Chris’ adventure with the web started in the early internet radio days. In 1999, he joined a station called Nekkid Radio, where he was a music DJ. “There were a couple of streams out there, but we were the first live and interactive station,” says Chris. “I was also the web guy, so this further expanded my skills.”
Nekkid Radio soon grew to support thirty DJs from all over the world. They were able to hand over their live streams from one time zone to the next, and even took requests from their listeners via ICQ and IRC chat rooms.
Initially, Chris used tools like CeeUSeeMe and White Pine reflectors, Winamp, and Real Encoder to stream .ram files. Eventually, he and his colleagues took to using Shoutcast as a more all-in-one solution, and soon many other stations followed in their footsteps.
Chris also helped other local FM stations start streaming online, using just a basic Windows XP computer and a soundboard. “It was all very bare bones back then,” he says. Still, this approach took off in the industry, which paved the way for many popular streaming platforms that exist today.