Radio, Audio


This page was written around the year 2000, but I will be updating it around the New Year, January 1, 2008. So much has changed, including webcasts, and I will report what's hot (and what's not), including on-line music guides, webcasts oriented towards tourists and expats, and something creative which I think you will be interested in ... though the latter might not be ready until February or so.


Thailand has been a leader in Asia in commercial radio for decades, according to international travellers of another era. Since Thais love "sanuk", radio is quite popular in the Land of Smiles. However, foreigners could use a guide to radio.

First, below is a partial list of FM radio stations in the Bangkok area. At the moment, it's a list only of stations that also broadcast by Internet, and strongly biased towards the trendy new generation -- pop. Some of my Thai friends' favorite stations are not listed. The list is also obviously incomplete in that I haven't reviewed the styles yet. I'll update this page if there's demand.

Note that if you're not in Thailand, you can still listen to many Thai radio stations via Internet, thanks to Thaicast and Intercast, as referenced in and beneath the table. If you're in Thailand, you might get better performance if you use Loxinfo as your dial-up ISP for Intercast, or KSC for Thaicast. Intercast worked better on my ISP (Internet Thailand) and PC. (Intercast plays files on RealPlayer, whereas Thaicast plays them on Windows Media Player, on my PC.) However, those in Thailand will, of course, get better quality with a regular radio with antenna because the limited Internet bandwidth in Thailand means reduction in quality of streaming audio.

Freq.

Name

Live on Internet?
(and thanks to:)

Style

Owner

88.0

Radio No Problem

InterCast or ThaiCast

Atime Media

88.5

Z FM

ThaiCast

Sky High

89.0

Fashion Radio

ThaiCast

U&I, www.uandi.co.th also 95.5, 105, 105.5

90.5

Nation

Nation

News in English

Nation Multimedia Group
(owns The Nation newspaper)

91.5

Hot Wave

InterCast or ThaiCast

Atime Media

93.5

Radio Vote Satellite

InterCast or ThaiCast

Atime Media

95.0

Luktung

InterCast

Thai country music,
not too westernized :-)

98.0

Chart FM

ThaiCast

Sky High

99.0

Sport Radio

InterCast

in Thai

100.5

MCOT

MCOT

MCOT - Thai govt.

104.0

Escati Magic Radio

Escati

Escati?

106.5

Green Wave

InterCast or Thaicast

Atime Media

107.0

Net 107

International hits, news from the BBC and Australia

none,
Internet
only

ThaiCast

ThaiCast

ThaiCast

ThaiCast's page on Internet radio stations, TV and clips is at http://www.thaicast.com/radio/live_radio.asp?column=LiveBroadcast . It's mainly in Thai script (well coded, really comes up as Thai script on my English Windows) but has enough English to be fairly useful. It also offers some pop hits to sample, which my Thai friends love.

Loxinfo's InterCast page with Internet radio and TV broadcasts was almost entirely in English and romanized Thai as of July 2000, and is also richer in resources than the ThaiCast page (in my opinion, as of July 2000), at http://www.intercast.loxinfo.co.th/ . However, the Loxinfo links often have Thai script that's not coded well, i.e., you'd better have the Thai Windows or else a Thai font loaded as the default. Has some song samples in some of the links.




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