SomaFM in the News


Boing Boing

Boing Boing
I'm loving this Reggae, Dub, Ska and Rocksteady internet radio station
By Xeni Jardin, January 24, 2020

“Rusty and SomaFM just launched an awesome new SomaFM internet radio channel dedicated to the classic roots of reggae. Heavyweight Reggae. It is SO GREAT. ”

Interview Magazine

Interview Magazine
Rami Malek Says "Hello, Friend" to His Mr. Robot Composer Mac Quayle
By Rami Malek, October 29, 2019

“But when I have a little time and I just want to put on something in the background, there's this internet radio station I've been listening to for probably 20 years now that's called Secret Agent, part of the SomaFM group of internet radio stations. It's this fantastic mix of cinematic, electronic, and like spy music from the '60s, just amazingly curated. I can put that on and let it run for hours. ”


The 15 Best Internet Radio Stations of 2019
Feb. 4, 2019 // by Tim Fisher

“One of the best ways to find new indie music is with this internet radio station from SomaFM.”

Ambient Music Guide

Ambient Music Guide
5 Net Radio Stations that will Blow Your Mind
Feb 12, 2017 // by Mike G.

“SomaFM has been running for more than 15 years now and is quite possibly the greatest thing on net radio.”

The Telegraph (UK)

The Telegraph (UK)
The best internet radio stations
Nov 12, 2015 // by Pete Naughton

“...broadcasting a range of beautifully curated channels ... and an enduringly hip presence on the web.”

Ello Ambient

Ello Ambient
Ello Ambient / Relaxed Machinery Community interview with Rusty Hodge
Jun 5, 2015 // by John Koch-Northrup

“I'm thrilled to have a chance to ask Rusty a few questions about the future of Soma FM and his plans.”


Hands on: SomaFM Radio Player (iOS)
December 4, 2014 // by MacNN Staff

“Ditch the ads and stream unlimited music with SomaFM Radio Player. Streaming music online is hardly a new concept, but most online streaming radios are so riddled with advertisements that listening can become unbearable.”

MacWorld Editors' Choice

MacWorld UK
SomaFM Radio Player for iPhone, iPad review - Cool, eclectic, essential listening [Editors' Choice]
December 12, 2013 // by Nick Spence

“SomaFM encourages regular listening by offering a deep playlist, which doesn't rely on the same tracks played repeatedly. Additionally, SomaFM actively supports new music, which differentiates the channel further with music you won't hear on other streaming stations and helps give a platform to those who might otherwise go unheard.”

Radio Survivor

Radio Survivor
Using SomaFM as your life soundtrack
November 18, 2013 // By Matthew Lasar

“These days everybody is streaming, but I still think is Soma is special, in large part because of the high quality and originality of its channels. They really function, at least for me, as life soundtrack stations.”


RAIN News:
Pureplay of the Day
Monday, October 16, 2013 // By Brad Hill

“One of the landmark indie pureplays, SomaFM has grown into a streaming empire over 14 years. Founded and operated by Rusty Hodge, the Internet outlet is located in a San Francisco warehouse. The current programming lineup includes 28 hand-curated, electronica and alt-genre stations.”


SFGATE (San Francisco Chronicle)
Soma FM's favorite song: 'Stayin' Alive'
Monday, October 14, 2013 // By Ben Fong-Torres

“Today, Soma encompasses 26 online stations that manage to play music most others don't. It's electronic; it's chill; it's trance and goth. There's alt-country, alt-rock, alt-folk. There's even a station, "SF-033," that blends music with audio from a San Francisco Police Department scanner. In short, it's indie - as in independent.”

Discovery News

Discovery News
Space Music: Rusty Hodge talks SomaFM
Aug 14, 2012 04:43 AM ET // by Robert Lamb

“SomaFM has your hook-up for space music. You want an endless stream of cosmically-tuned analog electronics? Just plug into Space Station Soma. Craving a smooth mix of experimental ambient music and historic NASA/Apollo transmissions? Then fire up Mission Control. And when you're ready to come back down to Earth, chill out with a little Groove Salad, Secret Agent Radio and Suburbs of Goa — all person favorites of mine.”

The Guardian

The Guardian
Internet radio pioneer SomaFM still leading the way
Tony Myers, April 4, 2012

“Instead of simply churning out music, SomaFM's playlists are carefully curated, handcrafted affairs. The music is streamed and segued 24/7 with no commercial breaks or inane DJ chatter.”

Make Use Of

Make Use Of
SomaFM — One Huge, Free Internet Radio Network
28th October, 2012 // by Craig Snyder

“No matter how many automated taste-tweaking applications I go through, nothing compares to the experience that I've received for years and years over at SomaFM. When I'm bored of the music from typical Internet radio, Soma is where I go. It's a radio network like no other.”


Internet Radio Station Review: SomaFM
March 19th, 2010 // By Jim Richardson

“SomaFM launched its first channel in February, 2000. The name, if you're curious, alludes to the fictional wonder drug of Huxley's Brave New World, which promised "all the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects." It also refers to the place from which SomaFM started operating: San Francisco's South of Market area, also known as SoMa.”

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USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review
Will NPR's podcasts birth a new business model for public radio?
By Robert Niles, November 27, 2005

“The first three offerings for alt.NPR include a commentary on the gambling world by NPR reporter Mike Pesca, downtempo electronica music from independent Net radio station SomaFM, and a selection of the best young public radio producers on Public Radio Exchange ( called “Youthcast.” ”

The Village Voice
Web Radio Picks to Click
by Joseph McCombs, May 25th, 2005

"San Francisco's Soma-FM, literally a basement-broadcaster who made good, is nationally known now thanks to Rusty Hodge's willingness to navigate the waters of webcasting law back in 2002 when no one else would."


