Screamer Radio 1.0 Internet Radio player

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 24, 2016
Music and Video

Screamer Radio 1.0 has been released a couple of days ago as a portable version and installer for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows.

We have reviewed Screamer Radio back in 2007 for the first time and again in 2013. Back then it shipped with functionality to record streams which is not supported anymore.

Probably the biggest change introduced in Screamer Radio 1.0 is that Windows XP is no longer supported.

Users who use machines with Windows XP may use the previous version of Screamer Radio to continue using the program.

The author revealed several reasons for dropping support for XP. For one, XP was holding back development because some components would not work at all, or not without fixing issues. Another reason given was that Microsoft dropped support for XP two years ago, and that users should not really be using the operating system anymore.

Screamer Radio 1.0

The only other changes are options to export favorite radio stations. This can be useful for backup purposes, or for importing those stations on another system.

Screamer Radio 1.0 ships with a new installer. The program used Microsoft's ClickOnce solution, but it was complicated and caused all kinds of issues. The new installer is called Squirrel and is simpler and better according to the author.

Users can still download the portable version to use it without any form of installation.

The program itself is an Internet Radio player that is easy to use and ships with a truckload of stations that you can tune in right away, and support for custom radio stations on top of that.

While you get support for that in several popular media players as well, say AIMP with its library, it is Screamer Radio's simplicity that may be its most appealing feature.

Start the program, click on a station, and start listening right away.

The "stations" listing is tag based which means that you can type tags to find stations of interest. The search tag:"classic rock" finds all classic rock stations for instance. While you may use the tag parameter for that, you can also simply enter "classic rock" to find those stations as well.

Screamer Radio 1.0 supports the playback of Internet Radio but does not ship with recording options. While you may not need those, users who require them need to look elsewhere for a solution. The excellent program StreamWriter is an option. Consult our Internet Radio recorders overview for other solutions.

Closing Words

Screamer Radio is one of those programs that you either like a lot, or cannot understand why anyone would use it. Considering that you can tune in to Internet Radio stations using most media players, it is understandable that some users prefer that solution.

Users who want a simple, unobtrusive and easy to use program to play Internet Radio may find Screamer Radio useful for that purpose.

Now You: Do you listen to Internet Radio?

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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