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Everything You Need To Know About Online Radio

85Online radio is either live or pre-recorded MP3 file. The good side with online radio is that you are not limited to one geographic area or dependent on syndication partners to pick up your show for you to be heard.

For the radio to be effective, three elements are involved:

• The source which is you. You add sounds such as inputs from CDs, clips, or live voice.

• The server that mixes all the sounds and puts them together in a format that can be streamed at the click of a button.

• The listener. The listener connects to your server and is able to hear anything that you are streaming.

How to start and host an online radio station

For you to start the station you need the following:

• CD player

• Ripper software that copies audio tracks from a CD and onto the computer hard drive

• Assorted recording and editing software

• Audio mixer

• Microphones

• Digital audio card

• Outboard audio gear which includes compressor and equalizer

• Dedicated computer with encoder software

• Streaming media server

Once you have the right equipment and knowledge, you should now host your radio channels on a third party streaming host.

To be on the safe side you should start with free trials or packages then upgrade as your audience grows. The good side is that there are many third party streaming hosts that you can use.

Some of the most reputable ones are: live365, blog talk radio, shout cheap, radio streaming services and many others. You only need to research and find the third party host that meets your ideals.

How to get the audio over the internet

There are two ways in which you can deliver audio over the internet: downloads or streaming media. In downloads an audio file is stored on the user’s computer while in streaming media the information is not stored; it’s only played.

Getting audio over the internet is easy: the audio enters the broadcaster’s encoding computer through a sound card then the encoder system translates the audio from the sound card into streaming format.

The encoder then samples the incoming audio and compresses the information so that it can be sent over the internet.

The compressed audio is sent to the server which usually has a high bandwidth connection to the internet. The server sends the audio data stream to the plug-in on a listener’s computer or the player software.

The plug-in then translates the audio data stream from the server and translates it into the sound heard by the listener.

Turn Your Roku Into the Ultimate Streaming Radio!

84We all know the Roku is great from streaming our favorite TV shows and movies, but few people know that it also makes a great internet radio. With the addition of just a few channels from the Roku channel store, you can stream literally thousands of radio stations from around the world on your TV or your audio system.

I have my Roku plugged into my surround sound system and the audio quality is superb! Here are our favorite Roku channels that let you tune in the world.

Tune-In
This channel comes from RadioTime.com, a website that provides links to thousands of radio stations around the world streaming on the internet. Radio Time is especially good if you missed your favorite talk radio show on your local station and you long to listen to it. Just look it up on Radio Time and more than likely, it’s on another station playing somewhere else in a different time slot. If it’s streaming on the net, Radio Time has it!

Shoutcast
This popular streaming audio website now has a Roku channel! You’ll never know what you’ll find here. Unlike Tune-In which limits itself to real terrestrial radio stations, Shoutcast gives anyone with a computer and microphone the ability to broadcast anything they want over the internet. Thus, you’ll find some gems, along with some real stinkers on this channel. But, that’s what makes it so fun!

Radio Paradise
A fairly new channel on the Roku scene, Radio Paradise is a single station that prides itself on “music being picked by a real human being”. It’s a single station with an eclectic selection of music, plus as an added bonus, beautiful HD scenery photos are displayed on your TV while the music is playing. As I’m writing this article, RP is playing Sara Swenson’s “Passing Cars, Passing Time”. As the song is playing, HD photos of various classic cars are being displayed on my HDTV. Pretty cool! I’ve only been listening to the channel for a few days as of this writing. So far, I’m very impressed!

Baeble Music
Another fairly new channel is the Baeble Music Channel. Baeble features thousands of concerts, music videos and interviews of indie artists from around the world. Video quality is excellent! If you’re an indie music fan, this channel is for you.

Pandora
This channel based on the popular website doesn’t necessarily stream terrestrial radio stations from around the world. Instead you choose a music format, song title or artist that you want to hear. If that song is available on Pandora, you will hear not only the song, but Pandora’s recommendation on what it thinks you may like based on your previous choices. You can setup different channels with different music genres, artists, etc.

