STARTING AN INTERNET RADIO STATION

Thanks to advances in technology, anyone with heart, patience, and vision can start an internet radio station.

Thanks to advances in technology, anyone with heart, patience and vision can start an internet radio station.

The basics you’ll need are:

  1. A Personal Computer or Laptop
  2. Microphone
  3. Headphones
  4. Speakers
  5. Audio Soundcard
  6. High Speed Broadband
  7. An adequate audio library filled with music, sweepers and shows or podcasts
  8. Audio editing software
  9. A streaming host
  10. Website

It’s important to have a clear vision and mission statement before you start out to avoid burn out, especially when you’re going at it alone.

While tinkering with platforms and your equipment, pay attention to your scheduling and fan engagement across social media platforms. These will help you stay on course, adjust as appropriate or quit and save yourself and everyone else stress.

Now, it’s important to know the risks involved with playing music from your personal library garnered over the years from CD rips and mp3 downloads. While some are okay for personal use, others may attract stiff penalties from governing bodies scouring the internet for offenders.

With that in mind, read about Licensing.

No matter how you approach it, it is not inexpensive to run an internet radio service especially in Nigeria, where additional costs of internet subscriptions and power maintenance are a nuisance.

There’s also poor local listenership s the terrestrial alternatives are far more affordable and accessible. However, if you’re thinking outside the box and generating awesome content, things may begin to look up sooner than later.

When choosing an internet streaming platform to subscribe to, consider affordability, LIVE/Automation options, easy scheduling, social media integration and importantly, technical support. There’s also app [android or iOS] availability and 3rd party companies like Nobex, have been known to offer competitive services.

I’ll advise beginning with automation streaming, where all your music and other related content will be stored on the stream server and scheduled for playback. That way you do not have to be online, streaming LIVE every time and thus you might save some data while still providing content round the clock!

Here are some platforms to consider:

Also, check out this list of basic Internet Radio Equipment

If you’re considering setting up an Internet Radio Station, we can help you with a solid cost-effective solution. Send us a message for a quote.

Additional notes:

5 Must-Knows before creating your online radio station

Setting Up an Internet Radio Station: What You Need to Know

The 5 Simple Mistakes Amateur Internet Radio Broadcasters Make

Fears over FG’s plan to license online radio, TV stations

RADIO IMAGING: MY JOURNEY INTO SOUND

“… imaging is the number one-heard thing on a station, after music and jocks. Imaging is your prime branding and audio identification element on the radio station.” Jason Garte, Mix Radio Imaging

It all started like an accident really. Some would say Divine Providence.

I had just been employed at a radio station which did not have a production studio. I had a bit of audio production skills I had picked up from my recording artiste days. I was familiar with Cubase and Cool Edit, which were audio software packages used in my recordings.

Prior to getting work in radio, with the help of my crew, Premium Beatz, I had crafted some sung jingles for some of the familiar DJs I ended up working with and used them as sort of barter trade for airplay. It worked!

READ ALSO: Radio Jingles And Id’s

Na so I save up money, buy laptop which cost me about #42,000.00 (in Naira). Infact, it was discounted because it turned out that the shop keeper was a fan! I got my music Producer Homie, David to install every available audio recording software, Cubase, Cool Edit and SoundForge.

I had seen a table mic being used by the news reporters for their post production narrations. I asked how much it cost. #2,000.00 (in Naira). I got myself 1.

Then I started ripping CDs into my PC. The station had no Music Library, So Djs found music themselves having to risk playing curse filled songs on air. I found a way to censor, using SoundForge to reverse points on a track where curse words were uttered. Hardwork!

Then I had other ideas. I love cartoons and I think Voice-Actors in the field of Animation are underappreciated! Anyway, I found a way to connect my TV to my PC via AV cables and would record long hours of animation and music videos in audio.

READ ALSO: Home Studio Setup And Demo Recording Tips

I would then spend time, extracting bit parts and effects from the cartoons I could use in creating awesome imaging. At the time I didn’t even know what I was doing. But it felt creative and I was having fun.

Then came the time I conscripted my then girlfriend to do a collabo rap jingle for the station, spitting original verses over Kanye West’s Classic (which i chopped, screwed, and looped)!

It turned out to be a favourite among station fans and some of my senior colleagues.

Then I got introduced to Adobe Audition 1.5 (what Cool Edit Pro had evolved into), which I had observed some of my senior colleagues used in crafting cost effective jingles for cash strapped clients in their cars!

My love for Audition grew as I discovered various ways to create awesome audio up till this day.

While some rave about the CS6 version, I’m pretty sure I haven’t finished exploring the incredible 3.0 version and Mike Russell’s videos show me that!!!

So, here I am now with my own start-up, crafting custom jingle packages for Radio Stations and DJs while also providing Voice-Overs and Audio Production for multi-media purposes!

You can also join the Public Group on Facebook and get insights from active Radio Imaging and Production Heads from around the World.