Crusty music in digital streams…

WRDV is a public radio station not far from where Washington crossed the Delaware river as he bravely ran away from the British.

It’s a radio station that shouldn’t exist. It’s living on a budget of about $40k, all user donations. All the announcers are volunteers who love the music they get to play. I think the town of Hatboro donates their broadcast space. I wouldn’t be surprised if their transmitter is coal-powered.

It has shows that do things like play only 78s, or focus on classic country from the 50s, or play do-wop, or specialize in regional music like German heritage polkas. On a typical day of programming, there might be a morning covering nothing but the roaring 20’s and an evening of nothing but Frank Sinatra.

They have a series of about 5 transmitters and repeaters that cover about a postage-stamp of space with maybe 3 watts of power. When I lived near them I had trouble tuning the signal in, but it was usually worth it. Some of you have heard me tell about one of their DJs, Carl Peckman, who narrated a wonderful show of early jazz. He didn’t let the fact he no longer had a voice box slow him down. It was unique and cool.

Someone has helped them put up a web page and they are happily streaming a signal powered by internetz. Go to http://www.wrdv.org/ and click on the radio in the upper right corner to listen. They just played “Mares Eat Oats” and are now going through a recording of “China Boy” from the mid thirties. George Toth (a local independent financial advisor) will be on at about 3 pm PST with his financial show that has had some of the best “how to invest and save” financial advice I’ve ever heard. This rocks.

It looks like they’re hurting for money this year according to their website. Donations are down 25%. I think I’ll send them a little.

I haz a happee.

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