Internet Radio Gives Goth A Sanctuary

Due to a boo-boo during the installation of XM radio in Rocks Off's car, we know longer have a terrestrial radio antenna in our Matrix. Due to the fact that XM became about as empty and mindless as terrestrial radio shortly after the merger with Sirius, we no longer have satellite radio either.

On the Monday after President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden we glared at our silent radio wishing that we could tune into the AM dial and hear a bit of talk radio on so monumental an occasion, the only time in the last four years we have ever missed traditional radio programming.

Music in our house is provided almost exclusively through iPod and iPhone. The CDs that we haven't uploaded but won't throw away sit in boxes in a closet. Radio shows we like are available via podcast, or better yet through streaming Internet radio. The format has finally become what it was always hyped to be, and we couldn't be happier because it means that we are constantly plugged into DJ Rob and his goth station Sanctuary Radio

Rob started out as a club DJ at the tender age of 16 in the UK back in the mid-1980s. Siousxie, The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy, and many more of the now-legendary spooksters were in their heyday dropping iconic songs and looks like they were spare changed from a ripped pocket.

It would be 10 years before Rob would begin tackling the transition from dance floors to airwaves. Rob saw the potential in internet radio, the ability for direct control free of corporate conglomerate as well as the ability to instantly and effortlessly reach the entire wired-in world. 1995 was the year he began using his best playlists to put together Sanctuary Radio.

Unfortunately, many factors stood in his way. Internet radio popularity has only come into its own with the advent of the mobile phone industry's ability to take such things on the go. Also of course, the cost of such an endeavor was daunting in the early days of the internet, and indeed remains so today.

"We are 100 percent commercial-free," says DJ Rob. "The hardest part is the fundraising so we can stay on the air. I hate hate hate having to ask for any money. I wish we could just do this and not have to worry about money. Our listeners have been awesome though and do step up each month with their generous donations. We couldn't do Sanctuary Radio without any of them. And we really never want to run ads and ruin what we have now."

Despite the cost, Rob was able to retire from club DJing in 2005 and launch what has become one of the best goth music stations in the world as a full-fledged, 24/7 radio entity. Sanctuary maintains both a main station, where we are currently enjoying the Bauhaus bass line and blatant masturbation references She Wants Revenge's "These Things," as well as a Resurrection channel specializing in forgotten tracks from the golden age of goth.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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