Start Your Internet Radio Station with RadioDJ

Q: Have you ever wanted to start your own online Internet radio station?

 
Internet radio can be a really great hobby to have, Once you get used to how everything works it’s great fun. It can be daunting at first but don’t be afraid of searching Google or radio forums for tips and advice.

Most people think setting up an online Internet radio station will cost them lots of $$$.

It need not cost you anything to initially setup your own online radio station. (Not misleading!)

Yes you heard that right! You can start your Internet radio station for FREE with RadioDJ (Yes it’s really FREE)

You will need a decent PC with minimum of 1GB RAM and a decent broadband connection in order to stream successfully.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

RadioDJ is a fully fledged radio studio automation package which once installed and configured works rather well at automating music/jingles/promos, Which of course is what the program was designed to do.

RadioDJ can be left alone for long periods of time to do what it does best.

Follow this link to a easy to follow tutorial on How to setup RadioDJ

You can find some other handy radio software downloads on this page

If you have any issues setting RadioDJ up you can find help on the Community Forums

After you’ve installed RadioDJ you will then need a Shoutcast or Icecast server to stream to.

Shoutcast DNAS server page

You can find some FREE shoutcast/icecast hosting by searching Google for “Free Streaming servers”

Alternatively you can pay a Shoutcast/icecast host for a server from around $2/3 a month. Do your research on Google and steer clear of hosts who offer “Unlimited Listeners”

“There is NO such thing as unlimited listener slots! All servers max out their bandwidth/processing power eventually”

 
Make your station unique! Stand out from the crowd and who knows eventually you could have a successful online Internet radio station.

Tip: Be patient don’t expect to learn everything within 5 minutes, Like every hobby it will take time to get used to what does what.

Please Note: In order to be Legal in your country of origin you will need a licence to stream music on the Internet.

Happy streaming!

Web Hosting But Only If Your a SAM Broadcaster user?

An advert popped up on a forum a couple of days back for Shoutcast Streaming’s samPHPweb & samHTMLweb Web Hosting package.

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Is it just me or does the advert actually sound like they only want to host your website if your a SAM Broadcaster user?

Doesn’t sound to me like they would host your website if you were using other software such as RadioDJ

Looking at the price of this website hosting service it’s not that expensive but you could probably do it yourself cheaper.

You could just set up a web server using WAMP on your home PC pointing your domain to your IP and take requests that way.

Or you could rent a VPS server from around $1.25 a month with a hell of a lot more storage space.

 
Hosting your own website gives you much more control over things especially when you run your own VPS.

You control what ports you have open etc. Unlike SAM Broadcaster RadioDJ only requires 1 port (SQL 3306) to be open for requests.

I started out with an Apache web server on my PC about 11 years ago and it worked great at the time.

In this day and age most broadband connections are pretty stable and fast.

So it shouldn’t be a problem hosting your own website on a home PC.

If you do go a for a VPS, have a look round. There are some pretty¬†¬†but choose what’s best for you and your location.

We have a self managed VPS and it’s usually rock solid and performs like a star. However every server has its limits and sometimes there are outages beyond our control.

It’s really not that hard running your own website. Once you learn how to get it working properly you’ll wonder why you ever paid a website host in the first place.

Remember when it comes to learning stuff like setting up your own web server or VPS Google is your friend not your enemy!

 
The information is out there if you search hard enough.

If Shoutcast Streaming is only pandering to SAM Broadcaster PHP/HTML users then that would be a shame as I could have pointed a few users of RadioDJ in his direction.

N.B: Running a home web server is dependant on external factors such as your upload & download speeds if you have a poor broadband connection then it may be a better option to look at hosting your website on a VPS.

Before anyone has a go at me!

I’m just pointing out that there are other “alternatives” when it comes to hosting a website/server. You don’t have a monopoly on website hosting!

Stand Alone Encoding Software

With RadioDJ you have a couple of options when it comes to streaming.

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You can either use a Plugin or you can use a standalone piece of encoding software.

“I’m a big fan of using a standalone piece of software to encode with as it frees up RadioDJ to do what it does best!”

 
Here are just some of the encoding programs available.

1) MB Recaster (4 free encoders) M B Recaster

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2) BUTT (Free) BUTT

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3) Edcast standalone Edcast

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4) RadioCaster ($49.95) (Shoutcast v1 v2 & Icecast) RadioCaster

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Happy streaming!

Please note: We cannot be held liable for content/software on another website. We just supply links to the websites/downloads of software.

Song Title Updater

Song Title Updater

This is a useful tool if you are using encoding software which doesn’t support title updating.
 
It’s easy enough to configure and use.

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1) Download and unzip This folder
2) Unzip & place the .exe file on the C:\ drive outside of the program folder.
3) Create a blank folder on the C:\ drive called “Titles” (Make sure it has the correct read/write permissions)
4) Point the title updater to the titles directory.
5) Enter your Shoutcast/Icecast server details. Click server type for Icecast or shoutcast v1 or v2.
6) If your radio software has a NowPlaying.txt or similar select text file and browse to where the .txt file is.
7) Click start and if all goes to plan you should have automatic title updates.

