One of the (many) cool things about the Intarweb is that everything is local – or to put it another way, you’re not stuck with what is geographically local any more.
Just one example: I’ve been doing the mind-numbing work of entering research survey results into the computer for a couple of days now, and making it a lot more fun by listening to Metal Express web radio from Norway. It’s all in English, and they play an amazing range of stuff, all the way from Christian metal to black metal, the occasional ballad but mostly just good, classic heavy metal. (Very little whiny pathetic nu metal nonsense.) And they’re not scared to kick in some old ZZ Top, Jane’s Addiction, KISS or Black Crowes. (There’s a whole other rant there about authenticity – maybe tomorrow.)
North American stations seem to program much more narrowly, whereas these guys are all over the map, in a good way. I listen on iTunes, which is a free download for Mac or Windows, but there are lots of freeware mp3 players that will tune in web radio. Welcome to the globalisation of metal!