Squish Radio from Alan Cross: An Alt-Rock On-Line "Radio" Station

radioAlan Cross has teamed with Astral Radio to program his own on-line radio station called Squish. As he wrote earlier today, the programming of Squish is is 100% his responsibility.

I'm very jealous. I've wanted to do something like this for quite some time, but I'm not Alan Cross. Luckily for us, Alan Cross is Alan Cross, and he's got a very cool thing brewing here.

I'm listening right now. So far, so good! I could see an on-line station like this getting a good chunk of my work day. At least when I'm not listening to Humble and Fred.

It's amazing how little of the radio I listen to each day is actually on the radio. I listen to CBC Radio One news in the shower, and this and that in the car, but at my work desk it's all web based now.

Give Squish a listen. It's a little tricky to find it. Go here and click on the graphic that reads "Listen to the V Streams". Then look for the Squish graphic down and to the right.

So far, I have two wishes for Squish:

  1. I wish the sound quality was better - it's not bad, but I share Neil Young's concerns
  2. I wish I could see the name and artist for the current song playing Scratch that - it's at the top of the page

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Good job, Alan. Thanks Doug, for pointing me in the right direction.


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Douglas

I have several hours of listening to Squish under my belt now. So far, I have only heard one song that made me click away (that incredibly irritating, practically impossible to actually call alt-rock "Jump Around" by House of Pain). For just getting going, credit to Alan and Astral for having a decent mix of classic alt from the Velvet Underground to current songs.

Anyone interested in this topic, I suggest you check out Tijuana/San Diego's 91X. They just celebrated their 29th anniversary, all with the same format.

You can stream the broadcast or the "Resurrection Channel". Sunday mornings (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET) features "Resurrection Sunday", hosted by British host Steve West. A lot of Resurrection Sunday is requests, but don't expect "the usual hits" that most other stations play. 91X went as far as trademarking their slogan "Local. Independent. Radio." Even recognizing that corporate radio is needed in the market, I think 91X's approach would fit well with most of us here.

February 3, 2012 @ 2:17 PM

Fantomex

Sorry, but I find this to be incredibly wack, and then some.

Why can't Corus make this into an ordinary radio station, complete with DJ's who have musical tastes similar to Alan's? Why doesn't Corus END COMPLETELY the long-in-the-tooth Q107 (and other similar oldies stations across Canada), and make this the station for Alan to broadcast from? Better yet, why not put all of the oldies on Internet streaming instead, and let Bob & June Baby Boom and their children/grandchildren/comrades who love classic rock (or as I call it, classic rot) be the ones to listen to that format on the Internet instead?

All of this would be better than what's offered here.

February 5, 2012 @ 11:17 AM

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