How to Record HAH—and Listen Whenever You Want!

I am often asked whether WHRB archives Hillbilly at Harvard, and whether the shows are available as ‘podcasts’.  The answer is: No.  The reason is that making copyrighted music available for download over the Internet would require the station to become a vendor, like iTunes or Amazon, and sell it.  Some stations do archive their programs, and make them available for listening online, but not for downloading, maybe for a couple of weeks.  Conceivably this could happen at WHRB, but probably not any time soon.

So in the meantime, here’s the solution.  Fly-over folks and west coasters especially, pay attention!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard complaints about missing the first hour or two of HAH because listeners are in earlier time zones.  Here’s what you can do:

Record the show!  The computer age and the Internet has made recording easy.  Of course if you’re in our broadcast area, you can record from your radio/receiver directly to a tape deck, if any of you still have those.  But for those who have computers, and that obviously includes anyone listening to our Internet stream, it’s easy and inexpensive to record on your computer.

First you need software, an audio-recording program (or application).  I recommend two:

• For Macintosh users, use Audio Hijack Pro, from a company called Rogue Amoeba (click on ‘Audio Hijack Pro’ to get there).  You can download the program from Rogue Amoeba for a free trial, but the free ‘demo’ version is limited to 10 minutes at a time, so go ahead and buy it: it costs just $32.  With Audio Hijack Pro, you can record any Internet stream, or from your connection to a radio or TV, or audio from any application, like Skype.  And you can schedule your recordings to take place automatically whenever you want.

System Requirements: For Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.  [Update: For earlier versions of OS X: You can download legacy versions of Audio Hijack Pro for older operating systems, back to 10.2. Go here.  Hat tip to Chris Barajas at Rogue Amoeba.]

• For Windows users, use Total Recorder, from High Criteria (click on ‘Total Recorder’ to get there).  You can download the program for a free trial, but the demo version is crippled, so go ahead and buy it; the Standard Edition is only $17.95; the Professional Edition is $35.95 and includes more audio-processing/editing features.  Like Audio Hijack Pro, you can record any sound from your computer, or from an external source.  See the website for details.

System Requirements
Total Recorder Standard Edition requires: a sound card, and a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. If you want to use Total Recorder with an older operating system, please follow this link.

I record from my receiver to my iMac; it’s easy.  Once you have the program on your computer, you can sleep in Saturday mornings, and listen any time you wish.  Try it!

Any questions, post in the Comments, and I’ll try to answer them. /CL

UPDATE: Steve Bartlett comments on the Paper and Pen page, here.  I’m repeating his comment here, as it’s an important addition:

More on Recording HAH:

I use Winamp, a free download program, to listen to the HAH stream.

It is extremely stable and does not hiccup or hesitate when I use the computer for other, simultaneous activities. However, if the stream is interrupted, Winamp in its natural state will not restart the stream. If it stops, it stays stopped.

I found this extremely frustrating, as it usually happened, per Murphy’s Law, when I had to leave the house.

Searching the web last year, I found The Silence Detector, a third-party plugin, that runs in Winamp and will restart the stream after a brief gap. It works well. Its only drawback, it it is such, is that if I hit the Winamp stop button, the play will always resume after the timeout. I don’t consider that to be a fatal flaw…

You can check it out at

Incidentally, Total Recorder easily starts itself, Winamp, and the web stream when recording by its timer function. All you have to do is set it up and have your computer running.

Steve Bartlett

The link to The Silence Detector is here.  I’m not sure how iTunes or other audio software handles stream interruptions, as I normally record off the air (from my receiver to the computer).  I’ll ask around. /CL


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2 Responses to How to Record HAH—and Listen Whenever You Want!

  1. Steve Bartlett says:

    If you have a problem with hum interfering with your audio signal from your computer to your speakers, this device has been very effective in cleaning up my HAH listening.

    It is the DCI Specialty ALH1 Audio Hum Eliminator.
    It costs $65.00 including shipping, and it works. I have been using one for over a year now.

    It functions by injecting a reverse phase hum into the signal. Hum correction for each channel is adjustable separately.

    Steve Bartlett

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