Growing up I was exposed to a good deal of talk radio. As a youngster in Chicago my grandparents had WGN on and my mom had WLS on. Both AM, of course. It was not at this time I even knew the something called FM even existed. Once I became a teenager I began to enjoy certain various shows I started to record them on cassette tapes. Boy did I have quite the collection at one time.
I joined the military the my first duty station was Charleston, South Carolina. Due to being the lowest ranking person in the shop at first I was immediately put on third shift. Which was from 11:00 pm to 8:00 am. As so started my exposure to late night /overnight talk radio. Boy was were my eyes opened to yet another whole new world out there. Suddenly, here I was working with a mix of fellow youngsters and older civilian employees. For the first year of being stationed there I become intimately familiar with Art Bell and his Coast to Coast AM radio show.
After leaving the military in order to go to college this new and exciting development called the internet came into existence. Suddenly I was no longer tied to just AM radio. With the introduction of Broadcast.com, thank you Mark Cuban, you were able to access radio shows from around the whole US. Eventually, it became the entire world. I could not have been more excited. As software evolved and a more robust internet infrastructure the offerings of talk radio and radio in general become quite large.
Fast forwarding a few years later the talk radio offerings available is a virtual buffet available to consumers. Today, my interest in various shows is rather broad and the local stations where I live either don’t carry a majority these shows. After trying multiple set-ups to capture these shows I came across a wonderful website. This being www.dar.fm. At first I would let record these shows and then go home and listen to them on my computer. I rolled with that for about two years. Then I got an Android powered smart phone and installed Astro Player with the DAR.FM plug-in installed.
Now I can have my shows with me where I go and I am also able to delete shows and fast forward through comercials from my online storage on DAR.FM So, if you enjoy radio as much as I do please take a look at www.dar.fm.