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What can I do with a Baofeng UV-82 ham radio?

For reasons lost to history, I put a Baofeng UV-82 handheld ham radio on my Amazon wish list list one day. I then forgot about it entirely. Many months later, my mom bought it for me as a Christmas gift (in a delightful fire engine red). However: I have no idea what to do with a radio like this, or even really how to begin learning about what the ham radio scene is like in 2017. (I live in Brooklyn, NY, if that's relevant). What do people do with cute little walkie-talkies these days? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Jan 8, 2017 - 11 answers

Looking for digital audio of "Radio Free Dixie"

Radio Free Dixie was a musical/political program that was broadcast out of Cuba in the early 1960s (Wikipedia). You can find a few snippets on Youtube, and a few other places online but in general, it seems that archives of the show are either not digitized or very hard to find. Perhaps someone else has better Google-Fu than me and can help find some more! [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Jan 4, 2017 - 4 answers

Turn On, Tune In, Curse Interference

Help me find benchmark stations on the shortwave bands (5.90 - 10.00 MHz & 11.65 - 18 MHz), so I can figure out how to receive stations with my tiny shortwave receiver. Bonus: I also live 750 meters from a very strong AM station's broadcast antenna, and receive interference from it. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Dec 29, 2016 - 11 answers

Podcast recommendations that are like dudely trashy TV?

I'm trying to get my dad into podcasts, so I'm looking for suggestions for podcasts he might enjoy. Can you recommend podcasts that he might dig, based on his interests? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Dec 24, 2016 - 23 answers

Any RC enthusiasts out there?

Looking for a high quality RC 4x4 truck under $200 for my 9 year old son. I know nothing about these things!
posted by jeffmac on Dec 10, 2016 - 3 answers

Favorite episodes of radio shows/podcasts

I like listening to This American Life while doing my PT exercises. I've been going through the favorites section, and it's pretty great. Do you have any favorite episodes of other shows to recommend? (I'm a total podcast newbie and "listen to RadioLab" is a bit overwhelming, hence specific episodes) [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Dec 7, 2016 - 33 answers

I hear voices. Please make them stop.

I'm getting radio interference on my desktop monitors, and am assaulted by some sports talk show constantly whenever I'm not playing anything that would drown it out. As a result, I am reluctant to turn them on, and do so only infrequently, and am missing out on the full experience of shrooming dog videos on Facebook. They're Yamaha HS50s, connected to a Behringer mixer with 1/4" cables, and the power in my apartment is not grounded. Every time I try Googling this issue myself, I have a confused. Please tell me what to do to to fix this before I learn something about sports and/or throw the speakers through the window!
posted by univac on Dec 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Pro Wrestling/Politics Question.

So, I've been rereading Shot in the Heart, by Mikal Gilnore, brother of the murderer Gary Gilmore. In one anecdote, the author describes the family, living in late 50's - early '60's Portland, Oregon, going to the local pro wrestling matches. They describe razzing and then befriending on of the grapplers, who wore a skull mask as part of his costume. The Gilmore says that now, the wrestler is a local conservative radio/TV show hero. Who's he talking about?
posted by jonmc on Nov 27, 2016 - 7 answers

radio tech nerds! your bat signal!

Hi. I have a question about the FCC assignment of radio frequencies in the early 20th c. U.S. I know three things that I can't resolve, probably because I have only dipped into this lightly (and really can't get stuck in right now). [more inside]
posted by listen, lady on Oct 21, 2016 - 7 answers

Help! Podcast about British guy deceived by "Claire"??

Hi MeFi! I can't remember where I heard a podcast about a British guy who ends up in NYC, meets "Claire" on a dating site (I think?), and then proceeds to have a beautiful intellectual relationship with her only to have her start getting horribly sick. Turns out it's a giant hoax she is playing on him just for fun... any ideas?! Thanks!
posted by LemonGardot on Sep 24, 2016 - 1 answer

What should I listen to after Mind Webs?

