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There was a time — before Netflix, Tivo and even iTunes — when radio ruled the world. Families crowded around the Zenith and tuned in to everything from presidential addresses to the adventures of “The Shadow.”

But as audio cowboys across the land are hanging up their microphones, Brooklyn still has a strong voice on the dial. GO Brooklyn adjusted its antennae and dug up the best broadcasts that the borough has to offer. Tune in and discover them for yourself.

Brooklyn College Radio

This student run station mixes genres like indie rock, top 40 pop and country with a bread-and-butter playlist of hip-hop and R&B. Politicos should tune in on Saturday afternoons at 3 pm for “Voices of Freedom,” which fuses discussion on the political issues of the day with popular music.

For information, tune in to 1090 AM or visit

BrooklynVegan onSirius Satellite Radio

Blogging and radio unite on Sirius Satellite Radio’s weekly show, “Left of Center,” hosted by popular keyboard jockeys. Music blogger Brooklyn Vegan plays indie rock from the likes of Blonde Redhead and Girls Against Boys, and often lands musical guests like Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear and Jared Van Fleet from Voxtrot.

“Left of Center” airs on Wednesdays at noon on Sirius Channel 26. may be young — it only launched in 2006 — but it has already created a strong niche. The station spans the musical gamut by streaming local DJs like Cosmo Baker and DJ Eleven with international favorites. The taste palate ranges from hip-hop, soul, funk and classics to New Orleans bounce and Bulgarian Gypsy. Find a DJ you can’t live without? Many of the old shows are archived on the Web site.


Kingsborough Community College Radio

Besides being known as the only station where you can catch Cyclones games, Kingsborough Community College Radio broadcasts a wide variety of tracks including ’80s, new wave, punk, R&B and hip-hop. Sunday nights at 7 pm, tune into Ed Caufield’s “Jazz Years,” featuring classic and contemporary jazz for over a decade.

To catch the action and music, tune to 90.3 FM.

Radio Soleil D’Haiti

Radio Soleil D’Haiti sends a signal from its Flatbush studio across the tri-state area to reach over 600,000 listeners who love Haitian music. This station is a one-stop shop for up-to-date news, teen programming, game shows, religious series and more.

For information, tune in to 97.9 FM or

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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