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What You Need to Start a Radio Station

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Internet Radio has been increasingly popular in recent years. One of the reasons is the growing use of mobile internet, which allows listening almost anywhere.

Website

While you can technically operate a radio station without a website, we recommend that you get one. Along with social media, having an attractive website is crucial to your radio station's success.

If you don't know where to start, don't worry, in this short guide we'll explain the process.

What is a Domain Name

Simply speaking, domain name is the name of your website. For example, "delicast.com" is our domain name. To get you own domain name, you need to register it NameCheap, GoDaddy or another registrar, and pay a fee once a year. (usually slightly above $10)

Web Hosting

A web host is a company that provides the technologies and services needed for the website to be accessible in the Internet. Websites are hosted on special computers called servers. Popular web hosting providers include HostGator, BlueHost and iPage.

Web Builders

The main advantage of a website builder is that they don't require any web development knowledge or experience. They are easy to learn and allow you to set up your website fast, without having to worry about any compatibility issues.

On the minus side, website builders offer a limited functionality. Basically you have a number of templates to choose from, and you cannot design you website 100% to your liking.

The most popular web builders are Wix, Squarespace and Weebly.

Computer

Your broadcast should sound professionally and if you have a choice, you should either get a good soundcard for your desktop computer or a laptop.

Microphone

If you want your radio to sound professional, it makes sense to invest in a good microphone. It doesn't have to be expensive, for example, a Blue Snowball Condenser Microphone costs just around $50, connects via USB and is plug-and-play.

Headphones, Mixer & Amplifier

While it's not necessary to get the right setup for your station from the beginning, it can pay to invest in your equipment. Especially when you know you will have multiple guests, getting a good set of headphones, a mixer and an amplifier.