radio - Man Page

console radio application


radio [ options ]


radio is a interactive, ncurses-bases console radio application.



print a short help text.


enable debug output.


quit after processing the cmd line options, don't enter interactive ncurses mode.  Only useful together with other options for obvious reasons ...


mute radio.

-f freq

tune the specified radio frequency (and unmute the radio).

-c dev

specify radio device (default is /dev/radio0).


Do a scan for radio stations.


Same as above + write a radio.fmmap with the signal for every frequency.  You can get a graph for it with gnuplot (plot "radio.fmmap" w lin).


Scan, write a initial ~/.radio file to stdout and quit.  So you can create a config file where you only have to fill in the correct station names later this way: "radio -i > ~/.radio".  See below for the config file syntax.


radio picks up station names and present stations from a config file.  It can parse kradio (KDE radio app) config files, therefore it first tries the usual KDE config file location: ~/.kde/share/config/kradiorc. Failing that, radio tries ~/.radio (which makes things a bit easier for people who don't use kradio).

The format looks like this:

# KDE Config File
95800000=Radio eins
91400000=Berliner Rundfunk

The [Buttons] section can have up to eight entries.  That are the present stations, they get mapped to F1-F8.  The [Stations] section maps frequencies to station names.  The frequencies in both sections are specified in Hz.


X	     exit
ESC,Q,E      mute and exit.
up/down      inc/dec frequency
pgup/pgdown  next/previous station.  This one uses the
             stations from the config file by default.
             When started with the -s option these keys
             will cycle througth the stations found during
             the scan.
F1-F8, 1-8   preset buttons.
Ctrl+L       redraw screen.


Gerd Knorr <>


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