Most Roku users who purchased their device never intended it to be a radio. However, if you add these channels to your lineup, I believe you’ll never go back to listening to your old AM/FM radio that’s in your house. I haven’t! Now if I can just find a way to install the Roku in my car so I don’t have to listen to the same old local stations…hmm…

Free Online Streaming Internet Radio Stations

83Nowadays, listening to radio has become popular particularly after the launching of FM radio. It is very simple to access live internet radios on various websites which also offer calling and messaging services. Thus, listeners can simply use such sites to listen to different radio programs. The radio found on websites no longer need radio waves for transmission of sound.

Since the complete procedure is digital, sounds are transferred using digital packets. The procedure is straightforward and easy, so users can access all the live radio on their computer. The entire experience of live radio listening has become even more exciting due to the user-friendliness of the mechanism. It is likely to listen to the newest radio programs by just accessing the websites which offer such services. Searching the internet shall help obtain a list of radio stations which have begun streaming online.

Plenty of information about the different radio stations and websites can be found on the web. It is also compulsory to register themselves in such websites. The entire process is easy and it takes just a few minutes to register. Live radio stations constantly keep the people occupied and entertained with latest happenings around the world and also through various musical evenings. Since live radio stations have gone online, many people can get a chance to hear their favorite music any-time by just tuning into different channels. Such websites are completely free of cost and to access the radio one has to simply register with the site. People will enjoy listening to the radio and its different channels. Communication and entertainment needs can be fulfilled through these sites since a person can communicate with others while listening to their favorite radio channels.

Will iTunes Radio Be Able to Compete in the Music Streaming Industry?

81Throughout the 21st century, Apple Inc. has been a market leader in the technology world by continually releasing innovative products that are simple and easy for anyone to use. If you walk around the airport for two hours, I can guarantee that you see iPad users between the ages of 3 and 93. Apple has built its empire by developing bold new products that are two years ahead of the competition. But Apple has recently decided to become a late entrant in the music streaming industry, the fastest growing form of music listening. The company announced on Monday that iTunes Radio will be launched this Fall as radio streaming player for all Apple products.

Strong Field of Competition

Apple faces a lot of competition in the music streaming field. Pandora Radio is currently seen as the market leader for web radio streaming. Pandora has been perfecting its recommendation service, media player, and user experience for the last 13 years. The company was reported to have over 150 million users. Another key player is TuneIn Radio which offers users over 70,000 global radio stations from every continent. Many tech heavyweights are getting involved as well. Facebook partnered with Spotify which allows users to search directly for artists and songs through a catalog of approximately 20 million songs. Users can also share playlists, listen to radio stations, and set up feeds that tell Facebook friends what song you’re currently listening to. Twitter has also talked about starting a music service that suggests songs for user; Google just announced Google Play Music All Access ; and the list goes on.

Will iTunes Radio Be Successful

I think that iTunes Radio will be a success story for Apple. While I’m not used to Apple coming into the field as a second mover, I like what they’re doing here. The iTunes Store pioneered the sale of digital music when it opened on April 28, 2003. It is now recognized as the biggest music vendor in the world with a catalog that consists of over 26 million songs. Apple’s iTunes Store already has a larger database of songs than established names in the music streaming field such as Spotify. Since the new trend for music fans is to listen to music from large libraries rather than purchasing individual songs or albums, why wouldn’t Apple join the radio streaming field?

