Last Call: You’ll lose hours in, a Google Earth for radio geeks

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

I’m a child of the 90s, and many nights were spent under my covers with my shortwave radio. That I could listen to a broadcast halfway around the globe felt astonishing, and brought the world to the four walls of my bedroom (this was a time when America Online was still a novelty).


Fast forward several decades, when someone introduced me to If you’ve not played with it, you may—like me—find the site a breathtaking experience. The interface is essentially Google Earth, but the data points on the map are local radio stations. One night, I remember laying down in my bed in Chicago, and with a few swipes with my thumb, took a virtual trip east via—to a radio station I used to listen to growing up in Toronto, then slowly hearing the voices turn French as I headed east to Quebec, then jumping across the pond to hear the morning chat shows on British radio, and onward through Europe, Central Asia, China, up through Eastern Russia, and back to North America, arriving back home to Illinois. I must have spent 90 minutes lost within that night. You may find yourself entranced exploring the world from underneath the covers, too.

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.



Yeap, this is how I’m spending the last few moments at the office, listening to Nirvana from a station in Blanc-Sablon, way out east in Canada.

Ooh, a station in Reykjavik is playing “The Final Countdown.”