January 6, 2009 @ 08:49
It was the most joyous of Christmas's thanks to my kids.
Every year they become mildly annoyed when Christmas approaches and I don't give them any ideas about what I want for Christmas.
I usually come up with the usual dad thing and say "nothing, save your money for something important."
This year was a little bit different, while driving back and forth between Brampton and Peterborough I kept hearing a Bay-Bloor Radio commercial on the Edge talking about "internet radios'.
I found this intriguing and I wanted one and I let it be known.
I spend a lot of time checking our radio stations on line from all over the world. I think it's so cool to be able to call up any station anywhere, and within seconds be listening to it.
The problem is, or was, that do this you have to be by a PC or have your laptop open. Even the mobility of a laptop made listening to internet stations a bit of a chore because you have to find the station, then click on the listen live feature and then stream the player.
With an internet radio, there's none of that.
It sits on your night table and remains ready for action either manually or with a remote.
For it to work, you have to have wireless capability in your house, but that's the extent of it.
You simply configure the radio like you would your laptop. You lock onto your network, punch in your WEP and the radio is ready to go, and when I say ready to go, I mean ready to go.
You can choose a country by scrolling through literally every country on earth, and then you can choose a genre. Thousands of radio stations are at your disposal without having to use a computer.
Somehow this wonderful little box by-passes everything and takes your directly to any radio stations streaming system. It buffers like it does on a computer but in makes cases it takes mere seconds and offers eight pre-sets which allows you to move quickly and freely between your favourite stations.
I love the bloody thing.
Since Christmas I've listened to live talk radio out of Jerusalem, following the on-going conflict over there.
Saturday night I found a sports radio station out of San Diego that was celebrating the Chargers victory over Indianapolis.
I enjoy listening to talk radio out of New York on WABC, the Fox Radio Network and hundreds of other stations spread across this earth.
It's also handy for my work situation. While in Brampton I can listen to The Wolf and The Kruz, and while in Peterborough I can listen to Toronto radio stations. Every stinkin' one of them.
When I opened this wonderful package on Christmas morning I was "tickled pink" to begin with, but since then my love for this contraption has increased tenfold, and sometimes I just look at it and stroke it without even turning it on.
And sometimes I wonder where the saying "tickled pink" came from.
Anyway, if you're a radio junkie like I am, and you love to surf the radio net, this is the thing for you, and from what I understand, Bay-Bloor Radio is about the only place you can get them right now.
Mine is a Sanyo.
Thanks Mel, thanks Dan - you made Christmas the most joyous occasion.
Who uses the word "joyous" anymore?