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Radio Paradise

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Radio Paradise
Radio Paradise logo.png
CityBorrego Valley, San Diego County, California
Broadcast areaWorldwide via Internet
SloganEclectic rock
First air dateFebruary 2000 (2000-02)
FormatAdult-oriented rock, pop, electronic, world, classic hits, country, oldies
OwnerBill Goldsmith and Rebecca Goldsmith

Radio Paradise is a non-commercial listener-supported Internet radio station that offers high quality audio streams and has four curated playlists:[1] Rock Mix, emphasizing modern and classic rock; World/Etc Mix, emphasizing world and electronic music; Mellow Mix, emphasizing songs with a more relaxing tone; and Main Mix combing the three. A bit of jazz and classical music is sometimes heard as well. The station is based in the United States but has a significant international audience[2], with many of the songs and station greetings on the world mix in multiple languages. There is limited DJ commentary, with sets that can go on for hours without interruption. The station is known familiarly as "RP".

RP streams are available in multiple formats including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AAC-LC (AAC), HE-AAC (AAC+), HE-AAC v2 (AAC++ or eAAC+), WMA, and RealAudio with bitrates up to 320 kbits/s, as well as lossless compressed FLAC at 1411 kbit/s. The streams can be accessed through Apple's iTunes, the TuneIn streaming service, the "Cool Streams" playlist built into the Amarok Media Player, the Radio Roku service, the Logitech Squeezebox sound system, the iOS and Android apps for mobile phones, and on other devices.[3]

The web site allows users to rate and comment on recently played songs, and has a Listener Review Channel, consisting of songs uploaded by listeners to be considered for airplay. The players buffer the stream ahead, which allows users to skip individual tracks. The players provide detailed information on the artist being played, including data from the artist's Wikipedia page, the album cover, lyrics, distribution of user ratings, and a scrolling list of often colorful user comments.

The station has a lively online community via its song comments, forums, journals, comments section, and contests on the web site. Radio Paradise has more than 135,000 registered members and hundreds of thousands of listeners from all regions of the world [ref. needed]. As of 2019, the active play music library has over 16,000 songs and the total library size is over a million songs.[4]

The web site and playout systems use Linux and customized open-source software components for most of its sections, a system devised by Goldsmith initially for KPIG's playout system.[5][6] They also use PHP and BBCode.


The station was started in February 2000 by Bill Goldsmith and his wife Rebecca Goldsmith.[7] It was originally operated from their home in Paradise, California, from which the station derives its name. The station had relocated to the Borrego Valley (east of San Diego, California) in 2016,[8] before the town of Paradise was largely destroyed by wildfire in November 2018.

Bill has been a DJ at various stations (including KPIG, KFAT, KLRB, WCAS, and KPOI) since 1971, and has also been a radio station manager and a radio & TV engineer. In August 1995 Goldsmith inaugurated the world's first full-time webcast at KPIG using Xing Streamworks software.[9]

Radio Paradise was featured in a TIME magazine article of April 11, 2004 called "The Revolution In Radio".[10]

April 2006, RP introduced the Listeners World Map, showing the numbers and locations of listeners across the world, currently located under Help + Info/Member info[2].

In June 2006 Radio Paradise began trial runs of Octoshape for its 192 kbit/s MP3 stream. In September 2006, the station began a 128 kbit/s AAC stream. In 2012, RP began a 320 kbp/s AAC stream, and is now also offering lossless (FLAC) streaming.

Threat of the 2007 royalty rates increase

On March 6, 2007, the Copyright Royalty Board increased royalty rates, which would have raised the station's royalty fees tenfold. Bill Goldsmith spoke about this as a serious threat to the station and urged his listeners to sign an online petition to save the station. In subsequent negotiations, royalty rates were established that allowed Radio Paradise and other Internet radio stations to continue operations.[11]


  1. ^ "Radio Paradise Home". Radio Paradise.
  2. ^ a b "Who's Listening Where". Radio Pardise.
  3. ^ "Listening Options". Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Radio Paradise Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "Building and Maintaining Community". Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  6. ^ "The Promise of Radio Paradise: An Open-Source Challenge to Commercial Radio". Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  7. ^ Day, Patrick (24 December 2006). "Call it 'MyTaste'". LA Times. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  8. ^ ""Radio Paradise"". Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  9. ^ Shevett, Dave (November 27, 2004). "Interview with Bill Goldsmith of". Planet Geek!. Retrieved January 18, 2010. It's radio-as-art, rather than radio-as-marketing
  10. ^ Fonda, Daren (April 11, 2004). "The Revolution In Radio". Time Inc. Retrieved March 11, 2019. He heeds listener feedback and says the only thing he really cares about is 'playing good music'
  11. ^ Radio and Internet Newsletter, 13 July, 2007 Archived 2007-09-09 at the Wayback Machine

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