Five things to consider before starting a radio station

Running a radio station is fun and we know this because we are doing it! But we also know there are a few challenges along the way. We have compiled a few tips and tricks to help you start your journey off without a hitch.

  1. Get your crew together - The more help you have the easier it will be. You’ll need DJ’s, lots of DJ’s and plenty of people to help promote your station and run your website and social media. And don’t forget, you’ll need a show schedule which takes up a lot of time, so put the feelers out and get some help.

  2. You’re going to need licences - If you want a legit radio station, you’re going to need a music licence. Actually, two. PPL and PRS are both required if you are broadcasting on the internet. But hey, you’ve got a team together, so why not all chip in to pay or maybe get some crowdfunding going.

  3. Get some decent broadband - You’ll be playing music over the internet, so check your upload speed. Remember, if you connect an ethernet cable into the router your connection will be more solid than WiFi. Fibre broadband is king, but many DJ’s broadcast out on standard broadband without any issues.

  4. Invest in a good mic - Okay, you can use any old mic, but do you want to sound like you are broadcasting from a massive empty toilet? We’re guessing not, so if you’re going to splash out on one bit of kit, get a quality mic. Yeti Mics are very good!

  5. Don’t be scared to experiment - You might have a grand plan for your music schedule, but you may need to juggle your shows to reach a wider audience. Let DJ’s and presenters know your expectations and they are more likely to be flexible on timings whilst you are setting things up.

Now it is up to you. Get all your ideas written down and discuss them with your friends and family. When you first start your station, some shows might not work or will need moving to another time slot. Don't be afraid to move the schedule around, especially in the early days.

Always look for help, spread the load and lastly, enjoy the journey, it really is amazing fun.

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