Night Sky Radio first began broadcasting on this date* in 1995, as one of the first internet-only radio stations. Streaming began with some of the best then-current songs and then broadened into wider genres and even discussion formats. With a stunning grand total of 4 listeners. But onward the station pressed, much like the PLAY button in the booth.
There were interruptions in service and periods of dormancy… in fact, Night Sky Radio has been off the air more than on. But since 2012, the station has been streaming continuously. And since then our average listener count has broken two digits.
Here’s a look back at the first four songs ever broadcast on Night Sky Radio…
POE: “Hello” – a fitting introductory song, and it’s about computer hacking. How appropriate for an internet station –
ALICE IN CHAINS: “Heaven Beside You”– AIC has always been a favorite band around the station, who had just released their new (and final featuring Layne Staley) album at the time, this wintery song was soon released as a single but was already being played on radio stations –
THE BEATLES: “Christmas Time Is Here Again” – The Beatles Anthology had just come out and this song from 1967 was on the B-Side of the just-released “Free As A Bird” single. Also, it was only days before Christmas, so it had to be on the list –
COLLECTIVE SOUL: “December” – Take a guess.
Thanks for listening all these years, and looking forward to many more.
Just for fun, take a look at how Night Sky Radio appeared in 1995.
* Which later became significant for other reasons as well. Naturally, we celebrated at the station.