 
Just rinse and repeat if you have multiple servers to update the titles on.

Give the other instances of the program a different name (e.g: songtitleup2.exe)

Note: All downloads supplied as seen.

Shoutcast Now Playing to Twitter

Shoutcast Now Playing to Twitter

We used this script for quite some time and it’s a great way to tell your followers on Twitter what songs you are playing on your station.

It takes the now playing info from a Shoutcast v1 server and posts it on Twitter.

Please note: This version only works with Shoutcast v1 servers.

(If you require a Shoutcast v2 script there are scripts available on the Winamp Forums)

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Basic instructions: What is required to use the script?

1) A valid Twitter account.
2) Setup an application & generate API keys from dev.twitter.com
3) A PHP enabled web server with an open @fsock connection (It won’t work without it.)
4) The The Twitter script files
5) Unzip the folder to the root of your website.
6) Enter all your API keys into the twitter.php file along with your Shoutcast server details then save
7) Upload all the required files to your server/website host.

 
Open the webpage in a browser to point to the twitter.php page (example: http://yoursite/twitter/twitter.php) If all has gone to plan you should see this.

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If you have your own VPS setup a cron job to post to twitter as often as required

 

“If you don’t have your own PHP webserver then you can quite easily set one up on your computer with WAMP or just Apache.

 
Search Google for more information on “How to setup a webserver”

That is all there is to it. It’s not that difficult to setup.

N.B: You use this script at your own risk. We cannot be held liable if it screws up your system or doesn’t work for you.

SAM Broadcaster Crack! No Need.

A while back I wrote an article about the amount of tweets on Twitter there were with people offering cracked versions of SAM Broadcaster.

Since I wrote the original article it’s been viewed over 8,174 times and It seems nothing has changed.

There are still idiots out there desperate for an illegal copy of SAM Broadcaster.

You don’t need a SAM Broadcaster Crack!

When you have totally FREE software that doesn’t require keys or patches and that is RadioDJ free radio automation software.

If you have downloaded and installed a cracked/pirated copy of SAM Broadcaster STOP right there! It could be riddled with Trojans and other nasty malware. That’s the last thing you want on your computer! Trojans and viruses could be used to steal your personal information such as Bank details/Website passwords etc.

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SAM Broadcaster is dodgy enough without adding a virus laden copy into the mix. Plus the cracked version will never work properly.

What we suggest you do is uninstall the cracked/patched copy of SAM Broadcaster from your computer making sure you delete the program folder as well.

Then you need to run a virus scan with a decent antivirus software such as Norton/Kaspersky/Bitdefender/Avast/AVG etc…

Also give your registry a repair with CCleaner which is another free program.

After you have done a virus and malware scan.

Download the latest version of RadioDJ by clicking on the picture below.

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

RadioDJ is a free studio automation package that works far better than a dodgy cracked copy of SAM Broadcaster ever will.

With various plugins for stuff like requests and streaming to shoutcast/icecast available for the program.

RadioDJ does everything SAM Broadcaster can but 100 times better.

You’ll be thankful in the end when your computer isn’t crashing all the time because you have a SAM Broadcaster crack installed.

If you have any issues installing and running RadioDJ support can be found on the Community Forums

SAM Broadcaster Free Version?

Q: Where can I find a FREE version of SAM Broadcaster?
A: There is NO such thing as a free copy of SAM Broadcaster it costs $299 to buy

 
(Even then you don’t own the software outright you only lease it!)

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However there is a totally FREE solution (No Hidden fees No Catches)

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RadioDJ doesn’t require registration keys or activation’s to work the full program.

Plus RadioDJ can do everything SAM Broadcaster does ONLY BETTER!

Reasons to use RadioDJ over a pirated version of SAM?

1) Auto DJ function, based on category and subcategory rotation for 24/7 automation;
2) Streaming to Shoutcast/Icecast via a plugin;
3) Great sound via the built in sound processing;
4) Runs on standard PC hardware with at least 1000 MHz CPU and 512 MB RAM;
5) Stability RadioDJ can run for weeks/months and rarely crashes
6) Supports saving and loading play-lists (.m3u and database);
7) Large library support, some database options in SAM only allow 20,000 songs;
8) Now playing artist-title exported to text file, web or serial (by plugin);
9) Works on Windows 10 unlike certain versions of SAM;

 
That’s just a few reasons why you should use RadioDJ free radio automation software.

For a more comprehensive list of RadioDJ features please visit this LINK

You should only need one reason to use RadioDJ and that’s the fact it’s 100% FREE! (Not misleading!)

RadioDJ Free radio automation download

Looking for FREE versions of SAM Broadcaster? You won’t find them and using a warez/pirated copy makes you look like an amateur in the world of online radio. Stop looking for pirated software!

SAM Broadcaster free version… Never in a month of Sundays!

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