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I stream 24/7, and I find that I have a healthy flow of listeners. I used to only stream 2-3 nights a week, but found that not too many people would tune in. Since I changed to 24/7 that's changed. I think being on all the time ppl see the station as a permanent thing and tune in more often.
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  • 8 months later...

We have two servers that stream 24/7. We are working on getting the two stations on just one computer. The cost really isn't that major with the cheap electricity that is available in this area.

 

Bandwidth is limited to 250gb per month, which is plenty for our stations to stream to our sc provider.

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Well at the moment I am a right cheat as due to other commitments I rarely can go Live so I have Auto DJ on 3 streams online 24/7. I'd rather that than be "off air", maybe not too everyones taste but great back to back music with no gaps and a few jingles that's it. When I can do live shows I will always put Auto DJ on again after.
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I think it depends on the station/s audience, but unless you broadcast solely to a group of friends or a local crowd/local concerts, running 24/7 is pretty essential to building any kind of following.

 

A listener who adds a station to bookmarks in their player only to find that it's dead more often than it's on-air, will soon remove the bookmark.

 

I've always run 24/7 from home, even in the early days when I'd be lucky to see one listener per day.

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Well to get your station up and running yes you gotta be 24/7. I use auto dj much more than i should but dont have the staff to go 24/7 so have to use auto.I have me and 2 others so we can do 8 hours and (I do 4 of them )the rest is auto what else can I do? ...I even did think about asking people from outside the uk to do a slot when they do there normal slot i mean like 2-3 am in the uk its like 4 r 5 hours back for them but everyone talk about there station and right so ... (So i didint ask) the problem with auto dj is most people like to hear a voice not just music so they soon leave :( Thanks JK
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I think it depends on the station/s audience, but unless you broadcast solely to a group of friends or a local crowd/local concerts, running 24/7 is pretty essential to building any kind of following.

 

A listener who adds a station to bookmarks in their player only to find that it's dead more often than it's on-air, will soon remove the bookmark.

 

I've always run 24/7 from home, even in the early days when I'd be lucky to see one listener per day.

 

I know you run a large station. Do you put your station on any auto dj if your internet/power goes out?

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I know you run a large station. Do you put your station on any auto dj if your internet/power goes out?

Yes. AutoDJ can be okay if you have a good mix of music with sweepers. I have a good redundancy methodology in place and it's served me well.

 

Primary - Push on DSL to main server in data center

Secondary - Pull on Cable Modem to server in data center

Backup - AutoDJ in main data center

 

The system senses a failure and rolls to the next method. Falls back when things come back on line. So if I lose my DSL line, the cable modem picks up instantly. I lose power and the battery backups die, and the autoDJ in the data center takes over until I can restore the live feed.

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Hi,

 

California-101 which is now 4 years old hasn't always been 24/7 online, due to some technical restrictions.

It started getting better in summer 2005 and since November 2007 we hadn't a single downtime.

We've been 24/7 online without a single downtime since then, streamin' shoutcast and icecast servers.

 

We take care of helping new broadcsaters today and that's actually fun.

 

François

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We broadcast 24/7 but after starting on a local computer we quickly moved the broadcasting software offsite. All live shows are streamed to the offsite computer then relayed onto the station. We have experienced virtually 0 problems from the broadcasting computer and saw most our problems occur as we were getting the streaming servers setup. I am confident that we are now setup for a while :).
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