Another End of an Era

Absolute Radio branded cushion
Absolute Radio branded cushion (Photo credit: Abi Skipp)

A post in the WLIR Facbook group reminded me that ten years ago today, January 9th, WLIR signed off 92.7 FM.  It was a rather sad day, knowing that new music wouldn’t be heard on 92.7 anymore.

After that happened, I’ve found a number of radio stations online that seemed to fill the void, like Absolute Radio.  However, I’ve recently found out that Absolute Radio is no longer making their stream available outside the UK:

The firm said in a statement: “We do care about our [international] listeners, of course, but we are a broadcaster funded entirely by UK advertising derived from UK listening. It is, therefore, very unfortunately, not economically viable for us to continue to meet the cost of providing non-UK streams”.

Even before 2004, Absolute Radio was streaming their audio for the entire world.  Back then, they were called Virgin Radio.  I remember streaming the station in the late 1990s, before streaming music was as common as it is today.  After being able to stream this station for many, many years, it saddens me that I won’t be able to stream it anymore.  It was great while it lasted, but now it’s time to stream something else.

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