Subsequent to this post (thanks, Iridic!), I decided to give Mind Webs a try. This morning, I listened to the last episode. What now? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Sep 22, 2016 - 3 answers

Making the leap from amateur to professional - engineering

I've been looking for some time now for a new career path - beyond just "whatever job I can get right now" and into something secure, with a future and where I've got a genuine interest. I've worked in the non-technical side of radio broadcasting in the past, and radio technology (through ham radio) has been my hobby for many years. I'm wondering about turning RF engineering into a career but I'm unsure where to start. Help! [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Sep 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Mmmm bop. Tween edition.

What are your tween's recommendations for Essential Pop Music Tracks for Summer 2016? My second-grade daughter is a nerd (apple, tree, hi) but her buddies seem to know all the latest songs. I'd love to build out a mix/playlist for them all to rock out to. But what goes on it? Taylor Swift? Is Adele too grownup? Is One Direction still a thing? Specific tracks recommended by actual kids (or grownups who know these things) would be very appreciated!
posted by nkknkk on Aug 10, 2016 - 20 answers

Should I Try to Indeminfy?

I'm working on a book about the public radio pledge drive. I'm looking at how and why they work as they do and what might be done to make them work better. I'll be referring to specific examples of what I think are weaknesses in how stations conduct them and how those practices, in turn, annoy listeners and hurt drive effectiveness. Does that mean I have to identify the stations? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Name that Tune!

Mr. Darling found a video on YouTube of a gentleman driving his 1959 Mercury and the perfect song is playing on the car's radio. The question is, what is the tune?
posted by tafetta, darling! on Jun 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Looking for amusing advice podcasts

I'm looking for podcasts where the host and/or guests take listener calls or letters and answer them, but in a funny way. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 25, 2016 - 14 answers

Online Old-Time Radio Streams

I'm looking for some good radio streams from the early part of the 19th century. I love to have it on in the background during the day. [more inside]
posted by Gargantuantoe on Jun 12, 2016 - 10 answers

I am looking for a way to download and convert realplayer files.

I am a fan and subscriber of the site Reelradio.com. It's a site of old airchecks. Presently I must listen to the airchecks while on the internet which they link to realplayer. Is there a way to download these files directly onto my Mac computer? They probably do want their subscribers to do this so I'm throwing this out to the hive. When I click the links a .rm file opens and allows me to play it using realplayer
posted by citybuddha on Jun 5, 2016 - 3 answers

Station Question

Radio station WOSB-FM is one of four repeater stations owned by Ohio State University. The others are WOSE-FM, WOSV-FM and WOSP-FM They are all retransmitting WOSA-FM, which is OSU's classical music flagship station. WOSA was created so WOSU-FM could broadcast NPR news and other programming. Oddly, WOSU is also not listed as an NPR member station. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jun 3, 2016 - 9 answers

Good clock radio for listening to NPR Morning Edition

I'd like to be able to listen to NPR Morning Edition seamlessly as I walk around the house in the morning and I don't want to wear headphones. Thus I am looking for a clock radio that a) gets good radio reception, b) can be programmed to automatically switch on at 7am and off at 9am, and c) is relatively inexpensive so I can afford one for each room (I'll need about five, I think). Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline on May 19, 2016 - 12 answers

(Not) London calling

I'm looking for interesting and fun podcasts and other stuff to listen to during my boring ~30 minute each way daily commute in the car. I'd like recommendations specifically from outside the UK, but in English. Preferences and likes/dislikes inside! [more inside]
posted by winterhill on May 19, 2016 - 19 answers

Understanding FOIA responses from the Governmetn

I am working on a book about the public radio pledge drive, and I FOIAed federal agencies I thought might have given money to individual public radio stations or to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB redistributes federal money to stations via a Congressionally mandated 75/25 split. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on May 13, 2016 - 7 answers

Gimme your favorite weird sci-fi/horror/etc samples for my radio show!

