producerpinnell Posted April 17, 2009 Share Posted April 17, 2009 As this part of the forums is to discuss about Internet Radio, I thought I would share with you my story of an Internet radio station I work for, and my thoughts on the medium. I work for Off The Chart Radio, presenting a variety of shows every so often, and it's been one of the longest running licensed Internet Radio stations in the UK, licensed with PPL, PRS for Music, and MCPRS. The station has been running for 5 years this year. Although it's strap line is "The Internets Number 1 Hit Music Station", the amount of diversity within shows on the station is big. Of course, you've got your general CHR shows (Which I present mainly), but you've also got specialist shows which introduce new artists to the airwaves, and even shows from across the pond in the USA. All of the stations presenters have day jobs, and have their own unique style of presenting, no two shows are ever the same!. Some of the presenters who worked for OTC have since gone to work for FM stations, while people who currently work in the industry have joined OTC to bring their talent to the table, one of the presenters works for a local BBC radio station! As with the majority of Internet Radio, the shows come from peoples own homes, but this past Easter Weekend, some of us met at OTC HQ for a weekend of special live shows and events, some which were captured on video (Edited and recorded by myself!), and it's little station events like this, that really bring a station together. You get to meet the person you've been handing over too for the past 2 years in the flesh, instead of just an MSN conversation!. Despite what people think about Internet Radio, I feel this has a huge advantage within the radio industry, and I feel it is part of the industry, despite what others might think. The way OTC is run is unique in it's own way, and everyone puts so much effort into their shows, it's really enjoyable to work on the station, as well as to listen too. And being on air for 5 years is some achievement, even if I've only been there a couple of years. For those of you looking to start your own Internet station, or get involved in one, you will certainly have lots of fun, and if run properly, you will build a listener base, whether it be for certain shows, or for the entire station. Even though OTC is based in the UK, many listeners listen in from all around the world, particularly in the USA, especially during the evening shows, where in the US it's the afternoon. As technology advances, Internet radio is not just on the Internet..., you've got it on your mobile phones (Nokia etc), specialist Internet Radio radios, and even on an iPhone (If you're lucky enough to have one!). With so many ways to listen to Internet Radio, it is certainly becoming a medium which is gripping the world, and offers something that many Commercial and DAB stations don't. Anyway, I'll stop rambling now. I hope Internet radio continues to prosper, and offer the variety it does, and I hope it continues to give people who want to get into the radio industry, like me, a chance to do so. I certainly hope Off The Chart Radio continues to run for another 5 years (And more after), and continues to grow strength to strength, alongside other Internet stations out there. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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