My Reasons for iTunes Radio’s Success

Sure Apple is copying the competition in a field that’s already filled with every tech giant imaginable. But unlike Google or Twitter, Apple has been delivering incredible products to music fans for years. The iPod revolutionized the way I listened to and stored music. I don’t know anyone who never owned an iPod at some point. Even people who decided to get the Microsoft Zune still bought an iPod. And iTunes has been the best media player and library software since its initial release in 2001. Apple iTunes Radio is going to be a mix of the best qualities of all the current music streaming stations. The more I play music in my iTunes library and use iTunes Radio, the more personalized the experience becomes. This is perfect because all of the music that I have collected this past decade is already stored in my iTunes library. With iTunes Radio, I can select any song in my music library and it instantly builds a station around it. Plus, Apple is creating adjustment features where you can control the balance between discovering new songs and playing the hits. I am a huge fan of the playlists built by iTunes Genius so I trust that Apple will develop or use similar software for iTunes Radio. Another advantage that iTunes Radio offers is the ability to purchase and download tracks that I’ve listen to directly from the iTunes store. Everything I listen to on iTunes Radio gets stored in my history so when I really like a song all I have to do is tap buy, and the track is instantly added to my iTunes. How awesome is that! I have listened to so many amazing songs on Pandora that I want to immediately download and add to my iPod, but never get the chance to.

In Closing

The only two Apple products that I own are an iPhone 4S and an iPod Classic, so I’m not one of these diehard Apple guys. I just think that they know what they’re doing when it comes to the digital music industry. I can’t see Apple overthrowing Pandora at the top of this field, but they will definitely thrive. Apple has a very strong customer base and does a great job of creating brand loyalty. I predict that many people will convert to iTunes Radio when it comes out in the Fall.

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The Four W’s of Aviation Radio Communications

81What’s the hardest part about pilot training? Almost everyone will say, “Talking on the radio.” However, even beginners can sound good on the radio if they apply some simple rules. I’ll first discuss those rules and then give some tips all pilots can use to improve their radio skills.

The Four W’s of Radio Communication

Usually the hardest radio call for a pilot to make is the first one — the “initial call up.” However, every initial call (and many subsequent calls) just need to remember the four W’s:

  • Who am I calling?
  • Who am I?
  • Where am I?
  • Where am I going, what am I doing, or what do I want to do?

Let’s take two examples of this, one for an uncontrolled field and one with a control tower.

As you get ready to enter the traffic pattern at an uncontrolled field, typically you will make an announcement such as:

“Milltown traffic (who am I calling?), Cessna 12345 (who am I?) entering 45 to downwind (where am I?), runway 22 for landing Milltown (what am I doing?).

With a control tower, you might instead say:

Ocala tower (who am I calling?), Cessna 12345 (who am I?) eight miles north at two thousand five hundred with Charlie (where am I? — and add the ATIS), landing Ocala (what do I want to do?).

Once you have established communication, you don’t need to use the four Ws for all of your communication. Instead, you will just read back critical instructions to the controller so they know you have received them. For example, if the controller asks you to enter a right downwind for runway 24, you would reply, “Cessna 12345 will enter right downwind for 24.”

Try some different scenarios with your friends or a flight instructor, and pretty soon you’ll know what to say at all times.

Tips

Even when you know what to say, talking on the radio still takes some practice. Here are some tips that will have you talking like a pro in no time.

Listen to ATC communications. If you don’t have a radio that receives aviation frequencies, see if you can borrow one from another pilot or your flight school for a week. Listen to what pilots say to ATC on their initial call up and how they respond to ATC directions. Try to listen to ground, tower, approach, and center frequencies if you can.

Write down what you are going to say before you make your initial radio call. You can even make up fill-in-the-blank scripts to do this. After a few weeks of this, most people can make calls on their own, but you may still want to write down complicated calls.

If you’re a student pilot, be sure to say so in your initial call up so ATC will be more careful in how they handle you.

Don’t be concerned if you forget something. Even experienced pilots sometimes forget to tell the controller their altitude or that they have the ATIS. Don’t worry — controllers will ask you for something if you’ve forgotten it.

Study Chapter 4 and the Pilot/Controller Glossary in the Aeronautical Information Manual for recommended phraseology.

If all else fails, use plain English! Not all situations lend themselves to recommended ATC phrases or you may just forget how to say something. I was once departing an unfamiliar airport and as I called ground I suddenly realized I had no idea where I was on the airport. The call went something like this, “Littletown ground, Cessna 12345, ummm… ” (at this point I was wildly looking around me) “I’m at the Chevron sign, ready to taxi with Delta, departing to the west.” Whew — saved by the Chevron gas sign! Ground found me and let me taxi.