Maybe you have been thinking already many times to have your own radio station on the internet, be your own Dj and share your passion with people. and like to play your favourite music, or having your own talk show. If you’re interested, want to make a new challenge and it’s your hobby, I will tell you how to start your own Internet radio for not much money. Many free streaming and editing software are available to use.
What is internet radio?
Many wave radio stations are loosing a lot of listeners to cable, satellite and internet radio. In the future internet radio will be used more and more because radio stations can reach people all over the world. Nowadays’ you can find thousands and thousand radio station varies from 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music. Some broadcast Jazz, classical or trendy music. It’s a streaming medium that shows listeners stream of audio, and is different compared to podcasting. Podcasting is more downloading than streaming. One of the first internet radio stations was born early 90’s and now there are thousands.
How To Start Streaming
There are many options to start streaming your own radio station, but it depends on your goals. If you want to generate revenue it is totally different from someone who want to share music with friends. You don’t need a lot of technical knowledge, if you know something about MP3 and uploading is enough.
It’s totally not expensive, you need to have a broadband internet connection, lots of music and a PC. More you don’t need to start a legal internet radio station. It doesn’t cost more than $50.
There are several ways to start your radio station:
First is the Broadcasting service using peer 2 peer, SopCast.com and Peercast.org will allow you to broadcast audio and also Video. PeerCast is a simple, free way to listen radio and watch video on the Internet. It uses P2P technology to let anyone become a broadcaster without the costs of traditional streaming.
Second is using the streaming hosting service like Spacialnet.com, Wavestreaming.com, Swcast.com, Streamguys.com and Live365.com. Live365 is one of the best provider for Internet radio streams. For a low monthly fee you get 100MB space for your music including a control panel with many features. It’s easy to begin broadcasting with them and it’s easy for listeners to find your broadcast. You just upload your songs and make a playlist.
Third option is to install a server on your computer. There are many free software like Freecast.com, Icecast.org and Shoutcast.com. Shoutcast is free of charge but you have to follow their rules and guidelines, also you have to instal their Winamp software. Icecast is an audio broadcast system that allows you to stream music and also voice, you can use 2 formats, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis.
Do I Need A Licence?
Some services like Shoutcast you don’t need to have licence, more information about licences you can find at Ascap.com, BMI.com and Sesac.com
How Can People Find You?
As you know there are thousands internet radio stations, so people can’t find you easy. And if you are new, then for sure people won’t list you right away. What you can do is make a blog or a website, write something on other blogs and forums, so the search engine will find you.
How to earn money with your Internet Radio Station
This is not easy, if you want to earn money with your radio station you need first of all a lot of audience who listen to you. Once you have enough audience, you can start advertising with google adsense or other affiliate programs.