Starting your own radio station easy, here’s how!
47 percent of the world’s population now has access to the internet that means even with the millions of existing internet radio stations out there, it still isn’t too late to start your own station and get your audience. Vouscast can help you get started.
How do I get started?
First, you will need a few services and maybe some hardware depending on how involved or how big a station you plan on developing.
You will need all of the above if you plan on building a large station with high quality content and different hosts or DJs. If you plan on broadcasting a mix of talk and music you’ll need to have a good microphone, a quiet room (studio if possible).
Depending on which mic you get you’ll need a mixer preferable with USB out to your computer. There are tons of microphone choices out there from XLR (mixer required) USB (mixer not required) or a standard computer mic (not recommended). You can also visit The Music Kitchen for more on microphone choices and other professional sound equipment information.
Only if you plan on broadcasting from a live source whether periodically or all the time, if so you can choose from free software to the paid equivalent a few examples are:
There are more choices out there a simple Google search can help see features, pay attention to pros and cons of each software also read reviews carefully before you deciding which is right for you.
What about licensing?
You only need licensing if you plan on broadcasting copyrighted music or speech. Vouscast does NOT provide such licenses, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the proper permissions to broadcast any material you choose to stream. Below is a list of authorized copyright license providers.
|United States||Sound Exchange
|Internet Only Radio||Stream Licensing||http://streamlicensing.com|
Ready to broadcast?
Setting up a mixer is really only necessary if you are going to take live calls and interacting with your audience, other than that you can just use Autodj upload music and start broadcasting. That’s only half of the job though, now your have to find your audience while starting with family and friends is a good way to start and get feedback it’s not enough to build a station you must first register your station in the SHOUTcast or icecast directories respectively.
Of course you must have your own website where you can embed at least one web player, display schedules and more. Join Facebook and Twitter and other social networking websites so you can advertise for free gain followers and hopefully gain a bigger audience. Some other directories you might want to checkout are:
Now that your station is up and running!
So you’ve launched your station everything is good you are even beginning to gain an following, what now, why not add a few DJs and hosts to your schedule? If it’s in your budget or your station is non-profit and you can find volunteers to host programs then great. Adding DJs is easy as 123.
To get started log into Centova and click on the DJs link, from the new page click on create DJ Account enter a username + password + name set the status to enabled.
Under the Privileges tab select this DJs permissions (note if you only want a DJ to connect and broadcast without extra permissions, select nothing from the list). Only add disk quota if you selected private FTP folder for a particular DJ.
Next set Login Restrictions, select the days and times the can login or go live save changes and restart your server.
Supply your DJ with his/her username/password and your server host and port. SHOUTcast v1 and SHOUTcast v2 will have two different ports.