Transcript of DRS-3 short report about WXYC Online
(Jan. 23, 1995, 08:40 a.m., DRS-3, Switzerland)
Listen to the Report (MP3 - 3:48)
DJ: Just recently we learned through the computer network Internet, that the university radio station WXYC is transmitting it's signal over internet worldwide. It's the first time that a radio station distributes its signal via computers worldwide. Is this the future: radio distributed worldwide over computer networks? We wanted to know more. The computer center of the university (URZ) of Basel (Switzerland) installed the necessary software especially for vitamin-3. Patrik Tschudin visited URZ. Together with Peter Zimak, informatics engineer at URZ, he sat in front of a Macintosh, connected to internet. Zimak started the software and showed, what you need to listen to WXYC in Basel.
Zimak: I have to enter the name, press return, and now this comes directly over the net from the USA to this Mac here in Basel.
Patrik: Now this doesn't sound very convincing. Why?
Zimak: These sounds are turned into computer data in the states and then transmitted over the net. This results in a big amount of data. And to transmit all these data give some problems to the net.
Music (hip hop rythm)
Patrik: You as a computer expert, how do judge this: to transmit radio over the internet?
Zimak: Completely wrong use. The net is here to communicate scientific data. For radio the best medium is still the airwaves.
end of report
DJ: This makes me really nervous to listen to this. Radio over the net: still at its very beginning.