Q. What format do you use to stream your channels?

A. All of our channels were originally encoded using Advanced Audio Coding (AAC).  AAC+ is an audio coding standard for lossy digital audio compression. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves better sound quality than MP3 at similar bit rates. we have recently made the decision to change back to MP3 encoding due to compatibility with many devices and web players,

Q. What is the best way to listen to Pumpkin FM on a Desktop PC?

A. The best player to use on a desktop PC or laptop is Winamp. Click Here to Download a copy for your Windows PC or Click Here to Download a copy for MAC OSx

Once installed you can launch a channel in Winamp by clicking below on the streams ‘listen.pls’ link:

Pumpkin FM One:  listen.pls
Pumpkin FM Xtra:  listen.pls
Pumpkin FM Encore:  listen.pls
Pumpkin FM Crime Central: listen.pls
Pumpkin FM 4050: listen.pls
Pumpkin FM Goons & Friends: listen.pls

(Windows should ask the first time you click one of the above links which program you would like to use the open it. Select Winamp and tick the box (always use this program)


Q. What is the best way to listen to Pumpkin FM on a Mobile/ Tablet?

A. We recommend that you download the Tunein app which is available for Android, iOS & Windows Mobile devices.  Links: Android Version  Apple iOS   Windows Phone


Q. I need the stream URL / IP address for my Internet Radio

A. You can use the following to manually program your Internet Radio

Pumpkin FM One:
Pumpkin FM Xtra:
Pumpkin FM Encore: 
Pumpkin FM Crime Central:
Pumpkin FM 4050: http://listen.shoutcast.com/PumpkinFM4050
Pumpkin FM Goons & Friends: http://listen.shoutcast.com/PumpkinFMTheGoons-Friends


Q. Why do some programs end before they have finished?

A. Each channel is built on a weekly schedule of 336 half hour blocks. Every hour there are two shows. In an ideal world, programs would be a maximum of 26 – 28 minutes in length, but years ago it was quite common that programs would run for anywhere from 20  to 35 minutes in length or longer. So it does not take a brain surgeon to realise that two 35 minutes shows will not fit within a hour. We try to take this into consideration when creating the schedule for each channel. It is a very rare occurrence that you will miss the end from a show, but if this happens we apologies, but with over one hundred thousand episodes from hundreds of shows, inevitably you may experience this issue occasionally.

Q. The quality of some shows are very poor and hard to hear!

A. Many of our shows are 70 years old. They just aren’t going to have the same “high fidelity” sound quality that today’s generation is used to. Most of the shows sound pretty good though, considering their age.  We do always try to use the best quality programs we can find. Many times we have replaced individual shows or whole series when we’ve found better sounding copies. We have over 100,000 shows in our collection. We haven’t had time to listen to all of them.  We love old time radio and collecting shows. We do the best we can to broadcast the best shows we can find.


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