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Hi everyone.

 

I am new to the forum and to broadcasting. There are lots of information all over the internet on how to setup an online radio station which got me a bit confused. Is there a guide on:

 

1. How to do that,

2. The gear needed to start,

3. I would like to hear your thoughts on the best available software for this purpose.

 

Thank you.

Harry

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Hey Harry,

 

I'm a beginner too, and was looking for a one-stop-shop way to get myself broadcasting online: I found http://www.radionomy.com and have had a great experience with it. It's free, has unlimited uploads and has an easy "go live" feature. You don't really need any gear...just a computer and a mic. And, you'll need to install a plug-in for the "go live" feature...I use Sam Broadcaster 4.7.1. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

 

B

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Jim thank you very much for the respond and wishes.

 

The thing is that I was very much into the traditional radio station techniques and I was aware of the (simple) way that they make their revenue. I actually broadcasted myself for some years.

 

I am starting an online radio station knowing the broadcasting part but I haven't really thought of making a revenue out of it or the ways to do that. I agree that I will have to start with the free software available and see how it goes. But I am really intrigued and I would like to know the ways online radio stations do it. Are there any articles that explain the revenue part?

 

Thanks again.

Harry

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Try RadioDJ v 1.6.0 is the latest stable version, it's a great piece of free software http://radiodj.ro Looks and feels like a Pro piece of Studio automation.

 

You will need a MySQL database and at least .NET 3.5 to run the program if you get stuck the help forum is here http://www.radiodj.ro/community/index.php

 

You will need a sperate encoder to stream to shoutcast/icecast with i recommend Altacast for that which can be found here http://djgarybaldy.co.uk/?p=490

 

Hope that helps .....

Edited by djgary72

My Blog https://djgarybaldy.blogspot.com

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 most FAVOURITE piece of software EVER

 

 

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I have written numerous guides for internet broadcasters that you can read for free :)

http://www.broadcastingworld.net/guides/

 

I also have a facebook page dedicated to other guides I have written for Internet broadcasting and computers.

These are also available for free - to read or download.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Colossus/127135787300504

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Ok... Thanks alot guys. I am a bit overwhelmed by the information :D . I will have to "study" a bit.

 

Saint, if I got that correct, you are not saying that "Radionomy uses advertising to pay for music royalty licensing fees" in a good way is it? Does this affect the user alot?

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I did not intend for it to sound negative, that was not my intention.

 

You can choose to pay the music royalty licensing fees on your own, or pay for an agency to take care of that for you - however those are out of pocket expenses. If you chose not to pay music royalty licensing fees, you run the risk of litigation from the music industry.

 

Radionomy offers you the chance to stream for free, have revenue sharing and have the music royalty licensing fee paid for. There are requirements for maintaining listener hours, but this helps maintain quality content and stations that appeal to a diverse audience.

 

Radionomy offers a fantastic product, service and assistance. Their business model is far superior than Live 365. I highly recommend them.

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All so remember it takes time to build your listeners up.

It dosnt happen overnight. So dont feel down if it takes a while and if you are still keen to have a station , keep on doing it. Software wise you can use what Gary said RadoDJ or use what I use Zararadio. Both are free and each are a little different from the other, use what ever one you feel works for you and if they dont check a few more out. There are plenty of videos on YouTube on how to setup an online station.

:yes:

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RAG-FM 107.7 Raglan New Zealand & ragfm.com

........"Top Music Top of the Dial"

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Guys thanks very much for all the help.

 

My friend Saint you got me wrong probably because of my bad English. I didn't get a negative feeling whatsoever.

 

Even though it comes with requirements, for the time being, it sounds very convenient to have the royalties paid and not worry about that. So Radionomy seems to be a good choice to start with. And then I will only have to worry about getting more listeners :D.

 

Thanks again guys. Every help is valuable at this point.

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  • 4 weeks later...
You should read the mentioned guidelines as a start. Try the various free versions of software like SAM Broadcaster and ZaraRadio as well as the others mentions and see what feels right for you. After that, get your music ready (edited, leveled using a program like MP3Gain) and then find a cost effective, service that will cover your royalties to start. After awhile, see if you feel you can attack the royalty problem on your own and then have a go as a Pro station where you can sell you advertisting and such. Note: There are a lot of stations out there and it will be tough to cut through the clutter. Making money in this business is possible but it takes a long time to build up to that point.
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Try the various free versions of software like SAM Broadcaster

 

There are NO free versions of SAM Broadcaster maybe a 14 day trial but that's about it,

 

Zara radio is another piece of software i would n't give space on my studio computer. Fiddly Difficult to use etc ....

 

RadioDJ is completely free and wiorks far better than SAM and ZARA IMHO!

My Blog https://djgarybaldy.blogspot.com

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 most FAVOURITE piece of software EVER

 

 

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There is nothing wrong with Open Source / Free software in general. Some software developers may be better than others, but assuming that Open Source / Free software is automatically inferior is ludicrous.

 

99 % of the software I use is Open Source / Free in addition to the Operating System I use. I use both Linux and FreeBSD and I can run circles around the latest versions of Winblows - even on older systems. Yes indeed - you do get what you pay for with all the heart ache of Winblows !

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Check out ZaraRadio. Ive been using it for over 6 years now and I wouldnt change. I have had no problems with it unlike Gary. (I cant say the same for RadioDJ which may look good to look at, but I found was very limited in things it can do) Once you know the ins And outs of Zara, it is a very powerful piece of free software. No worry's about setting up SQL data base's which can be a pain if you have a lot of mp3 files. Zara uses a playlist system which works well in auto or live modes. The event scheduling is also very good.:)

RAG-FM 107.7 Raglan New Zealand & ragfm.com

........"Top Music Top of the Dial"

Click HERE to listen to the RAG-FM radio stream

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