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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 6.4.1 (1/29/23)

ADDED

  1. reshuffle daily option for music scheduler
  2. shows tracks in red that were scheduled from broken rule and shows detail of why in track notes
  3. allow commercials type categories to have a artist and title separation
  4. updated generate playlist button with icon
  5. added option in advanced settings to convert all music audio files to shd with embedded metadata (nkManager does this work)
  6. allowed double line text in rotation / playlist view
  7. added category sub colors
  8. divider lines in playlist views
  9. Auto VT export option now works with internal scheduler
  10. if outro of imaging is marked, nextkast will attempt to hit into until(post) on incoming track)
  11. Dynamic AGC implemented for running individual sound cards
  12. template merge can now specify day by name template, MondayMerge.tpl .. etc
  13. added option in schedule to block import of external playlist in certian hours
  14. improved PLM to include static files
  15. http encoder meta data calls removed timestamp (not needed)
  16. double click in played search to filter but clicked name
  17. show player number active in stacked player view

FIXED

  1. break notes and nowplaying files duplicate stream encode meta data send behavior
  2. fixed static files not scheduling using ipass
  3. fixed cue sheets to handle “PREGAP” line
  4. Fixed library meta date delete when track is deleted from nextkast
  5. improved timing calculation in ipass to include cue points
  6. fixed mobileVT when using SHD files

Version 6.4.0 (1/2/23)

NEW

  1. delete playlist older than 5 days and voicetracks older than 21 days on home click
  2. if auto import is checked in adv settings vtjobs creation bypass ask dialog
  3. option for ‘can upload’ in MobileVT under user pofile
  4. ports now required on MobileVT (allows for multiple on single machine or IP)
  5. larger font sized and colors in small icon view for categories and playlist/rotation view
  6. on app.log larger than 10mb rename and no confirmation dialog
  7. update save active playlist on insert from search to reflect on mobilevt golive
  8. added install path option for onAir version to allow multiple installs on one server
  9. added ROT and PLS home buttons to filter playlist and rotations
  10. allowed both upper and lower case for natural log imports for break markers “#commercial break#”
  11. added random hour order for song picker when generating playlist and iPass is enabled
  12. eliminate vt export dialog on satellite only talent schedules
  13. added new automated test option in category health window and window now shows most scheduling options
  14. re-arranged settings window
  15. added fx option for vt players (set in mic settings)
  16. added the ability to list rotation list in plm to use as packets
  17. double click in gray are in rotation/playlist list to filter between rotations and playlist in view

FIXED

  1. fix total time when calculating merge commands
  2. fixed time range and date range with files that are cart numbers
  3. alot of fixes to iPass multi pass scheduling
  4. added intro time when importing external playlist to show in MobileVT
  5. playTrackFromCategory macro now places categories in imported playlist so they get picked on playlist load not next song load
  6. hide mobilevt and golive config rewrite on nkmanager startup
  7. Sync masterLibrary between nkManager and nextkast in real time (search library)
  8. fixed time range restriction
  9. improved dayPart segment separation code and made it work only for selected categories ( not global)
  10. modified vt auto mark when vt markers are missing to handle transitioning into no intro tracks
  11. time restriction rename and delete improved on track edit and delete
  12. fixed break notes using ipass for generating playlists
  13. fixed rounding of time column in rotation builder
  14. added category average time refresh when pressing refresh button on track list screen
  15. get trimmed length to include nextstart in rotation builder
  16. fixed infinite repick if last track in a short hour was a statically inserted file

Importing from Other Automation Systems

In the latest version of nextkast onAir we have expanded the ability to import meta data from other automations systems.

We now support importing metadata from RadioDJ, Station Playlist, Natural Music, PlayoutOne, Wide Orbit and many others. This allows you to evaluate NextKast onAir for your station with much quicker and minimal setup.

For more information call Winston at 210-286-2975

Version 6.3.8 (11/13/22)

NEW

goLive / MobileVT / RemoteVT (onAir and Broadcast Versions)

  1. Improvements in GoLive gui with new buttons on bottom of screen when running on desktop
  2. added sample buttons to goLive audio feed
  3. allowed insert track to goLive
  4. added move track syncing in current playlist goLive
  5. on playlist reorder resave active playlist in playout screen and update goLive screen if connected
  6. added multi party goLive option, up to three can connect and hear each other (multi party radio show live remote hosting)
  7. added remote recording in goLive screen
  8. Added MobileVT auto server start fix ( quicker to configure changing ip )
  9. added station clock to goLive GUI
  10. added delete track in mobileVT (not only vt delete)
  11. allowed for up to 60 vt user accounts
  12. added remote volume lowering of studio feed in goLive for multi party hosts
  13. created affiliate vtjob disbursement schedule ( 1 host can be sent to multiple affiliates )

