In recent years, and with advances in technology, internet radio stations have become a viable alternative to traditional radio stations.
There are only so many frequencies available for broadcasting on traditional radio. Because of this, it is hard to secure an FCC license, and if you secure one, your broadcast range is limited.
Internet radio eliminates this hurdle. There are no frequencies, and your broadcast can be heard all over the world!
Running a traditional radio station will cost you thousands of dollars in equipment. Internet radio stations are inexpensive to set up. You only need a few things to start broadcasting on your own internet radio station.
- Internet connection
- Mp3 player
- Streaming Software Converter
- Broadcast Server
- USB Microphone
Besides a computer, you also need internet service. For audio you need a program that plays mp3s or other common audio formats; Winamp is a good free one.
You also need a software converter, which will turn your mp3 into a file type acceptable for streaming out to the internet. Edcast works nicely with Winamp.
Lastly, you must select a server to broadcast your stream. You can find several low cost or even free, streaming servers on the internet. Icecast is a popular choice.
You can set up your own server but you will reach more listeners if you use an established streaming service. Also, most internet service providers do not routinely offer the upload speed you would need to stream individual signals to a large audience.
With a wireless internet on the go connection from a company like CLEAR, you can connect via your own 4G internet hotspot.
This means you can broadcast from almost any location where you have wireless internet service. Whether you want to have your own forum to discuss your views, share you musical taste, or promote a product, starting your own internet radio station is a great way to get your voice heard.