Pureplay of the Day: Golden Hits Radio

golden hits radioIt’s New Year’s Eve, and the question is this: Look back, or look forward? Sentiment or anticipation? Today’s POTD is a glance back — Golden Hits Radio, a good party station for an at-home gathering with friends if you’re [ahem] of a certain age.

Capriciously calling itself WGHR in the website address, this pureplay streams a pleasing combination of carefree and nostalgic classic rock. It’s on all day here at the RAIN editorial office, and we’ve heard The Doors, Rufus Thomas, Kool and the Gang, Eddie Money, The Brothers Johnson, Stephen Bishop, and much more. At one point, we noticed the playlist log threw up a picture of Bing Crosby singing Adeste Fidelis, but actually the stream was playing Mustang Sally. And it wasn’t the Bingster. We swear, we haven’t started drinking yet.

The station was founded by Ron Lisk, who nurtured a lifelong love of radio and classic rock in college and with an indie low-power station before webcasting came along. Lisk carefully curates the programming, with an emphasis on requests — enter yours on the site. Aside from that, the website doesn’t contain much content, but it has the most important pureplay feature, a pop-out player (furnished by the LoudCity platform).

Happy New Year with classic rock!

Brad Hill