Jim Murphy has been involved in commercial radio for more than 25 years. As technology has evolved, so has his method of broadcasting. Edgewater Gold Radio is located in his home, where he uses a computer in place of a traditional studio and music is delivered through the internet, not by radio waves.
One advantage to independent internet radio is that Murphy can play a larger variety of music than a commercial radio station. He has a rotation of over 4,000 songs; a typical FM radio station rotates only 500 songs.
He likes the music he grew up with, mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. “I enjoy songs that recall moments, such as sitting on a beach with friends or attending a school dance in my teenage years,” he said.
Murphy hopes to evoke that emotional connection for his listeners by playing a mix of oldies from the 1950s through the 1980s. He adds a smattering of older standards, such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The big band and vocal jazz standards bring back memories of sitting and listening to the radio with his Aunt Marie, who always took interest in his radio career.
Edgewater Gold Radio started in 2002 when Murphy was living in Edgewater, New Jersey. He weekended in the Cape Region for more than a decade and missed the area and the sense of community when he'd leave each workweek. When he retired to Rehoboth in 2016, he brought the station with him.
The station broadcasts 24/7 year-round. Murphy can pre-schedule or go live. When he broadcasts live, he adds talk about local happenings and events to his musical mix. Murphy wants to give Edgewater Gold Radio a community focus and hopes to find a strong local listener base.
Internet radio is easily accessible from any internet-connected device. That includes a desktop computer or mobile devices. Murphy uses an app on his smartphone and demonstrated that after a few swipes and presses on the screen you can listen to his radio station.
Edgewater Gold Radio can be found online at http://s6.streammonster.com/start/edgewate, on facebook at Edgewater Gold Radio, and on Tunein and Nobex apps. Edgewater Gold Radio also has its own app, which can be found in the app store.