Web radio's last stand
By Katharine Mieszkowski, March 26, 2002
“SomaFM is the kind of Internet-only radio station that offers a true alternative to the mainstream fare on the offline dial.”

Magazines and Newspapers

SF Weekly
The Day the Music Dies
By David Downs, Wednesday, Jun 27 2007

“Webcasters like Seattle's KEXP and San Francisco's SomaFM are the de facto curators of America's most avant-garde electric art galleries. Their playlists read like Next Big Thing cheat sheets for mainstream DJs, college radio stations, marketers, and advertisers. What was once a cult of hobbyists now encompasses major players like Clear Channel, which simulcasts existing holdings and compete against offerings from National Public Radio, AOL, and Yahoo.”

“Internet radio stations like SomaFM have launched bands and influenced what mainstream DJs play. On July 15, they could be gone forever.”

Washington Post
HD Radio
Rob Pegoraro, Sunday, April 30, 2006

“"Groove Salad," a fascinating mix of mostly instrumental electronic works put together by San Francisco's great Web station SomaFM.”

Time Europe
Not The Same Old Songs, Get stuck into a web of musical connections
Theunis Bates, February 22, 2005

“This San Francisco DJ collective specializes in underground and alternative sounds. SomaFM streams seven radio channels from its website, including the dance-oriented Cliqhop and Secret Agent, a seductive blend of ‘60s and ‘70s movie soundtracks (expect plenty of scores from Dirty Harry composer Lalo Schifrin) and contemporary lounge classics.”

Business Week
Internet Radio 101
Heather Green, March 7, 2005

“Free, independent stations such as SomaFM and WOXY broadcast over the Internet and are supported by contributions or ads. Simply visit their Web sites to listen to their shows.”

San Francisco Chronicle
And Now For Some *Real* Radio. Last week: The death of corporate rock radio.
This week: Readers extol glorious alternatives. Listen up!

Mark Morford, March 9, 2005

“ – again a generous and mandatory plug, because they're just that good and they were one of the first high-quality Net streaming stations and Groove Salad is still just body-oilingly skin-strokingly sex-havingly delicious. Mostly DJ free, but you know it's programmed by true music lovers”

Wallpaper* Magazine
Edited by Liz Bailey, October 2001

“Forget the radio. This is the new FM. Groove Salad proffers the crispest ambient beats around.”

Rolling Stone
Radio Free Service
June 6, 2002

“...this one-time pirate operation has become one of the Web's must-surf spots for ambient, atmospheric lullabies.” (Read more)

USA Today
Mourning the end of small Net radio sites
Jefferson Graham, July 21, 2002

“For three years, Rusty Hodge ran his SomaFM Internet radio station. He watched it grow from 10 listeners an hour to 2,000 and become one of the more popular Net stops thanks to its eclectic mix of electronica and independent pop, the sort of stuff that's tough to find on commercial radio.”

San Francisco Chronicle
Move over, pirate radio — from a Bernal Heights garage, Internet station SomaFM plays tunes for the whole wide world, and it's all perfectly legal
Chris Coomey, June 30, 2004

“SomaFM, created in 1999 by software developer Rusty Hodge, is the radio outlet for thousands of listeners who connect from Japan, Europe and throughout the United States. Its success suggests you don't need anything much larger than a mouse these days to be heard.” ((Read more)

EQ Magazine
Running Around at the Top of our Lungs
The Fez Guys, June 2001

“Disgusted with what passes for music programming on terrestrial corporate broadcasting, <> is charting the inspired course hashed out by FM rock radio in the late sixties and early seventies (when DJs loved music).”

The Daily Times, Pakistan
Internet Radio Finds its Groove
March 15, 2004

“One address — — points to thousands of different stations. There's western swing at, ambient techno and lounge music at and favorite porno film soundtracks at”


CNN's Next@CNN
Sunday April 7, 2002, 1:45pm Pacific time


Streaming Audio, The FezGuys' Guide
By John Luini and Allen Whitman

“We cover MP3, QuickTime, RealMedia, and Windows Media formats, advanced authoring techniques, legal issues, and much more. It also features exclusive case studies of, and”


RAIN Summit Indianapolis 2014

RAIN Summit Indy: Panel — EDM: Streaming a New Path to Success
September 9, 2014

Rusty Hodge was part of “a panel of EDM genre experts will discuss the new model of music discovery that digital music services have created, and the unique path to mainstream that electronic dance music has followed.”

SF Music Tech

SF Music Tech Summit: "Streaming Huge Amounts of Music"
October 1, 2013

Rusty Hodge moderated this panel which included: Brewster Kahle,; Chris Martin, Pandora; Michael Cerda, VEVO; and Alex Li, Smule.

RAIN Summit West

Radio and Internet Newsletter's 2nd Annual Las Vegas Summit on Internet Radio
April 19, 2005

Rusty Hodge is a speaker at this event, where “scheduled speakers include the heads of interactive efforts for most of America's top broadcasters, plus top executives from most of the country's leading Internet-only webcasters”

University of California

University of California Radio Network conference “Viability of Internet Radio” session
April 2003

The Viability of Internet Radio session that was part of a University of California Radio Network conference organized by KALX. Rusty Hodge was one of four guest panelists.


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