If You Need Help…

Panasonic RF-2200 Turning MeterThe Radio Kitchen is a blog about lo-fi old fashioned terrestrial radio broadcasting using amplitude modulation (on medium wave and the shortwave bands). You’ll find that most posts actually contain audio files relevant to the subject matter discussed in each entry, while others may concern radio topics: radio reception, audio archiving, and general news related to AM and shortwave radio broadcasting. As far as how you might deal with the content here, you have choices…

  • Reading – No post will be without a brief discussion or synopsis of some kind. Whether you have the time or patience to actually listen to the attending audio, this site will attempt to offer interested folks some information and insight into AM & shortwave broadcasting. If this topic interests you, hopefully you will find something here worth reading once in a while.
  • Reading and streaming – For most, this should be the easiest and most complete way to experience this blog. Like YouTube and thousands of sites out there today, The Radio Kitchen is “flash” enabled. As long as you have a working (and relatively current) flash installed (which you can download here), it should be quite simple to access the media on the blog. To hear the recordings offered on the site, simply clicking on the “Audio MP3” icons should open up a simple player which will immedietly start streaming the audio content to your computer. Thanks to the lo-fi reality of this type of broadcasting, these audio files can be encoded at very low rate with almost no loss in quality. What that means is that even if you only have a dial-up connection, you should still be able to stream (or download) the audio contents provided here. Another tip: If you want to listen to audio from the site while browsing the web, you can leave the blog open in a (background) tab while opening another site or search engine in new tab (Tabbed browsing is avaiable by default with the Firefox and Opera, and with the latest IE browser).
  • Reading and downloading – Besides streaming, you can also download and keep the audio files included here, and listen to them (on your computer or MP3 player) at your convenience. As far as using a PC, I can tell you how to easily download the audio files included here. With Mozilla Firefox, right-click on the download link and left-click on “Save Link As…” Using Internet Explorer, right click on the download link and left-click on “Save Target As…” The Safari browser requires a right click and then left-clicking on “Download Linked File.” And with Opera, it’s also a right-click and a left-click on “Save target as…” If you have a Macintosh computer, congratulations. Your computer is much probably more shiny and attractive than mine, and please don’t think less of me. However, you have one mouse button. Do your mouse clicking magic (whatever that is) and choose an appropriate download dialogue for your browser from the above choices, and have at it.
  • Interaction and contribution – As a visitor, you’re welcome to read and/or listen (or download the audio if you like), and I encourage you to offer feedback as a comment to the post. Thoughtful input can make this a better site for all concerned, and can make a difference in how the material here is presented and discussed. But please, keep your commentary germane to the post itself. While I’m all about having fun and fooling around, spamming and abusive or irrelevant tirades will not be tolerated. Why waste time? Let’s discuss. Soon, I hope to make this blog even more interactive. My initial hope for this site was to offer visitors a simple and practical method of posting radio recordings themselves, with accompanying blog posts. The fact is I’m awaiting some developing technology to make this a reality. As soon as this functionality is available to me, I’ll make it known here.

Meanwhile, if you want to know more about what this site is about, you can read more about that here. And while I’m waiting for a more simple interface to allow reader contributions to his blog, there’s a number of ways you can contribute radio recordings to the Radio Kitchen blog (And if you have audio content you think might worth posting here, please do write). All that said, I offer no promises that I’ll post any particular audio contribution, only that they’ll be considered individually as to whether I think they might be of interest to readers here. And if you are seriously considering offering audio for the blog, you should check out this page where I discuss in more detail what kind of contributions I’m looking for. Any other questions (or problems) you might have regarding The Radio Kitchen, please use this contact form to send me an email.

And I have a similar lo-fi audio blog which features found sound and amateur recordings– The Audio Kitchen. The functionality and philosophy for both is just about the same.

I hope this helps

The Professor