Radio broadcasting is a way to reach a wider audience through audio content and wireless transmission. Radios were first used to maintain contact between stations and ships at sea. They were not designed to transmit speech, however, and only exchanged coded messages using the Morse code. Radio broadcasting saw a boom after the First World War with technological progress and the growth of receivers.
Types and Technology Used
Radio broadcasting has several forms, the main being FM and AM stations. There are different varieties, including online, non-commercial, commercial, and hospital radio broadcasting. Other types are student-run campus radio, community, and non-profit broadcasting. Religious organizations, organizations involved in propaganda, and national broadcasters use shortwave. There are also satellite and digital radio broadcasters, both of which being new developments.
Radio Formats and Frequency Bands
Formats vary by market size, regulations, country, and region. The main types are spoken and music formats. Examples of music formats are soul, soft rock, quiet storm, traditional pop music, easy listening, and others. There are also spoken word formats such as radio documentary, experimental, educational, progress talk and conservative talk, etc. Radio documentary, for example, is gaining popularity in developing countries, including Malaysia, South Korea, Iran, India, and others. Usually а documentary topic is covered in detail with a mix of pictures, sound, and commentary. Other types of radio formats include weather, public talk, soap operas, old talk, comedy, college, and all-news. There are several types of frequency bands as well, including short wave, medium wave, and long wave. The main downside of short wave is audio fidelity but there are different uses such as radio clock stations, amateur operators, and domestic and international broadcasting. Medium wave broadcasting is also used in Europe and the Americas for digital and stereo transmission. There are stations all over the world in countries such as South Korea, Japan, Paraguay, Mexico, and elsewhere. Long wave broadcasting is usually reserved for aeronautical navigation, military communication, time signals, and non-directional beacons. Time signals, for example, are used for radio clocks by stations in the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Japan, Germany, and the U.S. Long wave broadcasting is also used for carrier frequencies. Examples of current long wave operators include France Inter, NRK P1, MNB Radio 1, BBC Radio 4, Europe 1, Radio Monte Carlo, and many others.
Starting your own radio station may look like a challenge but there are some steps and ways to make the process more straightforward and stress-free.
Where to Start
The first step is to decide on the type of radio station you want to start. One option is to create an internet radio station by using a web-based streaming service. The radio output is broadcasted to an online audience in your stream. Obviously, you will need apps for a starter, including apps to share your stream, transform the audio feed, and play music files. The next step is to set up a server and decide on the upstream speed. If you plan on having a wider audience, you need faster upstream speeds. The third step is to configure the source application using a program such as the Edcast Winamp plugin. There are also online providers that can help get you started. Customers are offered access to customizable players, servers, streaming, hosting, and a lot more. What you need to do is just program the content and music you plan on broadcasting.
How to Finance Your Own Radio Station
There are different ways to go about this, and different financing options, based on your score and financial background. Obviously, the easiest, low-cost way to finance it is to use money in your savings or checking account if you have enough cash on your hands. If this is not the case as it is with many start-ups, you may want to think of other options, for example, a loan from a family member or close friend, a low-interest line of credit by your local credit union or bank, or a credit card with a large limit to cover at least a portion of the expenses. For details: https://www.lifeoncredit.ca/top-6-credit-cards-for-bad-credit-in-canada/ Secured and unsecured loans are also offered by small and major banks to help small business owners finance the purchase of equipment, software and hardware, stationary, licenses and fees, and anything else you need to get covered. If you have a valuable asset to use as collateral, then your finance provider is likely to offer a secured loan with attractive interest charges and flexible payment options. This is also a way to get a larger loan. For details: https://www.creditandloans.ca/getting-a-loan-with-bad-credit/ Another option is to apply for an unsecured loan provided that you have a stellar or at least good credit score. Expect to get a smaller loan with a higher interest rate because this option is riskier for finance providers. When you get approved for financing, you can use the money to purchase equipment for your radio station. Shop around for digital and audio consoles, phone systems and hybrids, audio processors, FM transmitters, headphone amps, air lights, and anything else you need for your radio station. There are different manufacturers out there that offer professional equipment for stations, including equipment racks, cables, interface panel remote controls, connectors, transmission lines, etc. Look for antennas, receivers, and transmitters as well.
You will also need studio and production equipment such as computer automation software, speaker mounts and monitor speakers, amplifiers and mixers, CD players, and silent microphone boom arms. Many radio stations also use power protection units and power protection equipment. There are special software programs for radio stations as well, including audio compression, editing and audio mixing equipment, as well as commercial break management and telephone line recording software. When you are done and have the necessary studio and protection equipment, it is time to think of the licenses and fees required to start a business.