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Those NSA radio snoop chips, are they FCC Part 15?

Reading today’s New York Times story about National Security Agency USB hack gadgets that radio computer data back home, I immediately thought to myself: are these authorized by the Federal Communications Commission as Part 15 unlicensed broadcast/radiation devices? Or even, gulp, licensed? The Times reports that the NSA gadgets get plugged into foreign host computers […]

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Gmod video: the radio boombox as dystopian weapon

I have an RSS link to everything that YouTube produces tagged “radio,” and the strangest things come into my browser as a result. Today’s example: this Gmod video titled “radio” by Eltorro64Alt, whose work seems to be inspired by cult movie maker Alejandro Jodorowsky. In this piece the rather meaty protagonist wanders about some kind […]

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Plug.dj: six hot communities

Plug.dj has rolled out its new look and expanded community based structure. I am wandering about its corridors, marveling at the sights. Here are six of the most well attended communities as of this weekend. All of them revel in various kinds of dubstep, electronica, and sampling based themes and sounds. 1. Monstercat + Tasty […]

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WFMU’s RadioVision Festival to explore new routes to produce and sustain radio

WFMU’s RadioVision festival enters its third year this October 19 at the Scholastic auditorium in Manhattan’s SoHo. Curator Benjamen Walker said the overarching focus this year is, for radio producers and artists, “How can you stay true to yourself and find the right path?” One successful path is “what someone like (keynote speaker) Laurie Anderson […]

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Immigrant radio-to-phone service makes semi-finals in Net radio awards

Every time RAIN (the Radio and Internet Newsletter) announces semi-finalists in its upcoming Internet radio awards, I learn about some interesting new online radio service. The latest is Zeno Radio, one of four semi-finalists in RAIN’s “Best Overall Digital Strategy” category. ZenoRadio lets North Americans hook up to radio and audio from anywhere via their […]

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Portland public radio station website named number one in US

The Media Audit research group has dubbed Portland, Oregon NPR affiliate KOPB-FM‘s www.opb.org/radio “the top radio station website in the country.” The outfit’s “FYI” newsletter cites a report (presumably its) that concludes that “more than 385,000 out of a total metro population of nearly 2 million have visited the public radio station’s website in the past 30 […]

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The 1938 radio receiver that picks up text

Meet the latest innovation in digital communications technology: a radio receiver built the year that Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is a 1938 Philco console rigged by shortwave operator Gerhard, W6XH to pick up a Voice of America Radiogram. These radiograms are basically radio propelled text messages transmitted via the multiple-frequency shift […]

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