11/1/2013 9:34 AM
Brett Moss is gear and technology editor.
The irrepressible Michael Robertson, the man behind
DAR.fm, has another radio emporium idea — RadioSearchEngine.com
Currently in beta, the idea is, well, let him speak: “There are
other directories of A–Z lists of radio stations, but this is the first search
engine where any song or artist can be located on stations playing from anywhere
in the world. A universal Web player for the first time connects to and plays
nearly every station offering immediate audio satisfaction and unprecedented
So I took it for a spin; remember it’s
mapping songs playing at that moment. I was listening to Radio Swing Worldwide,
a streamer on the Loud City platform, so I typed in “Harry James and His
Orchestra,” which was playing “Waitin’ for the Train to Come in” at that exact
moment. Sure enough, RadioSearchEngine.com immediately spit out the Radio Swing
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Clearly, the magic of metadata is at
work here. I had typed in something relatively obscure and got a hit. Actual
popular tunes could kick up bunches of iterations from across the planet.
Typing in “The Who” immediately provided two stations playing “Baba
O’Riley” (both misspelled) but no other Who songs playing. None playing
anywhere? Hhhhmmmm, but it is a beta.
Robertson says, “Charts
track the most played songs broadcast on radio in popular genres all of which
are playable. A growing number of Internet-only stations makes every style of
music from the billboard hits to the most eclectic easily locatable and
playable. Tens of thousands of stations are scanned every 3–5 seconds to get
the currently playing song.”
Suggested searches include
songs, artists, station names, genres, talk shows or podcasts. There’s a YouTube video
for those who need a helping hand.
searches coughed up varying results. A search for the “Hugh Hewitt Show”
provided a lengthy list. “Adam Carolla” provided two links — one wouldn’t load
the built-in RadioSearchEngine.com player but the other launched a recent
There’s a top-of-the-genre list on the
left side of the website. Randomly clicking on an item, “Carolina” by Parmalee,
brought the song into the player, live from KEEY(FM) in the Twin Cities.
Similar country songs from stations across the U.S. were provided in the main
Hey, Darius Rucker has a song called “Radio.” I
clicked on that and got a choppy feed from WKAA(FM) in Valdosta, Ga. But I
blame the office connection for the chop.
This could be
very useful when you have that uncontrollable song-craving … The player
generally loaded in a few seconds. But there is a downside, you can often hit
the song as it’s nearing the end. Fortunately, RadioSearchEngine does have a
panel on the right that notes where else that artist or that song is being
played. If it could only peek a little into the future.
crack at “The Who” proved better, including a note that the “Who Are You”
version available was the “Language edit” version from WWEG(FM) in Frederick,
Md. Metadata rocks!
I do have to say the recommendation
engine might need a little work but the “Top Oldies” list on the left was solid
Oh, gotta go, “Werewolves of London” is playing
on CHMX(FM) out of Regina, Saskatchewan, and since no one is left in the office
on this Halloween night, I can howl along.
1 comment(s) so far...
By Mike Sakellarides on
11/2/2013 2:56 PM
Re: A Search Engine for Radio?
Sorry, but so far, this site gets an "F." I typed in "That's the Way of the World" by Earth, Wind, and Fire which was playing concurrently on 94.7 The WAVE between 2:18 and 2:21 PM PDT. The site stated boldly that 'no one was playing it.' Somebody besides The WAVE had to be playing it somewhere in the world! Or a cover.