One of the many advantages of working at home is that you and you alone get to choose what radio station or music to listen to during working hours. Radio is a wonderful medium, a window to the world. And as you are constantly online, you have an almost limitless choice of stations to listen to.
Although it depends of course from person to person, I myself like background music a lot while working, except perhaps when I am dealing with a particularly complicated piece of text that requires all of my attention.
Even if there is an exuberant amount of possible radio stations to listen to, I usually limit myself to five or six stations, most of them foreign. I only listen to radio stations from my own country in my car or in case there is some special programming I am interested in.
As it might provide some inspiration, these are the stations I listen most to:
The two stations I listen most to are RLVW and P4 ballade.
RLVW is a local Flemish station that only plays 80s music. It has a large music database which means you don’t get to hear the same songs over and over again. The only downside to the station is that it ignores the 12inches and remixes which are so typical for the eighties, and that it announces which songs it will play the next hour, which eliminates the element of surprise.
I also like listening to British stations. When I prefer some speach and short news between the nice songs, then my choice is British radio station Heart.
When I want some more and other eighties music, I turn to Dutch RAM FM.
I’m also very fond of soundtracks. The most beautiful can be found at Dutch AVRO Klassiek Film.
Finally, if I want to hear a bit of everything, then Dutch Radio 10 is a must-have station.
Of course I also listen to music on my hard drive. I prefer female singer-songwriters who put emotion and meaning in their songs, such as Flemish An Pierlé and Norwegian Maria Mena or piano music by wonderful Kendra Springer.
So, what stations do you listen to at work?