I'm thinking about broadcasting.
I thinking about music licensing royalty rates for internet radio stations, and internet radio station funding.
I'm coming to believe that I will never actually be able to participate in a real radio station, because the FCC sucks and won't let us have any more, even though we only get like two stations up here.
I'm planning out a streaming video station for original and public domain content, eventually, but a real internet radio station appeals.
Like, I could make a more interesting radio station than radio paradise or whatever. I could record 30 or 40 bumpers and build a few dozen hours of playlists comprising a mix of 60s garage and psych, jazz, blues, and all the weird indie shit I've been rocking for the last decade.
I'm positive folks would enjoy listening to it.
I don't have time to do it Right, but I could cheat a little with computers.
It can't be That expensive.
Several folks suggested live365 which looks like a good option.
Their pricing model is fair, they have a method to opt out of advertisements, and if you choose not to do that it's only 4 minutes of ads per hour.
The base package is limited to 1500 total listener hours per month, but if we're exceeding that I should be able to sell enough ads directly to bump us up to the next level.
I can guarantee an audience from the coffee shop, as this would supplement/replace the stations we use now.
I might be able to convince a few other businesses in town to make us their shop radio as well.
5 shops at 10 hours/day puts us at the limit of the first package, but it also puts our music and advertisements in the ears of ~500 - 1000 people (in a very concentrated geographic area) every day, which means we could probably sell an ad or two to bounce up to the next level.
(I mean, I gotta figure that out either way. Even with their ads, it's not a Free service.)
Cool. So tomorrow I'll put together a few dozen hours' worth of content, record ten bumpers, and buy a month's subscription.
I'll load up the content, schedule a few programs, and find out what the experience is like as a listener.
If I don't hate it, I'll put a little more effort in to the curation, record some better bumpers, and register a domain name.
Cool. The station is up.
As of right now, there are 27 artists, more than 300 tracks, and roughly 20 hours of music.
I have not recorded any bumpers or station IDs yet
(please feel free to submit your own. Use the format "Hi I'm [name] from [thing or place] and this is mountain town radio")
I'm heading to lunch while another big batch of tracks uploads. My goal is to add a little more variety to things before I start promoting it.
@thegibson looks like they start at $70, so that's one reason.
But I think it's the only tld that makes sense for what I'm doing so I guess I'll go for it anyway.
@ajroach42 might just want to check how their support is. Have had some issues owning a .it domain while not knowing Italian or living in a European timezone
@ajroach42 Meh, not the worst? Afaict the US has colonized FSM hard since WWII for military access to east Asia. They're technically independent since the 80s but to me it looks vaguely like struggling to escape puppet status. That wouldn't be relevant except that their in-country telecom conveniently outsources its .fm registry to a private San Francisco company with strong notes of slimy tech entrepreneur. Still, there's worse.
@ajroach42 is listening from foreign countries allowed? (sometimes that depends on your licensing agreement and/or price point for the streaming service)
@vfrmedia Officially: US, Canada, and UK are allowed.
It looks like they might have *light* technical measures in place to prevent other places from listening, but I dunno what that'll look like in practice.
@TaxDan dan, what I need is for you to get on the horn with every local musician you still talk to, to get their work featured on our station. I will need them to provide written permission, I believe an email should be sufficient.
Brabant and Jon Williams were here yesterday, and I'm confident that I will be able to secure everything they've ever done, I have Brett Schieber's stuff, golden shrines, Eli Pop, modern nomad, and I can talk to Amy for the boy girlfriends, and Janna for oat milk.
@TaxDan I'm positive that I'm forgetting people. Krista! But I'm so far removed from that scene I can't even really suss out who else.
@ajroach42 There's an indie punk label in GA called 59x that has some great bands on it that I like. Maybe I can send them your way?
Like mike isn't really a thing anymore (no bad blood, we just didn't want to keep it going) but I don't think anyone would mind our music playing.
@TaxDan most of the bands I'll play don't exist anymore. Thats fine. The music is what matters, it'll outlive you.
@ajroach42 I'll send you an email from me RE: Like Mike. I think it'd be less awkward to get you the 59x email and have you email them.
@ajroach42 Peter@59xrecords.com is the email for them. Here's some links to music from their bands that are good.
I can't find a specific link for Heathersett stuff but the two singles they have out are here:
@DHeadshot I am still broadcasting, and just tried the m3u from my mobile device.
It might be region locked somehow.
Do you get an error if you try at https://live365.com/station/Mountain-Town-Radio-a74617
@DHeadshot yeah there's definitely synchronization issues if you've got two clients going, two different browsers or a browser and a media player inevitably end up buffering different amounts sometimes it's a really dramatic difference.
@ajroach42 last time I did the numbers I was looking at licencing via APRA for an Australian-based setup, and self-hosting came out ahead by heaps because they have a "mini" class licence that covers small non-commercial operations for only a couple of hundred bucks a year, hosting costs for audio streaming can be pretty negligible on small scale too.
I never got as far as checking into how broadly applicable that gets when internet radio is hardly geolocked.
@ajroach42 damn that's unfortunate. The Australian one has heaps of scope for a small startup like this, the terms are pretty generous.
Have to be an Australian business entity to register of course, but I'm not seeing any restrictions beyond that for having overseas presenters etc as long as it's all logged.
Might start hammering something together when I get back from my trip mid-August, heh.
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