Time To Create Your Own Internet Radio Station?
Have you ever wanted to stream online? It’s NOT as difficult as you might think to start your own Internet radio station.
Last updated on: September 25th, 2016
at 09:51 AM Europe/London
SAM Broadcaster for the Mac has now been Scrapped/discontinued by Spacial Audio!
This past few days I’ve seen a few users saying they were having issues when installing SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) edition.
For some unknown reason it appears the crossover version won’t connect to the users MySQL database.
Database installation problems with SAM Broadcaster aren’t just confined to the Mac (Crossover) version.
I had no end of problems trying to get SAM to install the database in the Windows version in the past.
As I said in a previous post…
It appears the SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) version was cobbled together in a rush to get a working release out.
The SAM Broadcaster Mac edition isn’t native Mac software. It’s just the Windows version ported over.
I knew there would be problems when Spacial ported SAM Broadcaster to the Mac.
The Windows version has enough of it’s own issues & bugs to begin with.
Sadly when it comes to the Mac there aren’t that many alternatives when it comes to radio automation software written natively for OS X.
The only other “alternative” I can suggest is installing Windows on Virtualbox on your Mac and have that running a copy of software such as RadioDJ
We realise that’s probably not an ideal solution for most Mac users but we’re afraid its as good as you’re going to get at the moment.
Who knows one day maybe some boffin will come up with a decent “Native” automation software package for the Mac…
Stop paying $$$ for software from Spacial Audio you’re just paying them to lurch from one disaster to another.
Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:40 PM Europe/London
Went to look at Spacial Audio’s page on Twitter this morning and noticed this in amongst Spacial’s twitter feed.
@Spacial I've never been so mad at a support line. worst technical support I have ever experienced. looking for a new service Thnx 4 nothing
As you can see from this tweet this guy isn’t happy with the lack of help from Spacial Audio support. When will people learn?
SAM Broadcaster tends to crash and freeze pretty often it’s never been a stable program.
Not a week passes without me seeing someone struggling to do a live radio show because SAM Broadcaster wasn’t working.
There is NEVER an excuse for fobbing off or even lying to a customer wanting help after they’ve paid you for a service/program.
If Spacial were a UK company someone would have taken them to trading standards or even a consumer program such as watchdog.
I’ve been accused of lying about Spacial Audio and their shockingly bad customer service & apparently I also lie about SAM Broadcaster and it’s many problems.
If you’re a DJ or radio station owner and you’re looking for a radio automation program forget paying $$$ to Spacial for SAM Broadcaster.
The smart DJ’s and radio station owners are switching to RadioDJ free radio automation software.
(Click on the logo to download RadioDJ or right click and “Save Link As”)
RadioDJ won’t crash on you like SAM Broadcaster and has far better support via the community ran forums.
There are NO hidden fees or catches with RadioDJ despite what Spacial Audio might try and make out.
People really need to STOP buying software from Spacial.
SAM Broadcaster really is as badly programmed as the posts on this blog make out..
If Spacial Audio carry on treating their customers badly or keep treating support tickets like confetti soon they won’t have any customers left to support…
Last updated on: October 23rd, 2016
at 11:16 AM Europe/London
Reading a topic on the Spacial forums from a user who’s having those dreaded “Buffering” issues with the encoders in SAM Broadcaster.
The SVS volunteers on the Spacial forums are trying yet again to blame the problem on the user’s connection.
It’s NOT the user’s broadband connection, ISP or even shoutcast/icecast server at fault, It’s the encoders in SAM Broadcaster being poorly coded. The user has already explained that their Internet connection is working as it should…
The SAM Broadcaster encoders have failed on us several times on several different computers with different ISP providers, They even buffered while streaming to a local shoutcast server on the same PC. So it’s not someones connection at fault.
Even the old winamp DSP plugin encoders would suffer from the same problem.
“It’s a long standing BUG in badly coded software”
I’ve written before about the encoders in SAM Broadcaster buffering.
It’s nothing new there are still over 28 pages of posts on the subject on the SAM Broadcaster forums.
All of those users being told it’s their computer or Internet connection at fault when in reality it’s the software itself.
This is not an issue we’ve ran into using other encoding software. We never had a problem with buffering when we used other software to encode with.
We last used the Streaming plugin for RadioDJ to do a test with and it held up for well over 10 days without any errors or buffering.
We only had to restart the PC because of Windows 10 updates.
The encoders buffering in SAM Broadcaster is a BUG that has never been fixed and has been in the program since the days of version v2.7.7
We really do wish Spacial SVS support on the forums would stop blaming peoples connections when the encoders buffer in SAM Broadcaster.
Last updated on: March 4th, 2016
at 13:50 PM Europe/London
Pirate radio stations are nothing new they’ve been on the go since the 1960s with Radio Caroline …
I can still remember two Scunthorpe DJ’s attempt at a pirate radio station. It was called WLNG & Broadcast on 104.9 FM on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the late 1980s.
There’s very little information about WLNG on Google just a couple of mentions in articles.
Fast forward to the pirate stations of today. It would appear to all intents that Haringey & Hackney Councils in London are having a crackdown on Pirate stations using their properties to broadcast from.
I can see why they’ve had a crackdown some of those aerials in the video below are badly cobbled together. Have to admit they look like complete eyesores on the top of buildings as well.
We would soon notice if a pirate radio station had put an aerial on the roof of our building. Mind they’d have to gain access to it first.
Our message to the Pirate radio stations being hassled by these Council/Ofcom officials.
Internet Radio is the future of broadcasting & it’s not all that difficult to start your own online radio station.
You just need a decent PC (1GB of RAM would do) decent broadband connection, decent microphone and mixing desk, along with decent streaming/automation software and a Shoutcast/Icecast server.
We know of a lot of radio stations on the Internet that have been on the go for years and as far as we’re aware they have never owned a licence to stream.
So it seems NO one really checks if your legit or not on the Internet.
In any case you could just move your server to another IP if the authorities were snooping on your broadcasts.
It’s amazing how popular streaming online radio has become in the last 10 years. So it’s little wonder there are so many pirate stations.
Hopefully you shouldn’t have to worry about your transmission equipment or aerials being seized by officials.
Unless you were broadcasting some really bad content!
Sexism/Homophobia/Racism/Islamophobia/Jihad are definite no go areas when it comes to broadcasting even if you’re a pirate broadcasting from a bedroom.
Remember at the end of the day no one wants to listen to crap.
Last updated on: September 30th, 2016
at 10:30 AM Europe/London
Someone recently did a search for “Free Program Like SAM Broadcaster” on this website.
It’s refreshing to see people searching for alternatives to SAM Broadcaster.
If you want a FREE program like SAM Broadcaster then you need RadioDJ free radio automation software.
Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 19:40 PM Europe/London
The searches we see on the Google analytics dashboard for this blog make us laugh some days.
Others searches make me think I need to do a blog post about that…
Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 17:19 PM Europe/London