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What's that radio station?

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The builders next door are listening to the radio, which is playing an unending stream of great 80's hits. This makes me think there ought to be a sort of Shazam service to identify radio stations. So, after listening to one or two songs and comparing with all other stations available on local FM/DAB bands this would tell you what station you were hearing.
hippo, Jul 10 2015

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       That is not a bad idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 10 2015
  

       Idea, that is not a bad.
Voice, Jul 10 2015
  

       ...now playing Soul II Soul "Back to Life"
hippo, Jul 10 2015
  

       Back in the days when we all had a knob, instead of buttons, it would have been quite a lot easier to do a manual scan through (via the inevitable fat lady opera singer heard singing a sustained high note every time the wavebands are tuned through).   

       I’ve gone from DAB back to FM last year. With several radios in the house, if they're all on DAB you’re kind of ok, but if they’re all on FM they’re all in sync, so you don’t need a lot of volume, just lots of radios wherever you go. Multiple DAB radios of differing manufacture may not be in sync, and if some are on FM and others on DAB, it’s terribly disconcerting!   

       And another thing — you can’t just buy an FM radio with a handful of preset station buttons on any more. They all have a tuning presets or station presets button first, then a separate way of giving it some numerical information regarding which particular preset you would have pressed if there were more than one preset button. And then sometimes there necessitates a further way of telling the radio that you really meant it.   

       By the way, for digital radio, DAB is awful. The best broadcast quality (in terms of bitrate) is surprisingly Freeview! And most people have such a DVB-T or DVB-T2 tuner sitting there under the telly, already paid for. It beats Freesat as well as certainly beating DAB. It is more or less agreed that FM is actually superior to DAB (unless your FM reception happens to be compromised). Most DAB uplinks are starved of expensive bandwidth as well as brick-wall compressed (again, bandwidth costs).
Ian Tindale, Jul 10 2015
  

       hmm... why not pick up the frequency from the radio, itself ? It used to be illegal to operate an FM radio on an airplane, for fear it would mess up the aircraft controls.
FlyingToaster, Jul 10 2015
  

       Or, deploying the deepest of black hat hacking techniques — go and ask them.
Ian Tindale, Jul 10 2015
  

       What's a Radio? - ha (actually I still use my classic Bush radio with no FM) and I will NEVER use DAB - crap, puny signal compared to FM (I have a great Roberts FM radio too - British of course)
xenzag, Jul 10 2015
  

       How do you know it's a radio station?
tatterdemalion, Jul 10 2015
  

       Perhaps this app could simply wait for the station ident and match it up with known station idents. Or wait for the station ident and wreck a nice beach.
Ian Tindale, Jul 10 2015
  

       The real problem is that there are too many stations on the wireless. Why it was considered necessary to supplement the Home Service with crass - even commercial! - broadcasts is quite beyond reasoning.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 10 2015
  
      
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