I recently had to relocate from the San Francisco Bay Area to Charlotte, and although it was a hard move because I’d be leaving such an incredibly diverse region of the country, one of the most difficult things to leave behind was my favorite Bay Area radio station. Not only did they play incredible tunes that were quite frequently cutting edge and avant-garde, but just listing to the dj’s provided a cool SF vibe that’s hard to come by. Fortunately the radio station is owned by Cumulus which owns a total portfolio of 350 stations nationwide (ranging from Abilene to Youngstown) and they stream their broadcasts live via the internet. What that means is that I can be sitting in my living room in Charlotte while I listen to the pulse of the Bay Area and feel like I’m still right there in the thick of things. In fact, I recently went back to SF for 10 days of fun, and it was by listening to my station via Cumulus before leaving that I was able to tap into which concerts and live music venues I was going to put on my itinerary while planning visits with friends from the area. While my Bay Area station is a classic rock format, Cumulus covers them all from country to sports talk and everything in between. So, if you’re ever feeling house-bound and want to take a trip to another city without leaving the comfort of your own home, why not take a trip via Cumulus and get put right in the center of a city’s music and news scene.
Besides being an easy and convenient way to listen to music, Internet radio is a great tool for discovering new artists and bands that suit your taste. There’s no crime in listening to the same stations week after week, but if you consider yourself a music connoisseur, there are a number of ways to help you branch out and maximize the potential of this amazing resource.When you’re using a user-customized station such as Pandora, there is a “share” feature. There are many options under this drop down menu, but one of the most useful tools allows you to find a shared station. This allows you to input various musical characteristics or attributes and then find a station created by another user that has similar songs and artists. Read more!