Have you ever listened to the radio and thought what a great job it would be to be a DJ? Playing whatever you want and engaging with your audience? Well, these days it’s not really that hard to achieve as using the internet offers a wide range of options available to you that are not very expensive and don’t need vast technical knowledge of either the software or the hardware involved. Read on to learn more about Internet broadcasting and check out this course, The Podcast Blueprint to get started.
Understand the Basics
In order to start you will need a computer that you can use as the server. This can be your own computer at the beginning but later on, as you get more adventurous, you will find it’s probably more efficient to have one that you can use as a dedicated server leaving your personal computer available for other activities.
You will also need to decide on whether you are looking to do this for profit or as a hobby, but that does not need to be a decision you need to make right at the start. The beauty of internet radio is that you will have the opportunity to broadcast to a small audience at the start to get your feet wet before looking at ways to increase your listener base.
Choose Your Software
Selecting from several programs on the market can be daunting at first. You want something that takes a lot of the ‘heavy lifting’ out of many areas of internet broadcasting and includes the basic infrastructure that you will need. Find something that will transmit your broadcasts and make it easy for listeners to locate and listen to your station.
You can choose between a free service or a paid service. Some options have an enormous range of packages that begin at $4 per month and can go as high as around $100. The main difference between each of the packages is the amount of server space you will have access to which in turn dictates the size of your audience. The more server space the greater the number of people who can tune in to your show at the same time. Many software programs find that the most popular personal broadcasting package is the ‘gold’ package which offers a subscription cost per month and includes one gigabyte of server space which is enough to have an audience of over 50 people at any one time.
There are also options available for professional quality packages that are significantly more expensive and are priced, depending on your needs. Mae sure to submit your requirements directly to any of the services you choose. One of the best parts is some services will take care of all licensing and royalty payments for a small additional fee that, if you were doing it on your own, you would be responsible for.
Once you have got your new radio station on the air there are certain skills that you will need to master in order to make your show sound professional. In order to be a good radio show host as well as playing your selection of tunes in order to engage your audience making them want to listen for longer periods of time and talk about to their friends and online social network connections. One of the most interesting things about talking on a music radio show is that even if you have never noticed it, professional DJs always talk over some kind of background sound either music or a related jingle. This is because talking in dead air sounds very odd to most people and people tune out the background noises when you are talking and only notice there isn’t the background sound when there actually isn’t any.
A good way to do this is to set up a musical bed. A musical bed is a piece of unobtrusive music that will not interfere with what you are saying but will provide the comforting background sound that people are used to hearing. If you can find them, the best pieces to use are long instrumental pieces that have some progression but not so much that stopping it will sound strange to the listener. You can also use a relatively short piece of music and loop it so that you can start it and stop it once you are ready to begin and end talking. Ideally having a combination of both in your repertoire is ideal.
There are also other options for fitting some talk into your music show such as choosing songs that have very long introductions and endings during which you can tell your listeners about what they have been hearing and what is coming up next. It will take some time for you to get used to controlling the different musical beds and making introductions to songs and other chat sound natural but over time it will become like second nature.
Plan Your Show
Before you go on the air each time you will need to spend time planning it. First of all you need to decide how long your show is going to be and calculate the amount of play time you have for music. The next step is to find a selection of music that you want to play that will fit in the play time by timing each piece and decide the order of play. You also need to figure out what you want to say and how long it will take to say it. Put these two things together and have a couple of backup songs handy and you have the makings on a basic show. Once you have a functioning and professional sounding show you will find that gaining a growing audience is just a matter of time as word spreads.
As you can see, Internet Broadcasting is not as complex as you might have originally imagined. In just a few steps, you can have your own podcast. To put your best foot forward from day one, you should enroll in these Udemy courses, Planning Your Podcast and How to Podcast Like a Pro. For additional resources, it might help to read this blog, How to Start a Podcast: Make Your Voice Heard!