The rapid and widespread development of the internet has facilitated of a new form of communication- internet radio. Setting up your own internet radio is not as hard as many people wrongly think. This is because it can be achieved by following the steps mentioned in the forthcoming paragraphs.
In most jurisdictions, internet radio stations are governed under similar or slightly different rules as the traditional ones. One of the very first things you should do therefore is to get permission from the relevant authorities. These include the permission to not only broadcast your own content but also the music and commercials, if any, that would be aired through it. Be aware that most music is protected by law and it is not allowed to broadcast these songs without paying the appropriate fees.
The Right Equipment
Once through with the authorities and having obtained your broadcasting license; the next step would be to get the equipment that you would need in order to set up the station. Some of these include:
(a) Desktop Computers/ laptops- They are some of the most important equipment as they will be used for not only visualizing the production being broadcast but also monitor their continuity.
(b) Microphones- if you will be making any speeches during broadcast, then quality microphones should be purchased to achieve this end.
(c) Headphones- These will b used by the broadcaster in listening to information from outside the studio.
(d) Signal lights- these act as indicators and will communicate to the broadcaster whether they are on air or not.
Establish the website for your online radio station
For listeners to tune into your internet radio station, they will have to visit your website. Getting the site up and running should therefore be done even before the actual broadcasts are started. This will also ensure that there is smooth running immediately you set up your broadcasting servers.
You should make a point of coming up with a website that is of high quality and that can be conveniently and easily accessed by the listeners.
Setup your server
Finally, the last but arguably most important step in setting up your internet radio is setting up your broadcasting servers. In doing this, you should first identify the size and expanse of the audience you would be broadcasting to so as to decide on the most appropriate one that will serve all these listeners adequately. This means that you will have to identify the best bandwidth that will ensure that your broadcasts are streamed at the highest level of quality.
Alternatively, you can have your radio severs hosted by a dedicated internet radio hosting service provider. These work in a similar fashion as website hosting services in that they host the radio in their servers and broadcast the content you provide them with on your behalf. Most of them host stations for free up to a certain number of listeners beyond which they charge the owners of the stations. However, the advantage with going this way is that you can save more in that you will not necessarily need to invest in powerful servers, purchase of data and maintenance of the equipment.