London Hard Rock Station To Broadcast From Tube With Public Wi-Fi
February 12, 2015 at 12:30 PM (PT)
The heavy metal channel connected to BRITISH music magazines METAL HAMMER and CLASSIC ROCK will demonstrate the power of Wi-Fi on DJs MOOSE & JROCK's morning show.
LONDON's 150-year-old underground train network has offered Wi-Fi on platforms and in stations since 2012, connected by VIRGIN MEDIA and available on anyone's phone network.
MOOSE & JROCK will journey on a total of three tube lines, while broadcasting from 10- stations before celebrating success with a McDONALDS breakfast in STRATFORD in EAST LONDON.
According to MOOSE, the idea isn't just a stunt; it offers the template for a radio station without borders. The idea was born of a "combination of the knowledge there is a codec in Chrome and a burning desire to rid ourselves of fixed broadcast sites. TEAMROCK.COM has a global view and we want to broadcast when and where we want. CHROME and a bit of kit eliminate virtually all the logistical challenges, lead times, and costs of ISDN and satellite options.
"The broadcast will test the quality of the Wi-Fi freely available on LONDON UNDERGROUND and in McDONALDS during a peak period, so it will be a true test of how well these networks cater for the public. The aim is to show how useable Wi-Fi networks are, with any shortcomings being exposed as we go."
According to MOOSE, the back-up plan is to play the 17-minute-long "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" to "allow us to find a good connection."
Stream the show online at teamrock.com or listen on a DAB radio in the U.K. The team's underground adventure will be available online on demand for 30 days at Team Rock's catch-up service.