Radio has changed a lot since I first started working here at Q97.9 in 1996. It used to be the only way that you could listen to The Q was on a radio. That is until Q97.9 became the first station in Portland and maybe all of Maine to start streaming on the internet in 1999 with a partnership with the now defunct, BroadcastMusic.com.  It made sense. We had a dot in our name. Here's what it looked like on wjbq.com back in 1999. Cute huh?

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Today, the internet has matured which has expanded our ability to be heard all over the world. Technically we could back in 1999, but it wasn't portable because you needed a computer to listen.

Today, with the Q97.9 app, we're right in the palm of your hand on your smartphone which can easily connect to your car for listening wherever you drive and wherever you go. Our reach is now worldwide and what I got in the mail today, proves it.

This is a postcard from Neil Chapman who listens to The Q Morning Show in Victoria, Australia.

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In case you can't read it, he writes:

G'day Jeff,

First lemme say thanks for the daily podcast as with timezones, I miss out on "live."

The 3 of you will get a postcard and whomever gets first = gold, runner up=silver, bronze...etc

Have a great day

-Neil

Lori and Brittany haven't gotten their postcards yet, so fittingly, I win the gold.

That little postcard traveled across the world from where Neil was listening down under, to Portland, Maine for the low, low price of $3.40 Australian to arrive here after Neil was listening down under.

The time difference between Maine and Australia is significant. When we start The Q Morning Show at 5:30 a.m. on a Monday, it's 9:30 p.m. in Austraila, so you can see why Neil can't catch the show.

However, thanks again to 21st-century technology, Neil is able to listen whenever he likes with the Q Morning Show podcast and never miss a show with all of them available on-demand.

You may not live in Australia, but you can do the same because we know you can't listen to all four and a half hours of the Q Morning Show. Ain't nobody got time for all that. However, you probably have time for the Q Morning Show podcast. Just grab the Q97.9 app or click that menu above on your smartphone or desktop. Need a link to the app? I gotcha.

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