Whenever you start a new venture one thing which really motivates you is the support that your friends, colleagues and members of the community provide. Without this support, any venture probably would never get as far as it does and some might actually flounder due to lack of support. One question which I get asked a lot is how you can support the station so I thought I would write a quick blog post with some idea, one of which you might be able to engage with. It goes without saying, on behalf of everyone who contributes to the station, we really appreciate your support in any form – so, here’s a big THANK YOU!!!
Stealing the famous quote from Martin Luther-King I would like you all to know that I have this dream. It’s not a big dream or even one which encompasses world peace. It is in fact quite a small dream and one which, when compared to Martin Luther-King’s quote, I feel quite inadequate actually quoting him. When I started along my journey in Radio Land I knew that I wanted to present but I also had another aim in mind. With the station becoming more established this aim has rose to the surface and, during the last week, I have been working hard to start to make the dream become a reality – what is it that dream? I want you to become part of the team!
There is quite a gap between having the idea and concept for your show to actually broadcasting, and most of this time is taken up with planning and preparation with quite a lot of energy thrown in for good measure! In order to ensure that all your shows go as fluid as possible I recommend that you take the time to plan these in detail. In order to help you with this, here is an insight to my own planning process and the software I use.
So – the moment has eventually arrived and you are ready for your first broadcast. The show is planned, your content on the website is up to date and ready and you have decided on the time and date for your first show. This is the final post which will show you have to actually connect up to the station and what to do for those final preparations. Nearly there!
So you have your show created**, your software organised ** and you are almost ready to start broadcasting but wait, there is something else you can do before you actually click the LIVE button to support your own show and let people what is happening. Don’t worry, this isn’t a huge list of jobs to do and they are all simple, but does require an image of you, so get ready with that camera!
Whenever you start a new project there are always several things which can be barriers or, if we let them, excuses. Setting up an internet radio station IS expensive and can take loads of time and, I talk from experience here, energy. However, if you are looking to join the station and have your own show then I have hopefully removed as much of the cost of broadcasting for you as possible. So, no excuses, here is the software you can use to get online and sharing your show with the world!
There is a famous quote which states – “Fail to plan, plan to fail”. Before you even attach your microphone to the internet it is important that you sit down and do some planning about the show you are going to present. Record this in anyway you want, but ensure that you have some idea of your show before emailing the studio. You show will change and adapt as it progresses but this is a starting point.