Creating an online radio station is a way of talking to the world, seeing new horizons and expanding your connections through the messages you wish to get across.
No matter what your segment is, aintaining the quality of your broadcast for you listeners is crucial, especially since your audience expects exactly that. In order to acquire a loyal audience and even increase it, we have 10 tips for you to set up a successful broadcast. Enjoy!
1 – Broadcast structure
Surely, a professional studio isn’t needed for you to present on your station. However, having a specific area in your house or wherever you are to broadcast from is important.
Some items are indispensable: a quality internet connection, a computer, headphones and a microphone. Nowadays, its becoming easier and easier to set up and produce from home.
2 – Installing the needed programs
To ensure the quality of your broadcast, some programs that work as agents are extremely important. Normally, there are two different kinds of softwares. One to automate the audio, and the other tot transmit it over the internet. We recommend ZaraRadio for automation and OddCast V3 to broadcast. We have made tutorials to help you install and set up these two programs needed to your live broadcast. There’s no excuse!
3 – Create blocks with different styles
No one likes to listen to the same subject all long day, right? It’s a good idea to separate subjects into different blocks, such as news and information; entertainment; music; etc. This way, you can reach a large group of people and also give the idea of plurality to your radio station.
4 – Create a good programming
How about using campaigns, jingles and short programs available in our audio library? Besides the various subjects the can be played on specific dates around the year, the content provides an even richer programming for your listeners. You can bet on it!
5 – Know your listeners
You must know who you’re broadcasting to. What’s their musical taste? What age group do they represent? These are questions you must ask yourself that allow you to know your audience better, thus getting your message across to them more easily.
6 – Interact with your listeners
The key to a successful broadcast is the interaction that can be had through your website and your online radio station. Reply the messages sent through the chat, reply to song requests, talk to the audience. On Facebook, interact with the comments, answer questions and keep the listener close to you. It’s always good idea to stay up-to-date with news and trends.
7 – Be patient at the beginning of the project
You must be calm at the start! In the beginning it’s normal to become discouraged by the lack of audience, but since all success comes from much effort, you can’t give up, right? Keep your focus and continue working, creativity and innovation always help!
8 – Conduct interviews
Radio listeners like to feel represented, they like to hear what other people have to say and want to identify with stories. So, plan interviews that may interest your listeners.
9 – Consider creating podcasts about a relevant topics
Producing a podcast is an alternative to create more variety. It could be a round-table discussion, with guests debating something that might interest the listeners, a news series, or specific topic which you wish address in depth. The file can be part of your programming and attract more audience.
10 – Broadcast live from your studio with a webcam.
With the “Studio cam” tool your audience can see what goes on at the station. It’s another way of interacting with your listeners. It also gives a better control of how many people are following your broadcast.
Did you like it? If you have any tips that aren’t on our list, send them to us! 😉
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