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Hello guys, I have been looking for information on starting my own radio show and I kept getting recommended here so I hope you guys can help!


I am really keen on starting my own radio show but its overwhelming when you look for information on google. I am hoping you guys will be able to narrow down the options for me and get me up and running.


Essentially what I want to do is start my own show that will be on air, for an hour lets say 3 times a week. I want to play music (I have an extensive collection but access to a library would be brilliant) Also I would like to do a bit of chat between songs, link it to twitter etc so listeners can contact me. And eventually if I am a success make some money out of it all!


Thats my basic guideline. I have a bit of money to spend but can't be spending £50 a month on something that say 2 people are going to hear.


Can you guys point me in the right direction in terms of server, programs etc. I am quite good with computers but some of the stuff I have found on google looks very very complicated.


Thanks for any help you guys can offer, it really is appreciated.



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Hi Jibby welcome to BW.


If you are looking for a Program to DJ with i highly recommend RadioDJ a Free studio based automation program which uses MySQL and .NET. If you have any trouble setting either of them up Register on the RadioDJ forums at http://www.radiodj.ro/community/index.php where we will more than willing to help


To Stream to the internet there's a program called Edcast Also free, which will stream to a Shoutcast/icecast server. There are plenty of shoutcast hosts out there who Do Packages from as Low as $1 - Or even Some that do Free shoutcast but they tend not to be any good.


You can find Downloads of RadioDJ and Edcast by clicking on the Baldyradio link in my Signature.


As for being able to talk You will need a decent mixer which can be sometimes picked up second hand on places like Ebay, along a with a Decent Microphone. All you really need to do then it hook the Mixer into the Computer via Line in and Edcast should pick the Sound up from the computers stereo mix.


Hope that little bit of info Helps.



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User of RadioDJ FREE radio playout software since 2010.

How to Install RadioDJ: https://djgarybaldy.blogspot.com/2020/08/how-to-install-radiodj-free-radio.html

RadioDJ is my FAVOURITE piece of software it works when I need It



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For FREE SHOUTcast servers I would recommend, Listen2MyRadio. They are a free service, and it is easy to setup a server with whatever program you are using to broadcast with, whether this be SAM Broadcaster, RadioDJ, Zara Studio (Also known as Zara Radio). Hope this helps!






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Basically, you get what you pay for. If you don't care if your station buffers and / or goes down every once in a while, then by all means, go with a free Stream Host.


However, if you ever want to get listed on either iTunes or Windows Media, then go with a reliable Host. Broadcasting World provides a list here:



It all depends on what you want. If you are only a hobby station, then free. If you want to souund professional, then paid host.

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I can only add to GaryBaldy's comments above, I stumbled across RadioDJ recently and fell in love with it's simplicity and the 'professional' sound it can produce. It was a doddle to set up, once you have all your music in the database it is really easy to produce a playlist and RadioDJ does a great job of cross-fading to produce a really good sounding set.


With regards to streaming, after following advice from members of the RadioDJ forums, I downloaded EdCast, grabbed a free Caster.FM account and within about 10 minutes I had a working stream at 128k from RadioDJ which sounded great. I haven't ventured into actually speaking live as yet so cannot comment on the mixer/mic scenario.


If you aren't already up and running, I would recommend trying this route. Of course, the comments above regarding free hosting are valid, I've only done a couple of broadcasts so far but all has gone smoothly. I'm actually now using RadioDJ on my laptop at work to provide music during the day, and so far it's preformed flawlessly.


Hope this helps...

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Hey Wwzapper, Radionomy.com not only provides free hosting, but also a huge library of prepaid music and unlimited uploads of your own music...and when you fill in the metatags for the music you upload, they pay for the rights. In short, you don't have to pay for streaming, hosting or music rights...you can focus on programming. jibbyreznor, I'd recommend Radionomy. It's treated me very well....here's the most recent station I've set up there.



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You have not advised as to whether you have any experience of DJing but if you haven't then you will have to start from the beginning and follow the advice that other members have given above.


I agree with GaryBaldy that RadioDj is a very good choice of software especially as it is free and is full of features.


If you have done a bit of DJing then why not record a demo of your work and post it up on the forum, you will then be able to get feedback from other members on your style and quality, you could also offer a prerecorded show to other stations and if they decided to broadcast it then you would not have to spend any money at all.

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I recently played around with SAM Broadcaster and ZaraRadio and both are really great products for producing radio shows and steaming audio. ZaraRadio is a pretty simple setup and works great. I'd say SAM is a bit more advanced but with help from various internet forums you can get it to sound amazing.
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I've been on it for a few months and can't recommend it more highly. Honestly, it's a mystery why more people aren't using Radionomy. They pay for everything: servers, streaming, hosting, global music rights, unlimited uploads. You literally pay for nothing. And the programming tool is online and super easy to use...embed your player on webpages and social media easily. This is a no brainer!


Check out my station at http://www.radionomy.com/en/radio/viceroy-radio/index


It took me less than an hour to set up...now anyone in the world can tune in.

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