Since the invention of the television, and various other digital technologies, many believe that the radio is not listened to with the same popularity it once was; some would go as far as to say it is not listened to at all!
Fortunately, this is not the case. In fact, because of the Internet, listening to the radio has become even more accessible. Radio stations around the world, from local political programming, to movie soundtracks, classical, or jazz from Cuba, are broadcasting online and are available with the click of a button.
Since there are so many types of stations, some older adults find it difficult to access this fairly new resource. One fantastic example is broadcast from right here, in Toronto Canada! It’s Jazz FM 91.1. With their free iPhone and iPad app (400,000 downloads to date!) and from their website, listeners can tune into their local programming from anywhere on the planet. Wow! Also, just last summer, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) launched a radio station, AARP Internet Radio with 18 channels. It’s free, simple to use, and has a variety of musical selections, from Rock n Roll, to the Classics, to Jazz, and even newer tunes. By clicking the “Music” button at the top of the page, you can select a station, an album, or style, then, just click play, and voilà! You’re ready to listen to a flurry of songs.
By streaming the stations online, this free service uses your Internet to play just like a radio. It can be accessed in the United States and in Canada. You can even continue browsing the Internet without turning off the player.
The look of the radio may have changed, from a box in your living room, to a laptop you can carry around town, but its purpose and quality remain the same. By recognizing this amazing resource, seniors can access their favourite radio stations, and music with a few simple clicks.
– Aarthy Rajah (ETAG Lead Volunteer)