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Radio Garden


By bringing distant voices close, radio connects people and places. Radio Garden allows listeners to explore processes of broadcasting and hearing identities across the entire globe. Thus, it celebrates human communication across borders through a growing selection of archival sources and live radio streams.

From its very beginning, radio signals have crossed borders. Radio makers and listeners have imagined both connecting with distant cultures, as well as re-connecting with people from ‘home’ from thousands of miles away—or using local community radio to make and enrich new homes.

The online platform Radio Garden introduces a new way to listen to radio online. By turning a 3D globe, you can tune in to 14,000 stations in more than 7,000 cities. At a time when most people tend to be focused on their own immediate environment, this project shows that radio has no borders and can unite the world.

Radio Garden was initially commissioned for the exhibition of the research project Transnational Radio Encounters. Instead of designing a physical exhibition that lays out a number of educational topics about the history of radio, we felt we could better show the transnational nature of radio by finding and mapping live radio to a 3D globe and having it work as a kind of radio receiver. After launching, the website was visited by over 100 million people across the world. Radio Garden currently receives approx. 200-250 thousand visitors per day. Since the unexpected success after its launch, the project has been kept alive by Studio Puckey’s daily maintenance and financial investments. In 2017, they built on the platform's content management system, allowing for outside collaborators to help adding station submissions. They also created Android and IOS mobile apps and added much requested features like favorites. In the coming year, the Radio Garden team will be working with the curator and radio enthusiast Femke Dekker on designing and researching a new curation feature where selected people across the world will be invited to create selections of stations according to different themes.


Radio Garden

The original development of Radio Garden started at Moniker, where Jonathan Puckey and Luna Maurer came up with the concept. The project was designed by Jonathan Puckey, Phillip Bührer, and Luna Maurer. The project was developed in-house by Jonathan Puckey. After leaving his role as founding partner at Moniker, Jonathan Puckey continued work on the platform in his own practice Studio Puckey. Every day we receive submissions from 50+ stations across the world. We work with a small team of volunteers to keep our station database up to date. By doing so, we have added over ten thousand stations in the last year. We actively prune out duplicate entries and check the validity of the submitted information.