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11 Quick Tips on Starting an Internet Radio Station

1. Decide On Station format
This is the most important part, make sure to pick something you are
passionate about, because it takes time to build an audience, so you will
need the drive to keep going.

2. Get stream hosting
Your stream host is the second most important part, they need to be
reliable. Luckily today most stream hosting providers would not be in
business unless they are reliable. Your stream host will be the server
that serves the stream to your listeners.

3. Decide auto DJ or Automation
Many stream host give free auto DJ functionality with their hosting
accounts. This will allow you to upload music to your stream host, and have
the auto DJ play it. Off course there are limitations to what can be done
using this setup, and off course using radio automation software will
produce a much more polished internet radio station

4. Make sure to look into licensing
Remember you will need music royalty licensing your station to pay
royalties to artist who’s songs you play.

5. List your station in directories/ Tune In Api
Once your station is running and a bit fine tuned, list your station in as
many directories you can find. From my experience these are the
directories that get you the biggest audience.

TuneIn – use the tuneIN api to get best results
iTunes – They have strict listing rules, pay attention
Any others found by Googling ‘internet radio directory’ etc..

6. Be consistent 24/7
Stream 24/7 with a consistent format. People tune in from all over the
world, and must find what they expect when they expect it.

7. Create the format/organize music
Create a format, just merely playing a list of songs probably won’t cut it.
Organize your music into categories, create clocks/rotations that create a
feel…

8. Sound Processing is important
Sound processing is important, and you will only be able to do this if you
are using radio automation software. The better your stream sounds, the
more likely you will retain listeners.

9. Voice Tracking or Live Hosting
Giving a personality to the station and talking on air now and then builds a
bond with the audience and gives you an edge, but this is work…

10. Promote at local events
Print cards and give them out at events, post banners at events, market on
social media without being annoying.

11. Be Patient
It takes time to build an audience.. your dream of 10,000 people tuning in
on launch date most probably wont happen… but if you work at it, you can
build a respectable audience size.

12. Social Media
Promoting on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram can be
very helpful to gain new listeners, but this needs to be done very carefully. Posting every song you play
on Twitter will not entice your audience, and in fact will make you loose your intended impact.
Use social media sparinglly for getting the best results.

more to come………………….

Featured

Version 6.2.3 (04/21/22)

NEW

  1. New update method to fix update error when checking for update from help menu (all)
  2. Adjustable re-connect tolerance in advanced audio settings (all)

FIXED

  1. Added new playlist macro file list, creates the ability to save a set of playlist macros and save them in a category (bx and Onair)
  2. Fixed unintentional fade when playing hooks (bx and Onair)
  3. Fixed certain wav tag data where artist and title were reversed on import of track (all)
  4. Fixed insert static file from within nextkast to rotation editor (bx and Onair)
  5. Marketron visual traffic and radio trafiic reconciliation auto detect improvements (bx and Onair)

MobileVT Web Based Voice Tracking Testimonial

David Brown here with My Harbor Radio.

March of 2022, My Harbor Radio celebrated 2 years of broadcasting southern gospel music.  Our platform is through Live365 and we have been using NextKast to run our programming 24/7 for most of those 2 years.  When we first started the station, it was just my wife and I doing the DJing and programming.  Over the 2 years we have brought on DJs in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and will soon be adding one from North Carolina.  The Mobile VT option has been a great tool for our station.  We currently have 4 DJs that use the VT option regularly, 1 learning, and the 6th one will soon be working in it as well.  I would highly recommend this additional option to any station looking to expand their stations without having to send music to each DJ or purchase a license for each one separately.

The Mobile VT system allows the DJ to log into our “home” computer that runs the NextKast program. The DJ will work directly in the folder that I (the music/ program director) generate.  The DJ has the ability to move the songs around in a different order, and can even add a track just by searching the library by name and inserting it into the playlist.  Once finished recording the DJs voice tracks for that program they simply click on the “export” button and it is exported directly to our “home” computer.   The program then runs as scheduled from the home computer.  Great job on this new addition, we love it at My Harbor Radio.

David Brown
Owner/DJ

www.myharborradio.com

MobileVT Web Based Voicetracking
Curtis In The Middle of Voice tracking

Brent Alberts Testimonial

Winston:
                I wanted to let you know I love your software. This has been
a great experience using Nextkast compared to Station playlist. I love the
analysis as it rotates my library much better. And managing my library is
much easier. I’ve been a commercial radio broadcaster for 53 years. Your
software is by far the best when it comes to library management. I’ve worked
with the best in the commercial broadcast industry, and yours is by far the
best for independent streamers. Thanks for what you have provided for us
independent streamers.

Brent Alberts
Grand Ledge Michigan=

Version 6.2.2 (02/13/22)

NEW

  1. Made it possible to drag and drop newly created URL files (all)
  2. Better on screen indication of when a player is player a URL or remote file

FIXED

  1. Fixed bug that when a wav file with wrong tag is deleted and re-imported old tag would persist
  2. Fixed On deletion of live playlist item playlist position would go to top
  3. Better post hit when Voicetracks are not marked

(WCCU Coastal Carolina University Radio Station) customer Testimonial

WCCU is Coastal Carolina University’s student run online radio station, where anyone anywhere can tune in on the Tune Inn app, or from wccuradio.com! Here, students are encouraged to show their skills and passion in any and all topics, ranging from sports to mental health to hobbies and more! Dr. Jeffery Ranta and the production team put together quality content with the use of NextKast automaton system, offering playlists and rotations for students and faculty to enjoy a premium radio experience any time, anywhere!

(www.radiogoudvanoud.nl) Customer Testimonial

First of all, I want to thank you for creating an excellent product. We have been using Nextkast Broadcast for our Radio Goud van Oud (Netherlands) station since 2017.We have tried many broadcast programs but NK is the right program for us. The support is exceptionally good. Winston Potgieter (founder) is always willing to help you get the most out of the program. He is also always working to improve the program where necessary.We use it for rotations, pre-recorded programs, live broadcasting and voicetracking. Voicetracking with NK is amazing.Keep on the good work! Thank you..

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