Arrr!! There Be Pirates!

Pirate radio stations are nothing new they’ve been on the go since the 1960s with Radio Caroline …

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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.

“Why be a Pirate station on an FM signal with very little reach?
When you could potentially reach far more people by streaming on the Internet”

 
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

Sam Broadcaster 2015 Crashes!

This morning I thought I’d install & see if anything has actually changed with the latest version of SAM Broadcaster 2015

Sadly it hasn’t.

I started SAM Broadcaster 2015.4 up, configured it, connected it to Shoutcast, pressed play and off it went.

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I got called away to help a neighbour with something & I was only gone 5 minutes IF that.

When I came back the stream was silent… Then I looked on the computer running SAM & an error message on Windows 7 said SAM Broadcaster had “Stopped working” you know, that really annoying error!

Nothing in the SAM Broadcaster error logs, Only this in Windows event viewer.

SAMBC.exe
2015.4.0.0
2a425e19
6.1.7601.17725
4ec49b60
c0000005
0001f79d
ef8
01d1161c5ed9d686
C:\Program Files\SpacialAudio\SAMBC\SAMBC.exe
0d85175a-8215-11e5-ac85-0800278378eb

“The SAM Broadcasting 2015.4 system has been downloaded & has crashed each time we have attempted 2 run a BETA test. Developing… #TeamDINO

(@DINONETRADIO) November 13, 2015

@spacial I downloaded the 2015-4 version of SAM Broadcaster and it crashed several times. Anyone else having issues?

(@TheCRV) November 12, 2015

 
So nothing has actually changed with SAM Broadcaster 2015 then? It’s still prone to crashing without warning and for no apparent reason.

I’m surprised the Spacial social media feeds aren’t lit up with complaints about this

“That’s saying they haven’t deleted the bad comments from the social media pages again”

 
Why do people still pay Spacial Audio $$$ for software that clearly doesn’t work for what it was designed for.

I could understand people paying $$$ if Spacial Audio software worked as advertised but sadly yet again we come to the conclusion that FREE software outweighs SAM Broadcaster for stability & reliability.

I’ve yet to experience the same random crashing issues with RadioDJ free radio automation software.

I’ve used RadioDJ for around 5 years now I couldn’t ask for anymore from the program it does what it’s supposed to “Automate”

RadioDJ is far better programmed and will work for days/weeks/months without anyone keeping an eye on things.

“Gonna put that new PC to the test this year. Going to run and tweet 4 stations using RadioDJ on the same PC”

 
That’s another reason why RadioDJ is far superior to SAM Broadcaster… the fact you can run as many radio stations you want with the software.

I’ve not seen that use running 4 stations tweeting that any of his stations are ever offline.

If you want great reliability, stability & just a great piece of software then you need RadioDJ

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RadioDJ v1.8.2

(Click on the logo to download the latest version of RadioDJ or Right click & “Save link as”)

I’m just hazarding a guess as to why Spacial Audio’s social media feed isn’t lit up with complaints.

I’m guessing a LOT of people are switching software to RadioDJ

Oh and despite what Spacial may have you believe in their blog posts.

FREE radio automation software isn’t your enemy! It’s your friend!

If you haven’t discovered RadioDJ yet what are you waiting for? Download & Install take it for a test drive today.

You might just be pleasantly surprised by how good RadioDJ is and you’ll wonder why you ever paid out $$$ for software such as SAM Broadcaster in the first place.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 18:49 PM Europe/London

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!

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 18:26 PM Europe/London

They Said No One Would Read This…

It’s just a little over 4 years since I first started this blog.

I initially set this website up to let off steam about SAM Broadcaster which I’ve had no end of problems with over the years.

In that time I’ve also documented just how badly Spacial Audio treat their customers.

Nothing ever changes when it comes to Spacial Audio they don’t care about their software!

I’ve had people say to me on forums.

“I bet no one reads your blog anyway”

 
How wrong can people be? According to my stats 157,976 people have visited this blog in the past 12 months.

So I must be making some sort of difference somewhere in the world of Internet radio.

To say I’m chuffed by the number of people visiting this blog would be an understatement.

The hard work will continue & You can bet your bottom dollar on that one!

The original message still hasn’t changed.

“Don’t pay Spacial Audio for SAM Broadcaster You won’t get the help you need when something goes wrong (Which it will) with the software”

 
You don’t need SAM Broadcaster to stream these days when RadioDJ is FREE!! (NOT Misleading!)

RadioDJ is far more stable & doesn’t crash like SAM Broadcaster is known to.

Once setup RadioDJ will run for weeks/months without anyone needing to keep an eye on the program.

Give RadioDJ a try you may just find it outperforms SAM Broadcaster in every way possible.

Last updated on: August 30th, 2016
at 12:45 PM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster Free Full Version?

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…

“SAM Broadcaster Free Full Version”

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Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 17:19 PM Europe/London

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

mbrecaster

2) BUTT (Free) BUTT

BUTT

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

4) Sound Empire Caster ($0.00) (Shoutcast v1 v2 & Icecast)

This is a standalone streamer that recently came to my attention. You can try it for yourself by downloading & unzipping SE Caster folder onto your C:\ drive

Please note: Some Antivirus programs seem to think there are viruses in the SE Caster program files but we can assure you we’ve scanned and scanned again using several online scanners. Kaspersky says the files are safe to use and that’s the one we trust.

 

Happy streaming! There are other streaming programs available but they aren’t listed here for reasons beyond our control.

N.B: Anyone wanting Edcast/Altacast standalone will have look elsewhere on the Internet we don’t supply those pieces of software from this website anymore.

Please note: While we do our best to test software we cannot guarantee any of the above software will work on your computer, Use at own risk. We are not liable for content on someone else’s website.

Last updated on: April 12th, 2017
at 12:58 PM Europe/London

Sam Broadcaster Not Built For Relaying A Stream?

SAM Broadcaster Not Built for Relaying a Stream?

So even though the program is called “Streaming Audio Manager” It’s not actually built for relaying a stream through?

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I saw this nugget on a the SAM forums this morning.

“SAM Broadcaster is definitely not made for rebroadcasting a stream.”

 
Not much of streaming audio manager if it can’t relay an online stream.

I tried relaying a stream through SAM Broadcaster way back in v2.7.9 and had issues with it buffering and breaking up.

Tried testing it again recently on a newer version of SAM Broadcaster and it still made no difference. The stream just wouldn’t play in SAM yet it was working in Winamp.

This is something we have yet to encounter when relaying a stream through RadioDJ

RadioDJ free radio automation software

RadioDJ handles streaming rather well & If the stream should drop RadioDJ should automatically move onto the next item in the queue.

Sometimes SAM Broadcaster will just sit there buffering and seems to take forever to move onto the next queue item if the stream drops.

That’s even with the silence remover/detector active.

I have to agree with the reply to the post on the Spacial forums.

“SAM Broadcaster isn’t built for much really given the amount of bugs in the program”?

 
SAM Broadcaster still has most of the bugs it had over 13 years ago.

Make the switch to RadioDJ you should have no issues relaying a stream.

N.B: Always remember though you are at the mercy of external factors. Such as Traffic congestion/DNS issues & poor upload/download speeds. If you have a really poor broadband connection then you won’t be able to relay a stream successfully anyway.

Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:38 PM Europe/London

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.

Last updated on: January 22nd, 2017
at 14:49 PM Europe/London

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