I've been using snippets and samples of sci-fi/horror/weird movies for station IDs on the weird late night radio show I do. I'm bored with the current crop... help me find some new stuff to sample! [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt on May 9, 2016 - 18 answers

Gym podcasts for the easily bored

I like listening to podcasts while exercising, but I am easily bored by both exercise and podcasts. [more inside]
posted by babelfish on May 6, 2016 - 15 answers

Why Some Online Radio Streaming Doesn't Seem to Work Well

It seems that the streams of some online radio stations don't connect or don't stay connected. I have visited a lot of public radio stations and listened to their streams and often, they will drop out and reconnect unexpectedly. By contrast, Tune-in and some of the other pass thru services seem to always connect and manage to stay connected. Is Tune-in and other services better able to shake hands with my possibly out of date browser or is the problem not with me and instead, with the stations themselves, or somewhere in the middle?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 20, 2016 - 1 answer

The State We're In

Anyone knows any way I can still get the audio files of the show's episodes? I'm desperate. [more inside]
posted by pos on Apr 19, 2016 - 2 answers

Need help locating an NPR Story About Google

A few months ago (probably around 5-11 months ago) I recall listening to an NPR show on my way to work. I don't recall what the show was about exactly, but the gentleman who was being interviewed (or sharing his story) specifically mentioned something about Google. I don't recall if he was an employee, had worked there, or just knew about it. [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Apr 9, 2016 - 5 answers

Why would or wouldn't a state legislature support public radio?

Some states provide zero funding to their public radio stations (either directly or via state education funds like, to colleges) while others give a lot (last year, Georgia gave public radio almost 15-million dollars). Who decides, the legislature or the voters, whether or not to support public radio in a state?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 8, 2016 - 4 answers

Complete the sequence: WFMU, KFJC, W_ _ _ , K _ _ _, ...

Are there any other "free form" and eclectic radio stations that stream besides WFMU and KFJC? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Apr 6, 2016 - 43 answers

Best Emergency Radio?

Looking for an emergency radio with all of these features: 1. SAME capability, so I can choose the county and the specific types of NOAA alerts I want to receive; 2. Adjustable volume; 3. Can be plugged into the wall 24/7 and makes a sound when alerts come in; 4. Can be grabbed in an evacuation and relied upon to receive alerts using battery power, solar power, hand cranking; 5. Can charge a cell phone. [more inside]
posted by TheOptimizer on Mar 20, 2016 - 5 answers

GG Allin on the radio - fact or fiction?

Decades ago, when I was working at a college radio station in Canada, I was told that after GG Allin's death a rogue college radio broadcaster (at a station in the Maritimes?) fully devoted his drive time slot to the art of GG Allin and the Murder Junkies. The fallout was allegedly priceless. [more inside]
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon on Mar 18, 2016 - 1 answer

The Look of Public Radio Station Websites

I've noticed that websites for many NPR stations are using the same template. But I can't find a company that is common to the templates. There are names at the bottom of some sites but there isn't one name for all sites. Is this part of an NPR requirement that all member websites have a "corporate" identity? Some cabinet level agencies within the Federal Government went through a rebranding program in the early 2000s which included making individually designed websites adopt a organization wide look and I wonder if this is what is happening with public radio stations. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Searching for a 1990s Anti-Discrimination Radio PSA

In the 90s, I spent a fair amount of time listening to AM radio in Michigan, and I would like to find transcripts or audio recordings of a series of anti-discrimination PSAs that I remember from those days. The general idea was that a boss in an office was trying to fill a job opening but kept turning applicants down because of over-the-top discriminatory reasons (the applicant was {a woman, black, handicapped, ...}), and eventually the business was unable to get anything done and maybe went out of business, because the prejudiced boss wouldn't fill these positions. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Mar 10, 2016 - 3 answers

The "You" in public radio

Pledge drives rely on talking directly to the individual which is part of how radio is personalized to each individual listener. There has been much discussion within public radio of avoiding anything that sounds like it's not talking to the individual since that makes people not feel special as individuals. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Looking for a public radio research entity.

Is there a college or university or blogger or non-profit (other than a CPB or NPR affiliated organization) that examines the operation or behavior of public radio stations? Not necessarily another news organization but something along the lines of the Electronic Freedom Foundation - like a watchdog (other than itself) that insures its coverage is fair and its function is ethical? The publication "Current" says it is independent from public radio as "Stars and Stripes" says it is independent from the military. Are there others?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 19, 2016 - 6 answers

Getting Public Radio Stations to Respond to a Survey

I have been working for about a year on a project that I expect will lead to a book about the public radio fund drive. I've asked a lot of questions here about it as I've tried to figure out how to approach the topic. Along with focus groups (I've done two, planning a third) and a literature review I'm finishing, I need to conduct a survey of public radio stations. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Where to go after Rdio?

