News and information for anyone wanting to host a radio show or run a hobby radio station.
By Steve Hart I watched a very interesting documentary on Aljazeera TV last week about pirate broadcasters Radio Caroline and The Voice of Peace. While UK station Caroline – launched in the 1960s – promotes LA (loving awareness), The Voice […]
With thanks to FSRN. Writing How to write a sentence for radio: Keep it short and fast! Every second counts. Write short sentences with one basic idea in each. We are trying to cram information into peoples’ ears, one short […]
Stream directory services Here is a list of radio directories you can submit your stream to, and if you know of any others, then do let me know so I can keep this list updated. Please let us know of […]
New Zealand Community Access Radio Funded by NZ On Air this group currently supports 12 community access stations across New Zealand (Frankly, it’s no where near enough). LPFM Licence With this licence you can operate a really low power FM […]
There’s little doubt that starting an online broadcast service has a low bar to entry. In rough figures all you need is money for music licenses, pocket change for a streaming service account, and using something such as Centova – […]
It seems some internet broadcasters have discovered video and are keen to stream their DJs hosting shows live across YouTube, FaceBook and Twitch.com among others. A friend who’s recently started live streaming his radio show in sound and vision tells […]
I have a pet hate about the openings of radio shows. The issue seems to relate only to internet DJs, although I have also experienced this with podcasters too. My friends, it is the issue of overly-long intros to shows. […]
It goes without saying that station owners put their heart and soul into what they broadcast. But as with any business, the online presence – your website – has to be taken into account too. Visit the web site of […]
So you have your streaming plan and your license to broadcast music. Now what?What music should you broadcast? Now, the single genre or decade-focused broadcaster clearly defines themselves in the market. We all know what Absolute 80s broadcasts, and there’s […]
Someone about to start a net station asked how they can I create a storm of interest for the launch for their new station. It is a good question and one every new broadcaster needs to address as early as […]
Look at any leading radio station and they will have a logo – every company has a logo. And not just any logo. Their logo will feature the colours it uses in all its marketing material, be eye catching, legible […]
Will you broadcast mixed programming? Every show featuring a different genre of music along with speech based shows, local news, and phone-ins? Or are you going to be a single genre station; playing only jazz, or soul, dance, or rock… […]
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As a radio presenter working in the entertainment industry it is easy to see who the competition is. The competition is everyone else. And if you think like that then you are in for a lot of disappointment and heartache. […]
The beauty of radio is that you can take listeners on a journey, you can transport them to anywhere in the universe – real or imagined. Sound lends itself to the imagination, it can paint a picture in the minds […]
During the past few years I’ve seen lots of digital stations come and go due to some owners running out of steam in a few short months. And I think I know why. They become disheartened at their listenership numbers.
I was listening to a syndicated radio show the other day. I won’t mention the presenter’s name, but she has a nice voice and plays a good selection of music; and as far as it went it was a pleasant […]
As commercial local radio has been eroded due to consolidation and the centralisation of ‘content’, so local communities lose a common voice that bonds people. As local broadcasters become little more than repeater stations or a home for voice tracked […]
Getting an income from your internet radio station or show sponsorship is possible – but don’t expect anyone to come knocking on your door to hand you cash. You have to go to them. But before you do there are a few hoops you need to jump through first.
Listening to the radio as a teenager I quickly realised I enjoyed the jingles as much as the music. Using a cassette recorder I’d do my best to do a mixtape – not of the hits, but the jingles! Living near […]
Once upon a time, up until the late 1980s (yeah I know – ancient history for some of you) radio presenters had space to let their personality shine through. DJ’s were hired because they were good on-air personalities (they were […]
Passionate debates can frequently be seen on techie forums about which microphone people should buy for their podcast studio. Some people recommend very expensive microphones – some costing thousands – all without knowing too much about the person’s needs or […]
Give your listeners a voice Putting callers to air for a talk radio segment or podcast interview can add real life to your programme; but how to do it? While there are numerous ways to do this, bear with as […]