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Internet Killed The Radio Star

Radio broadcasts over the Internet

This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Choose your own musical adventure: You can listen to the local mega-alternative radio station play the same heavy-rotation MTV crap. Or tune into the free-form Net channel for Johnny Cash, hip-hoppers A Tribe Called Quest, Frank Zappa, and a collaboration between anarchist pranksters Chumbawumba and Negativland. God bless the Internet.

Because traditional radio has been stuck with one signal broadcasting to a regional area, easy-to-digest formats became the business model, leaving niche musicians in underground obscurity. But yet another Net revolution is well underway: Webcasters are broadcasting underground as well as on traditional programs, and the world is listening.

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