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!)
However there is a totally FREE solution (No Hidden fees No Catches)
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!)
By now you are probably aware that I hate a program called SAM Broadcaster made by Spacial Audio.
Let me explain a little as to why I hate it so much:
I discovered Internet radio back in 1999/2000 time when I first started using the Internet. Although It was 2002 before I got chance to actually DJ on the Internet.
One of the stations I listened to was advertising for DJ’s so I signed up & ended up with regular weekly radio show.
I had to use SAM Broadcaster 2.7.9 (Streaming Audio Manager) to do my shows with.
Despite being talked through the setup of the program it was fiddly to setup for a computer novice like me. I’d never worked with MySQL up until that point either.
The program never worked as it should & more often than not it would crash or the encoders would buffer during a live show. The crashing & buffering issues actually lost me the DJ position on the radio station.
I put up with SAM Broadcaster and it’s little quirks for just over 8 years.
The final straw came on New Year’s Day 2011 when an error message similar to the one below popped up and SAM Broadcaster was only playing station jingles. Instead of playing music. It’s what’s known as a “Clockwheel” failure.
It wouldn’t play any songs yet the clockwheel rotation had more than enough songs/artists to choose from.
We had title separation set at 1440 minutes (24 Hours) and artist separation at 240 minutes. So that couldn’t have been the cause of the issue.
SAM Broadcaster just wouldn’t do what it was designed to do and that’s to stream/play music. Enough was enough!
We gave it up as a bad job & I was truly fed up to the back teeth with the software not working as it should!
Around late 2010 we discovered a piece of software called RadioDJ free radio automation software.
I decided to switch to it after the clockwheel failure in SAM Broadcaster.
We instantly liked the program & found it easy to use. It held up for a lot longer than SAM Broadcaster ever could. The record was around 4 weeks & the computer only needed a reboot due to Windows updates.
We now swear by RadioDJ as a radio automation program. RadioDJ has NEVER let us down & it’s always been there and worked everytime I’ve gone to work with it.
1) Open Track import from the options menu;
2) Select track category as “Radio Shows” set a genre and subcategory;
3) Select track type as “Internet Stream”;
4) Paste the address of the server you want to relay such as this; (e.g 18.104.22.168:8000)
5) Give it a Name from the details tab & then click import;
6) Then set an event up to load it as a track at the time you want to start relaying the stream;
7) After you have finished relaying the stream just set another event up to start playing the next track;
It really is that simple! Importing Shoutcast/Icecast streams in RadioDJ shouldn’t be difficult.
It’s always nice seeing other people switching from SAM Broadcaster to RadioDJ free radio automation software.
“I switched from SAM Broadcaster and have not looked back. I was hesitant at first but RadioDJ has made my life and station so much better/streamlined. Thanks again!”
If you haven’t discovered RadioDJ yet what are you waiting for?
RadioDJ works much better than SAM Broadcaster and doesn’t seem to crash or go wrong that often.
We know of several users of RadioDJ who haven’t had to restart their computer or laptop for around 7 months, It’s an extremely stable & reliable automation program.
The best bit about RadioDJ is the fact it’s 100% FREE (No catches, No hidden costs, No messy reg keys)
Other users have had this to say about the software about the software.
“We recently made the switch from SAM Broadcaster to RadioDJ with no regrets at all, we’ve had no downtime or crashes since we switched”
“My RadioDJ system is sounding so good! What a fantastic piece of software and community support. Thanks everyone”
“Things I like about RadioDJ are stability, flexibility, community and NO BUFFERING! Listening trend is up 71% since migrating to RadioDJ! Stability breeds consistency”
“RadioDJ has got to be the best playout system I have found online, quite simply – IT WORKS! It sounds extremely professional once you set it up and get your music added”
“I love the way the program is laid out and how professional it looks. It took some time to install and get used to but that’s where the Community forums come to your rescue if you get stuck with Installing and using the program”
You can download the latest version of RadioDJ by clicking on the picture below.