of the great advantages to Internet radio is that you can cater for
tastes and this is exactly what Antenna does. The design is very
and the music well defined, so you can be sure to find something you
quality is excellent and it doesn't take long to download any of the
you choose. You may even try something new.
This is a
and a good example of the BBC's Internet vision. Offering far more than
a simple radio rundown, the site involves you with a whole range of
information (although it was a little premature with a vote on a single
that had only been released hours earlier). The large amount of
put up every day is kept in check by the design, and of course to can
to the station and its highlights.
Radio 5 Live
we hoped that
Radio 5 would
have changed its garish design - yellow gets a bit too much after a
- but then the station has always been a case of content over style.
you would expect is here - live chat, sports news and weekly schedules
- but sadly not a lot else. While other stations have tried to expand
radio, Radio 5 is sticking to its roots. But with a wide selection of
moments, you can't argue.
The Capital Radio
websites could have been separated at birth as far as content goes. The
colour scheme is equally bright and the home page is packed full of the
latest entertainment news. Fair play to Capital though it was one of
first radio stations to broadcast over the Internet. The site is
off by pages devoted to the Capital DJs and a tour around the Capital
The interactive features of the site are useful; allowing you to email
your requests in to Foxy's Jukebox and chat with other Capital
A successful site
cater for its audience and this is exactly what Classic FM has done. A
calming blue design with subtle graphics wafts you into the world of
music. There's a good selection of highlights too, if what is playing
to your liking.
feature that we
mentioned last time was the seamless move from the music you're hearing
to buying the CD online - something that a lot of sites have
CNET News covers
stories on just IT. The front page gives you the latest headlines to
through, which you can then use to move onto more in depth news
It's an easy to navigate site, although the advertisements can get in
way at times. Apart from the new headlines, the news is split into
which you pick from a menu on the right of the screen.
This is an
entertaining site from one of the country's smaller stations. Witty
graphics and fancy animations keep you interested, while a load of
information is pumped into your brain. Why not meet the crew and get
with them. As long as you don't want to actually listen to the station
- a link must be there somewhere, but then if we can't find it there is
definitely something wrong.
Claiming to be
largest online music station, Hard Radio is very impressive and
- if, that is, you like heavy metal. The design will not be to
tastes but it is clear that the metal fraternity loves it and this may
account for the impressive stock of new tracks, albums and live
that are available at the touch of a button.
You get some nice
and stylish website design at the Jazz FM site - cooool. The content is
also impressive and includes reviews of the latest Jazz CDs (often with
track samples to download and listen to), features and a comprehensive
gig and event guide. You'll find all the programme schedules for the
on the site and you can tune into the live broadcast, as long as you've
got the Windows Media Player. And Jazz FM hasn't missed out on
opportunities; there's an online store selling clothing as well as CDs.
It's hard to tell
FM is trying to do with this site. Why a station playing mostly dance
house music has dressed itself up in a My Little Pony outfit is
guess. Sadly, beyond the pink and red love hearts there isn't much else
going on. You can learn about your favourite DJ in a Smash Hits style
or wander off to the chat room, but just try and find how to actually
to the station.
If you doubted
that the Web
releases people's imagination, then pay this site a visit. Set up by
Kong students, the design is extraordinary. It doesn't stop there
- listen to any of the four channels on offer and the huge mix of music
will make you wonder why you've been listening to the same 20 albums
the past 10 years. There is a downside though - you won't be able to
a blessed word the DJ says.
Talk Sport is the
online sport radio network (it's a spin off from Talk Radio at
Sports fans who can't get access to UK radio or TV stations can catch
on the latest results at this site. A good selection of sports are
including football, cricket, rugby, golf, motorsports, horse racing,
racing and cycling. The content includes professional sports news,
with sporting stars and live commentaries on sports events, including
of the big footie matches. The Fan Chat area is a great place for
fans to get together and chat about the latest scores.
This is an
and low-tech site, but is the perfect example of content winning out
presentation. Obscure and uninteresting titles like 'club' lead to a
range of fascinating and often rare speeches given by eminent people in
their different fields. We were so intrigued by some of these hidden
that an hour went by before getting past the first page. It's almost a
crime that you can tell what's around the corner before you've got there
that you haven't
heard quite enough from Chris Evans yet. Fear not, you can listen to
Boy 24-hours a day from the Virgin Radio website. Yes you can listen to
all the 'best bits' from Chris's Breakfast show in the Virgin audio
The design is bright and brash with lots of primary colours - don't
if you've got a hangover. Listen to the radio station live, check out
Virgin playlist and listen to the tracks listed there. Get the latest
entertainment and footie news and enter online competitions.
This New Orleans
makes the most of the Big Easy's year-round jazz festivals, offering a
large range of live and recorded traditional and dixie jazz. The site
is decked out in pleasing pastel colours and is extremely easy to move
about, but it is the music that has made it such a popular choice with
punters. Apart from jazz it also offers an equally high-standard
of blues, gospel, Brazilian and Caribbean music.