According to its blog, Radio Nowhere is a London-based independent radio station that was formed in 2002 “as a reaction to the lack of support commercial radio was giving to unsigned, forgotten and deleted artists.”
You can stream it online via the Live365 online radio service, and you can subscribe to the regular podcasts via itunes. Three highlights thus far are the Christopher Laird Show, Jessica 6’s monthly podcasts, and Ruby’s Chicky Boil-Ups.
What Radio Nowhere has done is remind this Monkey of how big a role terrestrial radio used to play in his life, and how little of a role it plays now.
Who needs to listen to a station that plays the same four songs over and over and over again?
In this age of instant gratification, you can go to YouTube or Rhapsody or MySpace and listen to any song you want whenever you want to. You can download the song to your ipod and listen to it at any time.
The Monkey does not need the radio to cram a Carrie Underwood song down this throat every 20 minutes. He can do it himself.
However, if a traditional radio station were to follow the example of Radio Nowhere and create an eclectic mix of new songs and old classics, and maybe throw in a few artist interviews, then we might be on to something.
Maybe mix together classics from the Cure and Soul Asylum with brand new music from a relatively unknown band like Betty and the Werewolves, for example? (That was Christopher Laird’s latest show).
Or maybe do a whole show around the theme of women drivers, which could include songs from the past and the present, cover songs and originals. A Souxie and the Banshees cover of Iggy Pop’s the Passenger (Ruby’s Chicky Boil-Ups).
Heck, the Monkey might even be willing to sit through a few commercials to hear something like that. Or maybe you are willing to click on the link below to hear something refreshingly different?