Today I found an amazing little app courtesy of Mike Sutton. The app is called Radio Garden.
Radio Garden shows a 3D model of the globe with green dots representing all the radio stations in that place, which you can then click to pick a station to listen to.
It is a project from Studio Puckey, an “experimental interactive design practice” based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Why is it cool?
Radio Garden is the confluence of three of my main interests: maps, music, and travel.
I love that you can instantly learn about a place that interests you by scrolling to the location and listening to the different radio stations there. It is literally a meeting point for all of the world’s voices.
For example, today I have listened to: a Malian dance station, Gambian pop, and a Scots Gaelic talk show from Stornoway in the Hebrides. How amazing is that?
Future of the app
My biggest concern is whether Studio Puckey can they monetise it in order to keep it alive for the future.
Could they get referral revenues for driving traffic to sites? Offer merchandise or ticket sales via the app? Perhaps just some simple adverts that are shown in a way that doesn’t adversely affect the user experience?
Whatever the route forward, I hope they figure out a way to make it financially sustainable to operate in the long term.