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Highly eclectic

A bit of everything – in overdrive (especially the first part of this page). Suggestions: Twitter or

Diverse (often local / campus / community)
  • [Stream] Byte FM is an eclectic station covering pop, rock, hip hop, house, etcetera. There are many genre shows. But despite its eclecticness and the not-that-standard playlist, this station is by far the most accessible station on this page. Heritage: Germany – although musicwise it doesn’t sound like that.
  • [Stream] Ckut is a local, non-profit and campus-community radio station presenting a complete, thought-out schedule. That schedule is filled with loads of genre shows, produced by over 200 volunteers and ranging from hard rock to exotic rhythms. Many of the tracks are quite obscure. There’s also the possibility to download the shows (like WeFunk, one of the most accessible shows) at the website. Sadly there aren’t playlists published. But Shazam or Soundhound will help you out (hopefully). Heritage: Canada (Montreal).
  • [Stream] Radio Béton is a local station being somewhat more accessible than the others in this section (except Byte FM). But it’s still very, very diverse. Here too, there are many presented genre shows. The strongest points of the station: 1) sounding modern but not painfully hip, and 2) the guitar based tracks, especially in the (recommended) non-stop hours. Many of those tracks have more ‘bite’ than the average guitar track played on the radio nowadays. Heritage: France (Tours).
  • [Stream] Radio Campus Clermont is another local station from that part of the world. What you are going to hear again depends on the time of the day/week. It can be jazz, but it can also be metal. Curious? You can download shows at the – nice and original looking – website. Some parts of that site are in need of an update, though. Heritage: France (Clermont-Ferrand).
  • [Stream] WFMU, a listener-supported station, presents a schedule somewhat similar to Ckut. WFMU contains about 1001 different genre shows, but in general this station is slightly easier to the ear. The best way to enjoy a station like this: picking your favorite shows instead of listening to everything. Everything’s downloadable at their (nice looking) website. Heritage: The USA (Jersey City).
  • [Stream] consists of 80+ djs, promoters, record label owners, local musicians and music geeks. They are focussing on discovery and curation, don’t rely on algorithms, and play nearly every music genre (although they seem to prefer a certain alternative and dark feel), brought in a long list of genre shows. Heritage: The USA (Portland)
The hippest ones
  • [Stream] NTS Radio (1) is based in London, while there are also studios in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Manchester. The general feel is ultra cool, and genrewise you can expect a lot – from the past ánd the future.
  • [Stream] NTS Radio (2) is (of course) coming from the same source as the one above. One station doesn’t seem enough to give room to the huge list of djs.
  • [Stream] Red Light Radio also plays many kinds of music, presented by a long list of djs. Genrewise it ranges from electronical experiments to metal; although the station leans to the electronic side. Heritage: The Netherlands. The station’s based in the Red Light District in Amsterdam.
  • [Stream] Reform Radio is based in Manchester. At first glance the schedule on the website seems quite unclear. But it’s similar to the others in this section: a mixed bag of music, brought by people digging deep.
  • [Stream] Soho Radio comes from London. Like NTS, they bring together cool people from across the globe. The biggest part of their well-filled schedule consists of urban and dance (in the broadest sense of the word), but besides that you can also expect other kinds of music.

Do you like the bottom part of the page? Then you may also like the stations on this page (a little bit less hip, a little bit less eclectic, but somewhat related).