Playback Engine / GUI

  1. added tag checking for all supported audio file types (All)
  2. added stream, ftp, http, and remote file insert asset (right click on add track +) (onAir and BX)
  3. on playlist reorder resave active playlist in playout screen and update goLive screen if connected (All)
  4. added template merge (name it templateMerge.tpl and place in traffic log folder)(onAir and BX)
  5. added OPUS and .shd audio file compatibility (All)
  6. If track name is less that 12 characters will display as cart number in category list and playlist (onAir)
  7. added automatic track update in current playlist changes active playlist will automatically update (All)
  8. Imporved GUI updated icons (All)
  9. added new segement markers for rendering segments (wav and mp3)(onAir and BX)
  10. added if track is not valid, skip it (All)
  11. other than mp3 meta data now sored in database to increase tag retrieval for large libraries 10K + tracks (All)
  12. Played search screen added to playout only screen (All)
  13. when schedule is enabled, when pressing any hour, edit will will be assumed (All)
  14. automatically set playlist to generate from1 to 30 days in advance without human intervention (if nkMnager is open it will generate, if not nextkast will genrate 5 after midnight) (All)
  15. added ability to import set up from PlayoutOne (All)
  16. NK will look for duplicate cart numbers and warn on import. (onAir)
  17. added new date/hor view when naviating from playout only screen to playlist editor screen (All)
  18. added ability to externally edit tracks loaded in nextkast and automatically return to cue window when done (All)
  19. Update start time even when running in Playlist Mode (All)

Playlist Macros / GPIO (On Air)

  1. added send tcp and udp playlist macros
  2. added ability to set time inside a mergeExternalTrafficLog marker
  3. added multi-level trafic merging (local, network, program) configurable
  4. added support for audioScience GPIO triggers
  5. added Category and track length to meta send
  6. added upd meta send and fully tested http, tcp and udp meta send
  7. added setAsTemplate playlist macro (first command in list) will make the scheduler create hour without regard to time (exact rotation as playlist)
  8. added startOrStopRecord macro to trigger recording from playlist macro
  9. added ability to save playlist macros to Sample buttons to trigger satelite and other macro commands
  10. added http server so playlist macros can be called from http commands externally
  11. added template merge for synchronicity (name it templateMerge.tpl and place in traffic log folder)
  12. added many new playlist macro options
  13. added playlist macro profile to allow scheduling of different playlist macro profiles in a week

FIXED

  1. fixed IOS safari compatibility with goLive (onAir and BX)
  2. Fixed occasional flange in mic when using chrome or edge (onAir and BX)
  3. fixed mic volume from changing between app loads in certian windows sizes (All)
  4. fixed admin checkbox in mobileVT and goLive (onAir and BX)
  5. Fixed playlist macro builder list not showing first inserted item as yellow (All)
  6. Improved talent add and remove process for remote voicetracking (onAir and BX)
  7. show track length in clock view for rotation builder when adding playlist macros with length (All)
  8. if track is not valid, skip it (All)
  9. on track insert, show from category (All)
  10. fixed track time calculation when in stacked player mode. (All)
  11. Updatetime correctly shows future time when selecting jumpto (All)
  12. block user from moving track in Playout only screen during transition (All)
  13. fixed the ability for NK to autostart if some tracks are missing in current playlist (All)
  14. Improved MusicMaster Nexus Import and Sync Processes(On Air)

6.3.8 11/13/2022

  1. Minor bug fixes
  2. added meta data import for Wide Orbit (onAIr)

Version 6.2.6 (07/01/22)

7/1/22 version 6.2.6

NEW

  1. Initial release for GoLive MobileVT feature (BX and OnAIr)
  2. New playout only screen , size the two frames as preferred(All)
  3. Refreshed some GUI icons (All)
  4. New option to hide mic, linein and sweeper buttons in adv settings (All)
  5. New Stacked Player View option available in settings -> adv screen (All)
  6. added drop down for schedule mode in scheduler(All)
  7. many code speed optimizations(All)
  8. Added copy and paste functions in Rotation Editor

FIXED

  1. Missing tracks will not look for all supported file types (All)
  2. Fixed MobileVT not rendering some tracks when originals were non-mp3 or wavs (BX and OnAIr)
  3. minor IU improvements (All)
  4. More improvements to auto update of playlist in active hour (All)
  5. Fixed certain wav tag data where artist and title were reversed on import of track (All)
  6. Improved Playlist Macro File functionality in a category (BX and OnAir)
  7. Fixed sweeper checks not saving in European versions of windows

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

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