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History and Design

“I couldn’t find anything (on the radio) I wanted to listen to.”

R. Hodge

The brainchild of Rusty Hodge, SomaFM (www.somafm.com) first came online in early 2000 with a single 56Kbps live stream. His site’s popularity soon convinced him to upgrade his authoring computers, increase the number of programs and bit rate channels, and move the servers to a co-location facility. Less than a year after it began, SomaFM had a SHOUTcast-sponsored repeater service allowing 500 additional concurrent streams. But even that hasn’t been enough. Recent peak statistics showed 2,141 simultaneous users and, according to SHOUTcast figures, SomaFM has more than 100,000 listeners per month. Not bad for a streaming Web site with no advertising, no deep pockets, and only word of mouth promotion.


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