I was a huge fan of Rdio, and am disappointed when it is gone. I used it in part because it fit my needs so well compared to any of the other streaming services out there. Where should I go now? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Dec 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Understanding Radio Station Call Signs

I am working on a project where I am comparing NPR member stations to the list of stations at each state broadcasting association's website. I have found several cases where the same station call sign on the same band and at the same frequency is listed in two different communities. For example, Texas station KTTZ-FM 89.1 is shown by the NPR 2013 station list to be in Leander and Lubbock. Is this a mistake?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Replacement receiver for my Honda Pilot 2008. How do I begin?

I'd like bluetooth to connect my phones to it and the standard built-in one doesn't offer that. I've taken it apart to add a 3rd party AUX but that only worked for about 6 months so now I've decided to replace it all but how? When I look it mentions you need adapter cables and such? There seems to be no one-stop shop. Anyone suggest a working combo? [more inside]
posted by usermac on Nov 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me find that song

I'm trying to locate a Latin/Spanish song from a few years back with almost nothing to go on. Here's what I remember... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 19, 2015 - 3 answers

What does the beginning of "I Will Never Let You Down" sound like?

The first 15 seconds of Rita Ora's "I Will Never Let You Down" is so frustratingly familiar. Do you know what it's reminding me of? [more inside]
posted by peep on Oct 12, 2015 - 30 answers

Kid-safe news radio needed

I need to find some past news radio segments that 1) are available online, 2) will play continuously for 45-60 minutes, 3) involve no discussion AT ALL of sexual assault or any bad things happening to children, and 4) preferably would not be perceived by a religious conservative as having a strong liberal bent. I've been skimming through NPR's Morning Edition online archives but with all of the migrant crisis news it's hard to find something that I can be reasonably sure would not discuss bad things happening to children. Any ideas? Maybe a past episode of an NPR show that you know meets these criteria, or a kid-safe news program?
posted by quiet coyote on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Read to me classic stories of horror.

This Halloween, I'm going to bake myself a Halloween cake, light some candles, turn the lights off, and listen to recordings of classic horror stories read by masters of the form. Need to beef up the story list! [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Sep 21, 2015 - 16 answers

Help with Freelance Audio Production Rates

I have been asked to produce audio for a business. The audio will likely be a :30 second commercial for radio, although the client is also interested in me creating audio content for their website. Is there a freelance scale for audio production rates that either includes the costs of pre-production, production and post-production or breaks out individual charges for consulting, idea development, scriptwriting, narration, adding music and/or SFX and editing?
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 18, 2015 - 2 answers

AntennaFilter: What's this antenna for?

I came across this interesting looking (what I assume to be an) antenna in an otherwise empty lot. I'm curious to know what it might be used for and, as a bonus, why it needs to look like this as opposed to what I think of as more "typical" antenna shapes. [more inside]
posted by duoshao on Aug 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Recommendations for public radio stations?

I like public radio; I do not like the schedule of my local public radio stations. Which stations do you love? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Aug 3, 2015 - 21 answers

Leaving the phone downstairs

GadgetFilter: I no longer wish to use my phone as my alarm clock or music controller at night. I would like a wifi radio that will play Pandora & Spotify, has a sleep timer, and an alarm function - and that's it. My phone will remain downstairs. I want to be able to control the sleep timer and music from this device not my phone or ipod or anything else. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jul 17, 2015 - 7 answers

live-streaming American radio

I’m looking for some good American radio stations that live-stream through the internet. [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jul 16, 2015 - 35 answers

What are some good hyper-local community/talk radio shows?

What are some good hyper-local community/talk radio shows? [more inside]
posted by bimbam on Jul 9, 2015 - 2 answers

Name my radio show!

OK, we have a low-power community radio station starting up, and even though doing radio was never on my bucket list, it's such an exciting project (and group of people) that I've decided to get a show while there are still open slots in the schedule. The only problem is that I can't settle on a good name, and it's really important to me that I have one that works. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Jun 7, 2015 - 27 answers

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