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Internet Radio vs. Terrestrial Radio

Although terrestrial radio is still the most listened to medium, Internet radio is growing in leaps and bounds. Will terrestrial radio ever go away in the near future, I don't think so especially if they also stream their programming. Here are some recent statistics according to Rain News. It looks like more and more people are only going to join the streaming audio bandwagon. According to Rain News, audio streaming listening hours are estimated to grow more than 40 percent, from 30 billion in 2014 to 43 billion in 2017. That plays out to be roughly 180 million U.S. digital radio listeners, per eMarketer. It’s no wonder, considering streaming radio is pretty good at what it does. How so? Adv

Running a Radio Station Takes Work and Dedication If You Have No Desire To Do This.......Turn it Off

Yesterday was a very hot, sticky day on Delmarva so I decided that I would spend the afternoon indoors working on my internet radio station. I usually voice track a day or two but I had more time so I freshened up some of the imaging and developed a library of community information. We aim to include community information in with our regular oldies programming. I recorded ongoing community events and stored them in a folder to rotate in and out of the our programming rotation. I've heard radio stations that do nothing and sound exactly the same day after day after day! Why bother? I will say to myself ! What an unbelievable waste of time and money. If you're not giving the audience anything,

Listening to Music Then and Now

Music listening has changed dramatically over the years. Throughout my life methods of listening to our favorite tunes evolved from listening on a stationary radio in your home in the early 1950's to AM radio's in cars. The transistor radio was developed in the 1950's but didn't really become popular until the 1960's. I had many transistor radio's as a kid. My radio went with me everywhere. Earphones were available for them but the sound quality was poor. In the developed world nearly every household had a vacuum tube type radio and most cars were being made with radios in them. We either listened to music on the radio or played vinyl records on a record player. In 1967 everyone was excited

Where Were You When John Lennon Was Shot?

Do you know where you were when John Lennon was shot? I remember it like it was yesterday. I was out with a friend at a pub in Caldwell, NJ. We had to call it a night pretty early because the next day was a work day. I flipped on the radio on Route 80 east bound in NJ and heard the John Lennon song "Imagine." After the song came the very shocking, sad news. The details of some events never leave you and this was one of them. Here's a article on John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman who was denied parole for the tenth time. J ohn Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman has been denied parole for a tenth time, Reuters reports. Chapman shot and killed Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building

Net Neutrality At It's Best!

This year congress passed the Net Neutrality law giving large corporations the ability to slow internet connection speeds and charge more for a faster connection. The recent article below demonstrates what greed and very bad laws can cause. For us internet broadcasters, it means that we have to pay more to ensure a faster connection! As Santa Clara County firefighters fought the largest wildfire in California’s history, Verizon slowed down their “unlimited” internet connection and demanded money be paid to upgrade to a different data plan, delivering “significant impact” on the emergency services. Fire Chief Anthony Bowden wrote to the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Colum

The Eagles' Greatest Hits Becomes All-Time Top Selling Album

The Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 has become the best-selling album of all time. Having sold 38 million copies, the Recording Industry Association of America has certified the 1976 production as 38x platinum. The Greatest Hits album has moved past Michael Jackson's Thriller, which had sold 33 million. In a double achievement for the Eagles, their 26x-platinum Hotel California has jumped to No. 3 on the all-time list following RIAA recertification. As the title suggests, The Greatest Hits album features the best songs from the Eagles during the five year period between 1971 and 1975. "We are grateful for our families, our management, our crew, the people at radio and, most of all, the

Do Part 15 Radio Stations Have to Get Music Licensing

The following information was published from the Part 15 Lab Blog. From 2002 - 2004 I operated a Part 15 station and I got the proper music licensing. The fact is that if you are broadcasting music to the public, you have to obtain the proper music licensing. The article below will discuss the details. The facts: If you are publicly broadcasting licensed, copyrighted music, regardless if yours is a licensed station, a Part 15 unlicensed station, or a bar room jukebox, you are required to obtain a license, pay the fees for the rights, and provide periodic logs (this is a touchy subject for some who disagree). For Part 15 stations, a license is obtainable from BMI at www.bmi.com/licensing

My Journey Down Radio Lane

My first commercial radio job started in 1978 where I worked weekends at a station is Sussex County, NJ, WSUS an adult Contemporary and Country station at the same time. They called it "Town and Country radio." Since that time I've worked at nine commercial stations during the 70s 80s 90s and early 2000's. Having the passion of radio, I worked most weekends and held a full time job in Business Systems in New York City. There was a brief time in the early 1980's that I stopped working on weekends. It was a time when I wanted to be with my friends on the weekends and do a little more partying. That only lasted about two years when the urge returned and I once again started working weekends at

Live 365 Hands Down Over Radionomy

If you're thinking of starting an internet radio station, the first thing that you need to do is decide on a hosting service. There are many out there. If you're broadcasting music you can either pay for royalties directly or select a service that pays the royalties for you. The choice is extremely limited This is a separate subject that we're not going to discuss today. When Live 365 was forced to shut down several years ago, I scrambled to move Edgewater Gold Radio to a different hosting service. I hastily chose Radionomy. It was a free service located in Europe. This was my largest mistake in the 16 years that I'm running Edgewater Gold Radio. Radionomy is a service that offers absolutel

Own an Internet or LPFM Radio station? You Must Promote, Promote, Promote!!!

