Radiooooo has a lot of “o’s” (5 in total if my math is right). And like the spelling, this isn’t your typical radio — it’s a radio that let’s you travel back in time and check out tunes that were around in the early through late 1900’s. You get to choose songs based on the country in which they were released, which is really cool.
When I entered the web app on my computer, a 1980’s song from Rwanda started playing automatically. I clicked over and decided to see what 1960’s Australia had to offer.
It was remarkably similar to what you would hear in 1960’s United States — upbeat rock vibes. Tanzania offered some nice classical tunes in the early 1900’s. Overall, Radiooooo offers a highly unique set of songs available to choose from, and it helps you appreciate the diversity of musical tastes and talents around the world.
Radioooooo, however, is not without its faults.
The website does say the project is in beta, and it shows in some areas. Users can upload their own songs, and anytime they contribute content, there are challenges about auditing the content for child-friendliness. I stumbled upon a “Dr. Dre” song from the 1990’s U.S. catalog that contained explicit lyrics.
Regardless of your personal preferences for “Dr.,” most parents will agree it’s probably not something a child should listen to. Especially anyone under the age of 14. I didn’t find any other egregious songs, but it’s something they are going to have to monitor on a regular basis.
Overall, exploring the world through music and time is a REALLY great idea. The site has a nice, easy-to-navigate interface and an enjoyable user experience. All they need to do is monitor the user uploads and it’ll be a great experience for kids!
Radiooooo is a Genius idea, but it needs some work before its ready for primetime.