Jerry used to be able to listen to Leo's show on his phone, but he hasn't been able to lately. Leo says that there are dozens of ways to listen to the show and he recommends iHeartRadio to do so. What's happened is that many radio stations have opted not to provide their own streams due to cost. They are more in favor of having it stream from a central app, which is iHeartRadio. Jerry can also listen through TWIT.tv.
Wally recently bought a Tesla Model X. It's a great car, but he can't get AM radio. Leo says that electric motors in the car generate too much interference, according to Tesla. But Leo doesn't buy that since the Model S has an AM radio. It also has streaming radio through the car's LTE connection and he can listen to TWiT's live stream before the radio station even gets it. It's on TuneIn. He could also connect his iPhone via Bluetooth and stream iHeartRadio.
Ray can't get a decent AM radio signal where he lives. What can he do? Leo says that streaming is a better option. He can stream using iHeartRadio, Tune In, or even just going to a station's website. Or he can get a better AM antenna that he can plug into his radio. CCrane is the best place to go.
Another idea is to get an Amazon Echo Dot, hook it up to the stereo, and then listen to radio that way.
Steven discovered that when he listens to satellite radio on his phone and puts it near his radio, he can hear it come through on the radio? Leo says that's crazy and isn't quite sure how that could be happening. Wouldn't it be cool if it were possible to do that regularly?
Joe wants to know why his car radio doesn't have a capability like TIVO, where it can record what he's listening to and allow him to rewind it. Leo says that CCrane's CC Witness is a portable radio recorder that does that. It's $149.
Leo recommends downloading and listening to podcasts of most radio programs for free as a better alternative to this.
Ann had the problem with AT&T cutting her copper and she's been complaining about it and forced them to reconnect it. Leo says that AT&T has a vested interest to move everyone to digital and get them off universal lifeline access. But what they are doing is illegal and we must remind them of that fact rather forcefully.
Fernando had been watching Leo and Tech TV on the C-Band in Mexico. He's wondering what the Right On the Air sign that sits behind Leo is all about. It has a 70's hippie look to it. It comes from an old San Francisco radio station, KKSF, when Leo moved to the area. He was on a station called Clock FM that bought KKSF. The transfer of ownership happened at noon, and the DJ from the rock station played Blue Oyster Cult before walking out the door. Leo then came in to start playing some Neil Diamond song, and he asked the rock DJ if he could keep the On the Air sign. He said he could.
Charlie goes to local baseball games and they stream the announcing of the game over the internet. He'd like to be able to beam it via Bluetooth for people to listen to it on their smartphones. Leo says that he can't really do that because of its limited range. It's only 30 feet. He could set up a small, micro power radio station. Or he can just stream it and people can listen to the stream on their smartphones. Bluetooth is just too limited in range. And even if the range wasn't an issue, a transmitter can only handle so many pairings. It's not designed to work with many devices.
Velma would like to grab audio clips and use them to teach English as a second language (ESL). Leo says that Applian makes ReplayRadio. It will let her schedule and record radio that will do the job nicely.
Leo says that podcasts are a great resource for that as well. And there's a broad variety of topics, to accents, and more.
Chris wants to get his mom an internet radio, but his mom is resistant. Leo says that radio is alive and well, but the cool thing about internet radio is that she could listen to a station from anywhere in the world. Most stations have live streaming online, but she'll need internet access to do it.