Despite my personal reluctance, the public is embracing web radio. The younger demographic crowd has been listening to web radio for years. Now, even grandma can listen to her radio station from the “old country” and granny doesn’t need a shortwave radio to do so. A Wi-Fi Radio and a data line will suffice nicely.
Internet broadcasters don’t need a license or a 500,000 watt blowtorch transmitter to spread the word and entertainment to millions. In the internet broadcasters world, a transmitter and tower are “a large server and a big pipe”.
For the interested listener, Internet Radio permits another form of DXing. The world is at your fingertips with a simple turn of a knob. Must be similar to how shortwave radio felt to the public in the 1920’s.
I have to admit, Wi-Fi Radios are very, very appealing…even to this old radio mutt. I’m going to buy one for our kitchen. It will have AM/FM however. Nothing beats local…even with the world at your fingertips.