Where do you listen to bluegrass radio?

This week’s Bluegrass Today poll asks which of the many delivery media for bluegrass radio are most favored by our readers.

Traditional AM/FM broadcast stations, sometimes called terrestrial radio in today’s segmented digital market, remain a dominant player in local and national syndication markets. Many of these established outlets also stream their signal online, where they find listeners both within and beyond their transmission reach.

Then you have stations that are only available as online streams, or from satellite providers, both radio and television. Many cable TV providers also offer multiple themed channels of recorded music, and several shows make their audio available after the fact as a podcast.

How do you listen to bluegrass music? Choose as many options as apply.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Ken Hamilton
  • Dennis Jones

    Bluegrass “radio”…including satellite broadcasting, which in the US is pretty much a monoply of Sirius/XM, Music Choice and Muzak can only be heard this way…

    Radio is the transmission of signals through free space by electromagnetic waves with frequencies significantly below visible light, in the radio frequency range, from about 3 kHz to 300 GHz.[1] These waves are called radio waves. Electromagnetic radiation travels by means of oscillating electromagnetic fields that pass through the air and the vacuum of space.

    AM/FM
    Each system contains a transmitter. This consists of a source of electrical energy, producing alternating current of a desired frequency of oscillation. The transmitter contains a system to modulate (change) some property of the energy produced to impress a signal on it. This modulation might be as simple as turning the energy on and off, or altering more subtle properties such as amplitude, frequency, phase, or combinations of these properties. The transmitter sends the modulated electrical energy to a tuned resonant antenna; this structure converts the rapidly changing alternating current into an electromagnetic wave that can move through free space (sometimes with a particular polarization).

    An audio signal (top) may be carried by an AM or FM radio wave.
    Amplitude modulation of a carrier wave works by varying the strength of the transmitted signal in proportion to the information being sent. For example, changes in the signal strength can be used to reflect the sounds to be reproduced by a speaker, or to specify the light intensity of television pixels. It was the method used for the first audio radio transmissions, and remains in use today. “AM” is often used to refer to the mediumwave broadcast band.

    Frequency modulation varies the frequency of the carrier. The instantaneous frequency of the carrier is directly proportional to the instantaneous value of the input signal. Digital data can be sent by shifting the carrier’s frequency among a set of discrete values, a technique known as frequency-shift keying.

    FM is commonly used at VHF radio frequencies for high-fidelity broadcasts of music and speech (see FM broadcasting). Normal (analog) TV sound is also broadcast using FM.

    Angle modulation alters the instantaneous phase of a carrier wave to transmit a signal. It is another term for Phase modulation.

    You can listen to Bluegrass audio streams on the internet but they are not radio.

  • Ivor Trueman

    Dennis,

    Good to hear you’re on the mend & ‘back in the saddle’!

    What about DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast)? Guess that may be a Euro-centric radio technolgy… but not that dissimilar to an internet stream?

    Whatever, glad to hear the 24k “Goin’ Cross The Mountain” stream – always a blast!

    Cheers

    Ivor