The ability to broadcast over the internet has gone mainstream in recent years as more people look to their phone, tablet, and smart speakers for music, news and information.
No license is required to broadcast over the internet, although a license to play music will likely be required in most cases. In New Zealand that license is covered by the Low Power FM licence – available here.
The appeal of using the net as a broadcast medium has led to many organisations using it to share information with staff, worldwide supporters, and to replay podcasts etc.
As with anything; an internet station can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.
You can broadcast live or upload pre-recorded programmes, MP3 music files, jingles, podcasts etc, that will be played randomly or in the order you specify.
The good news is you do not need a high-spec broadcast studio. You do not need expensive equipment. You can start with a basic laptop and an internet connection.
If you need any help to start an online audio streaming service then please contact me. I have been through the process of launching online radio stations many times and have first-hand experience to share.