Monday, November 05, 2007
A few days ago I mentioned a mysterious email that showed only today's date and a partial screenshot of a new NPR music site.
This morning NPR rolled out its new NPR Music beta, in collaboration with member stations WGBH (Boston), KEXP/KPLU (Seattle), KUT (Austin), WBGO (Newark), WDUQ (Pittsburgh), WFUV/WNYC (New York), WGUC (Cincinnati), WKSU/Folk Alley (Kent, Ohio), WXPN (Philadelphia), and American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio.
The site features separate sections on Rock/Pop/Folk, Classical, Jazz & Blues, World, and Urban music, as well as separate pages where you can discover songs, get concert info, watch studio sessions, read interviews and profiles, as well as news, reviews, and blogs. There is also a huge selection of artists (actually artists and composers) that you can browse.
Kudos to NPR and the 12 member stations for creating an online presence that can generate interest in what they have to offer, as well as highlight artists who appear on their programs. I hope that they regularly add to the array of features and content available on the site, remembering that with internet radio, their target audience is potentially much larger than those who listen to local FM signals.
Sequenza21's take on NPR Music
Another review of NPR Music on Read/WriteWeb
Compare NPR Music with other public radio sites:
CBC Radio, with links to Radio 1, 2, and 3
BBC Radio, with links to Radio 1 through 5
ABC Radio (Australia)
Radio Netherlands Worldwide (English)
Public Radio of Armenia (English)