen to music

pat / May 3, 2007 4:41 PM

i usually listen thru iTunes... and two of my favorites are:

Secret Agent on SomaFM and

Illinois Street Lounge on SomaFM.

Hal / May 3, 2007 4:50 PM

Asian Vibrations for music at work (

Chicago Public Radio ( at home and for shows I've missed.

Markle / May 3, 2007 6:17 PM and now that I live in San Diego, I can sometimes snag it on my car radio. Only really well when I'm on the 101 and it is a clear day.

tk / May 3, 2007 8:40 PM


Pandora kicks major everything, except for classical. For that, WGUC (public station out of Cincinnati) is perfect.

Roscoe / May 3, 2007 10:13 PM

Internet radio is totally gay.

C / May 4, 2007 1:22 AM


Oh, and
on tuesdays from 9 to midnight.
i would encourage you to listen.

Cristin / May 4, 2007 9:15 AM - it IS the best station ever! We've lost them a couple of times, both times they've returned, and saved my work and social lives.

mark / May 4, 2007 9:19 AM

WUAG -- greensboro, nc college radio.

WKNC -- NC state radio

WVFS -- Florida St. radio


Flynn / May 4, 2007 9:33 AM

* SomaFM - Groove Salad, Beat Blender, Drone Zone (at night)
* Limbik Frequencies
* Proton Radio (when they have decent sets)
* Radio Nigel (man I wish they had a 128k stream)
* And every once in a while, to see how long ago it was, I listen to my college radio alma mater, WVAU.

Bill V / May 4, 2007 9:56 AM

Lots of good stations, for music it's WOXY, KEXP and KCRW. I also like Boot Liquor Radio for that Alt-Country stuff. 88.7 WLUW comes in fine for me in the car and at work, so I don't listen to it on the web.

carrie / May 4, 2007 10:04 AM

usually itunes. I like grassyhill radio and there's a couple of fun 90s stations that make me giggle.

Here's a hint- even if your speakers are turned all the way down, sound can come out. Don't start complaining about someone blasting Celine Dion until you're sure it's not you. Oh yes, I went a good IM complain rampage, joked about how I was going to put someone in their place and then as it turns out, I was the jerk. fun!

Michael / May 4, 2007 10:38 AM

Viva Radio!!! Go ahead, try it. Come on. What have you got to loose?

Pandora is pretty great too. If internet radio goes away I will certainly miss it.

ser / May 4, 2007 1:06 PM for my 3x a week cubbies fix!

Dr Kilovolt / May 4, 2007 1:08 PM

I would be seriously bummed without SomaFM's Secret Agent and Space Station Soma around. I listen to net radio because terrestrial radio sucks so hard. Most of my latest CD purchases have been of music that I heard on Secret Agent and nowhere else. So the irony for the RIAA in my case is that if they get their way with this outrageous fee hike, I will be buying fewer CDs, because I won't have anyplace to discover music worth owning.

Oh yeah, and Air America rocks.

Josh / May 4, 2007 1:40 PM

One of the few glories that makes like worth living...The Retro Cocktail Hour!

shermann / May 4, 2007 5:20 PM is the best!

and - Pete Tong!

Patrick / May 5, 2007 4:06 AM

I run an internet radio station here in lovely Chicago, so I recommend that!

Stephen / May 6, 2007 11:21 AM

I listen to KEXP pretty much all day long at work.

I'm a little surprised this hasn't been mentioned: the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) recently decided to increase Internet streaming music rates in such a way that would effectively shut down most internet radio broadcasters. Especially hard hit would be public radio stations like KCRW and KEXP, as well as many NPR affiliates.

We have until July 15 to get the CRB to reconsider. Please go to and make sure to write your congressperson!

Emerson Dameron / May 6, 2007 4:34 PM

I umpth WFMU (particularly Irwin Chusid, Liz Berg, Give the Drummer Some and the Best Show). Between 'FMU's stream, various MP3 blogs and file-sharing with pals, I've learned more about music in the last five years than in the rest of my life combined.

The only thing that can save the music business is the wholesale collapse of the CD market. Crushing every new innovation doesn't seem to be doing it. With all the new ideas floating around, there must be some way to make money that doesn't involve suing people or forcing them to buy obsolete products.

I also listen to a lot of mainstream hip hop at work.

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