Any computer with an internet connection can easily be turned into a global radio receiver. All it takes is some software and some tips on where to look so you, too, can listen to live radio broadcasts.What You’ll Need to Get Started

In order to turn your computer into a radio and listen online, you will need to download a player such as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer or QuickTime. Windows Media Player is already installed in the Windows operating system and should already available to all Windows users.

How Much Will It Cost?

Generally, all Internet radio is free of charge. Most radio stations described below offer free online access to music broadcasts. Most sites will ask you to sign up by providing a userid and password but, in most cases, there will not be a fee, and your information will be kept private. Occasionally, you will find a station that offers things such as higher bit rates (improved music quality), custom programming, and commercial-free listening which they offer on a fee-based model. Be sure to understand what you’re signing up for before you complete the transaction.

What’s Out There?

National Public Radio ( offers easy browsing access to find radio stations and music streams by genre. Just click on Listen and begin browsing for your preferred type of music. Other popular and easy to use sources of internet radio access include ChoiceRadio and SHOUTcast. One of the most popular internet radio sites is .You might also want to explore . Some of these sites allow you to build your own custom playlists as well as simply listen to live broadcasts.

How to Find A specific Radio Station

To listen to a specific radio station whose call sign (for example 94.9) is known by you, go to and type in the call sign. After you’ve opened the station’s website, look for a link that says Listen Live or Streaming, and follow the instructions provided by the site to get broadcast started.