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February 11, 2022

World Radio Day

Say YES to radio. Image from Unesco.org

Everyone knows February 13th is Super Bowl Sunday, but did you know February 13th is also World Radio Day? No, this isn’t some new holiday dreamed up by Hallmark greeting cards. This year actually marks World Radio Day’s 10th Anniversary. The United Nations General Assembly adopted World Radio Day as an International Day in 2012. It was first proposed by the Spanish Radio Academy back in 2010. The point of WRD is to emphasize the importance of the medium, especially in emergencies. Today, radio is still one of the most effective ways to reach a wide audience. 

Granted, this isn’t World Internet Radio Day, but Internet Radio is still radio nonetheless. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to update you on the Top 30 Internet radio stations you and your fellow Como Audio music lovers from around the world have been listening to recently:

Radio Swiss Jazz
France Inter
NPO Radio 1
Rás 1
mvyradio
BBC World Service
WCRB Classical
BBC Radio 4
Rás 2
WQXR 105.9 FM
FIP
BBC Radio 6 Music
Bylgjan 989
WNYC 93.9 FM
VRT Radio 1
WFMU
VRT Klara
Radio Swiss Classic
Classic FM
NPO Radio 4
Deutschlandfunk
BBC Radio 3
France Musique
France Culture
franceinfo
NPO Radio 2
Radio Italia
SomaFM – Left Coast 70s
KQED
Ö1

As an additional interesting data point, here are the Top 30 Internet stations of Frontier Silicon listeners as a whole (Frontier Silicon is the leading platform solution for millions of Internet radios around the world including Como Audio): 

Triple R 102.7FM
SWR3
BBC Radio 4
Deutschlandfunk
WDR 4
NDR 1 Niedersachsen Hannover
ANTENNE BAYERN
France Inter
NDR 2 Niedersachsen
SWR1 Baden-Württemberg
BAYERN 3
Radio Paloma
Radio 357
BBC Radio 2
Hitradio Ö3
BAYERN 1 Oberbayern
RTÉ Radio 1
1LIVE
ROCK ANTENNE
radioeins
Klassik Radio Live
Ostseewelle Region Müritz/Usedom
NPO Radio 1
WDR 5
Radio Nowy Świat
Absolut relax
franceinfo
WDR 2 Rheinland
SWR4 Baden-Württemberg
OLDIE ANTENNE – Oldies 
Classic FM

Take time to explore some of the stations on these two lists. There’s a reason they made the Top 30. 

The Como Audio Musica in piano gloss white.

In honor of World Radio Day, why not hold a radio listening party? Give your records, CDs, music files, and streaming services the day off and demonstrate some of the many free Internet stations from around the globe that your Como Audio music system is capable of streaming (not to mention the great hi-fi sound). Then you can transition directly into your Super Bowl party with your big screen TV connected to your Como Audio system. Go New England Patriots! Oh, I forgot. They didn’t make it. Well, maybe next season.

Happy World Radio Day. Enjoy the music (and the football game). 

My profound thanks to our Internet radio station aggregator, Airable, for compiling the Top 30 lists exclusively for this article.

Como Audio General Manager Peter Skiera lives in southern MA, worked in radio broadcasting throughout New England, and also worked for Cambridge SoundWorks, B&W Loudspeakers, and Tivoli Audio for 15 years before joining Como Audio as V.P. of Product Development. In addition to Tech Rap, Peter also writes for his own blog, www.RecommendedStations.com. He can be reached directly at pskiera@comoaudio.com

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