Italian Radio Stations List for

Fabio, an Italian user of, wrote to me the other day with couple of suggestions and a huge configuration file with 150 Italian radio stations.

According to Fabio, the list contains 40 of the most popular Italian radio stations, along with radio station from where he used to live in north Italy.

In his post, Fabio also describes a useful tip he uses. He used the configuration file to number his favorite stations, thus allowing him even easier way to listen to them. E.g. 1 3

Previously, Henrikan compiled a .radiopy file containing some 58 Swedish radio stations.

If your a reader and you’ve compiles a .radiopy file you would like to share, send a link along with short description and I’ll gladly publish it. Station List Patch

Some of the stations in changed the URLs or their streams. The patch updates the stream URLs of three stations: Galgalatz, Galatz and Radius.

To apply the patch and update, open a terminal and cd to the directory where you installed it. Type the following commands in the terminal (If you installed as root, you’ll need to run the commands as root too).

$ wget ""
$ patch <
$ rm – An Easy Interface for Listening to Radio under Linux

This new release of brings more predefined stations and the much wanted recording feature. is a python wrapper for mplayer, designed to provide an easy-to-use interface for listening to radio from the command line. And indeed using is very easy, just pass the station name. Classic FM

To read more about and the existing features go to – a Wrapper Script for Listening to Radio in Linux.

New stations in this release include Ram FM, Classic FM, Radio Caroline and update to all the radioIO stations. So overall this version of comes with 81 predefined stations. To see the full list of recognized station run --list. If your favorite station is still missing you can add via configuration files, ans described in here. If you will send a comment with the name of the stations and its website, I’ll add it to the next release.

The other important new feature is the ability to record radio streams to mp3 directly from This is done using the --radio command-line switch. For example the following CNN --record cnn.mp3

will record the radio stream of CNN to a file called cnn.mp3. To stop recording just press ‘q’. This option also be used with the --sleep and --wake-up to time your recordings. For example if you want to record a show that start in 30 minutes and is 60 minutes long you should do BBC1 --record bbc1.mp3 --wake-up 30 --sleep 60

You can download the new version from here. Installation is pretty straight forward, just untar the archive and put the some where in your path (e.g. /usr/local/bin/) and the package is installed.

As always if you want new stations added to the next release, send a comment with the station details (at least name and website).

UPDATE 14/12/2008: I’ve changed the download link to point to‘s SourceForge project page. – Listening to Radio the Easy Way

Update: 0.5 is available. is a little script that makes it very easy to listen to radio under Linux (and maybe other OSs too) with mplayer. All you need to do is to call with the name of the station you want to listen to. For example: Radio Paradise
or BBC3
To read more about go to the first post discussing

What’s New

Here are some of the things that have changed in compared to the previous release (0.3). Continue reading – Listening to Radio the Easy Way – a Wrapper Script for Listening to Radio in Linux

Download radio-0.3.tar.gz.

Update: is now available.

I like listening to music and radio while working, and fortunately there are numerous ways to do that. Unfortunately, most ways that allow you to listen to radio are very resource consuming/memory hogs (such as listening to streaming-media via web-browsers) or very unfriendly to users (listening via mplayer for example). So, I set out to find a way that will use as little system resources as possible while keeping it user-friendly. One other requirement that I had, that I will be able to do all that from the command-line, so it will work great with GNU Screen and won’t require an X server (if I work without one).

I used for some time mplayer for listening to radio. I had a file with a list of web-radio streams URLs which I would copy and pass to mplayer -playlist. This method answered two of the requirements (minimal resources and command-line interface), but wasn’t really user friendly. So, I wrote a little wrapper script in python around mplayer – After quick installation (download and extract the tar archive and copy to somewhere in you PATH), will allow you to listen to stations easily, and it will also do couple more things for you.

To listen to a station just call with the station’s name, e.g. in the command-line enter BBC1 to listen for BBC radio channel 1. To view a list of know stations run --list. Currently there aren’t many stations (just stations I thought that are needed or I listen to). You can easily edit to add new stations (the script is documented and very clear). If you do so, please write a comment or email me so I will be able to add those stations to next release by default.

So, as you seen allows you to easily listen to radio, as easy as writing the station’s name. But, as I said, it can do more things that I thought should be in a radio script. It has both a sleep feature (that turns off the radio after specified amount of time) and a wake-up feature (that starts the radio after a specified amount of time). This two features can be used together, and practically allow you to use as an alarm clock.

You can find more information about options by calling --help. I hope you will find this script useful as I do.