Tom Fine wrote:
> I wasn't talking about internet-only at all. I was talking about using
> modern technology to make equipment investment minimal.
Sorry. It was brought up. I thought I'd share what I knew about it.
> Net-only is very easy, just do a podcast. But, as I've said before,
> beware of ASCAP/BMI rules.And, even if you load up a podcast file of
> 192K MP3 (which becomes a rather large file when you get up to 30-60
> minutes), the quality is still sub-par from a good-quality FM broadcast
> (but better than over-processed headache inducing garbage found on most
> FM frequencies in most places today).
I don't buy into any thing that starts with "pod". An MP3 file is an
MP3 file. It is the encoder that can make the difference.
I would urge you to take a listen to SAW radio. It really sounds very
> The thing that interested me about community radio is that it would be
> nice to have a real-deal FM-quality signal (albeit low power with
> limited range) with something aside from what Evergreen and Clearchannel
> decide is good content. I'd also love to open it up to some of the local
> high school kids and older folks who are into music -- see if exposure
> to different tastes and styles broadens everyone involved.
I couldn't agree more. But as you pointed out it is a pain. And as I
remember it takes forever for FCC approval. I won't even go into how
expensive it would be. If you have unlimited funds, it is a great idea.
I'd rather advertise an internet-only station.
I had never heard the term "community radio" until I moved out here to
Colorado and got involved with a theatre group that started producing a
weekly radio drama.
Where I grew up a "College" radio station was a station run by the
college (that's were the money came from) for and by students of that
college. A "Public" station was an NPR affiliate which paid its staff.
A "Community" station is all volunteer and lots of fund raising. In
some cases, the programming leaves a lot to be desired and sound quality
... there are no standards for some. I'm not a big fan. But then again
my experience with it was not that great.
Here is something else you might consider. When I was in radio, a
couple stations I worked for would sell hour and 1/2 hour blocks of time
on weekend afternoon and evenings. We had a guy who bought most of
Sunday afternoon for a Spanish show (extremely popular). And another
who did a motorcycle call-in program in the evening. They both sold
time for their own show to help pay for the time.
Our high school radio show was done live at another station I worked for
(I worked there while in high school) which donated the time. In this
case, the station used it as part of thiner public service requirement.
I don't know if that is still a regulation or not.
These were the days before station conglomerates, but you can still find
locally owned stations across the country that do this. I heard about a
guy recently that is buying time for his show at a local station. Much
cheaper than starting your own radio station, community or otherwise.
Angie Dickinson Mickle
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>> Having been a radio DJ some years ago, I've actually looked into
>> starting an internet-only station, though with original music and
>> content. (I miss "playing radio" as we used to call it. I don't miss
>> all the sales and management politics that went with it.)
>> When I actually get around to doing this, I plan to use servers from
>> this company. http://www.radiostreamer.com Their DRS 2006 automation
>> software is quite good also and have considered it just for home use.
>> For those interested in using commercial content, this site offers a
>> licensing service for internet radio station.
>> http://www.loudcity.net/Home/tabid/35/Default.aspx For the hobbiest,
>> it seems pretty reasonable. The site also may have answers to some of
>> the licensing questions that have been tossed around in this thread.
>> I'm sure there are other services like this also.
>> I also worried about the quality of internet streaming. Even
>> commercial talk stations like WGN have problems with that whishing
>> sound. Then I heard what a well encoded stream can sound like. I
>> listen to this one often.
>> http://www.sawstudio-media.com/radio/radio.htm He uses the DRS
>> servers and his own automation software.
>> Just sharing some links with everyone.
>> Angie Dickinson Mickle
>> Avocado Productions
>> Arvada, CO
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