So you've just put on internet radio station or LPFM on the air and you sit back, listen and are proud of all of your hard work. You may think that the world is listening to you but ....take a deep breath........you're the only listener. Why? no one knows you exist, what you do or where to find you! One of the main mistakes LPFM's and internet radio stations make is concentrate on all of the technicalities and do little or nothing to promote your service. In a sea of hundreds of thousands of stations streaming and on the AM or FM band yours is a spec in the universe! You have to be the one to take the initiative to get the word out. This takes persistence , time and in some cases money. I s

When Streaming, Pay Attention to DMCA Rules

So what is DMCA? Here's the official definition: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States Copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). For our purposes, the DMCA is the rule-maker of what can and cannot be legally broadcast on Internet Radio. Believe it or not, there are rules that we internet broadcasters have to follow in order to be in compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The rules have been modified over the years and sometimes they're difficult to follow. So what does this mean to us? Well here's what it means when it comes to broadcasting music. This is only part of a long, complica

Sometimes We Have To Stop Spinning Our Wheels

I tell you this has week has been a bit frustrating for me. I've been working on simulcasting a Classic hits stream for the over night hours on Edgewater Gold Radio. After days of trying to get the stream to run properly and scratching my head trying to figure out while the automation program rules aren't working for this stream, the stream still doesn't follow the rules that were set up. The system is not running the Legal ID or the scheduled commercials at the top of the hour. It is also not starting the stream automatically like it's scheduled to do. So after days of trying everything I could, I've decided to let it go for now and not run the classic hits stream at stick to my regular pr

Modifying Radio Formats

In the radio world, we always strive to get the largest audience that we can. Unfortunately, this is difficult to achieve. It you are passionate about one type of music, you must understand that not everyone enjoys your particular genre or style. Large corporations that own many radio stations, usually only care about selling advertising so they choose to cater to a very young audience. I have a passion for oldies. Songs that go back to the fifties through the 80's. This includes lots of different types of songs. Some people may enjoy the 70s while some love the 60's. Gaining an audience that doesn't tune out when they hear a 50's song or tune out when they hear an 80's song can be quite di

Should You "Force Stop" or A Natural Legal ID Transition

You're probably saying "what is he talking about?" In this world of radio digitization and automation we have to pay close attention to every detail. When you set up radio automation, there is usually an option that enables to force stop and play the stations legal ID or make a natural transition and play the legal ID when the element on the air is over. The FCC says that a station's legal ID must be played at the top of the hour or as close as possible. If a programmer chooses to "Force Stop," whatever is playing on the air will quickly fade out exactly at the top of the hour and the ID will play. If you choose a natural transition, the ID will play at the natural program break. For example

New Overnight Show for Edgewater Gold Radio

Beginning tonight at 12 mid, we've added a new program to Edgewater Gold Radio. "Mike Overnight" will keep you rockin with great tunes from the 70s and 80's and provide you with trivia and lots of interesting information all night long. It's perfect for all of the night owls and great for our listeners overseas in other time zone. We are working to provide our listeners with the greatest variety of oldies anywhere. Look for something new for weekends coming up! When programming a radio station the key is to be consistent and keep it fresh. I'm working hard to achieve this!

The Quality Not Quantity of Listeners Is What Matters In Internet Radio

Now you're probably asking yourself "what the heck does he mean by quality of listeners?" This is a good question. Quality of listeners means how long a listener is tuned to your station and what are the "turn off" points. Fortunately with digital broadcasting, we can see listener data making it much easier to decide on certain factors such as program modification or format. It's always great to see high listening numbers in your reports but how long are these people listening? What is the average time a listener tunes into your station. If you have 3,000 listeners on a given day and those listeners are tuned to your station for an average of 1.5 hours, thats much better than having 10,000 l

Music over Money - The Thing that makes Internet Radio More Diverse

During the past few days I've been discussing music formats for radio stations. Edgewater Gold Radio plays a large variety of oldies from the 50s through the 80's. We can do that because the music is the most important thing to me and preserving these great songs has always been one of my goals. Radio advertisers think that anyone over 40 is dead. Therefore, corporate owned terrestrial radio stations play newer music and "poo poo" oldies. These corporate giants don't care about the music, they only care about how much money they can make! So diversity in terrestrial radio has gone by the wayside. Boring cookie cutter formats dominate the radio dial and people over 45 or 50 have no where to t

Internet Radio Competition - What to Expect

Owning an internet radio station takes lots of time and patience. We talked about what can go wrong. Today we're going to talk about how to acquire an audience and this also takes a lot of patience. Back in 2002 when I first started Edgewater Gold Radio, there were no smart phones or mobile devices. Internet radio was in it's infancy so there weren't that many stations. You Tube also didn't exist at the time. Your main competition were the terrestrial AM and FM stations. Today internet technology has improved greatly and there are now thousands and thousands of stations in practically every country in the world! So how does one obtain an audience? It is not easy. I would choose a format an

So Many Ideas, So Little Time!

When running an internet radio station, we are always looking for ways to make it better. Yesterday I was over loaded with ideas! There are several new shows that I'm thinking about airing while learning new technology that will make an internet outage more fool proof. Even though I have an Auto DJ ready to go in the event of a power failure, yesterday I learned that there was a way to run my live program simultaneously in a cloud. This will be the ultimate solution and it's something that I want to consider but I am not ready yet. I have lots of tasks that I'm involved with, including running and programming a new over night show with a new DJ. I'm also looking at a program modification for

Windows 10 Can Reek Havoc on Internet Radio Stations

First let me start with at question. Why in God's name would Microsoft ever release a version of Windows that shuts down at will to update? This can reek havoc on all kinds of businesses including internet radio! I don't know why so many updates are necessary but I do understand that some need to happen.. Even if you change the settings, the relentless Windows 10 will push an update through, and shut down the computer even though your settings tell it not to. What possessed Microsoft to do this?? I keep asking myself this question. Wouldn't have made more sense to notify the consumer of an update and let them choose if and when then want to shut down their computer to install it. No because

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