What is SHOUTcast?
SHOUTcast is a streaming audio solution that permits anyone to broadcast audio to listeners across the Internet. You become your own radio station, but instead of broadcasting through radio waves, you broadcast through the Internet. Your listeners will be able to tune in through any supported media player, such as Windows Media Player, Winamp, and iTunes, RealPlayer or an embedded Flash media player. Public SHOUTcast streams can be listened to through smart phone Apps for iPhone and Android.
Can listeners call in to a show?
SHOUTcast streams were created originally for automated music playlist for online music stations. However, if you have the right sound card like Realtek Stereo Mix on your PC or have an external sound card to use in conjunction with your computers internal sound card, you can conduct a live call in show for your listeners using free software. There are other ways of course like using Virtual Audio Cables or for MAC users, free software like Soundflower. Conducting call in programs vary according to your equipment and ability to learn. There are many cost effective solutions and one does not need to spend a lot of money on expensive soundboards or external audio mixing devices. The Black Talk Media Project will work with clients through how-to videos and tutorials provided in our New Media Training Group. In some cases, we may be able to provide real time assistance through Skype screen shares if you are having problems.
How much does it cost?
That depends on your individual needs. How many live listeners does your current program average? Are you just starting an online radio program? Our basic stream is just $15 per month and includes the capacity to allow 50 live listeners at any one time and unlimited broadcasting for any time you decide you want to do a program for as long as you want. You can do several programs a day if you choose! As your show grows in popularity, we can easily upgrade your service to meet your live listener needs.
We do not provide an automated service, every thing is set up and customized to meet the needs of the individual client and before purchasing a stream for your station, we will conduct a free consultation by phone or email.
In addition to providing you with a SHOUTcast stream, we can provide featured show status on our network which includes a broadcast page on our network, promotional Email, Facebook and Twitter blasts about your upcoming programs for an additional $10 per month. Our network is growing and currently has over 7,000 members and followers combined. We are currently averaging 12,953 Unique Visitors per month. We also have media partners who promote the Black Talk Radio Network during their terrestrial radio programs in Richmond, VA and Greenville, SC.
*We are working on obtaining licenses to cover music royalties on streams for hosts that want to play copyrighted music during their live broadcasts. This will not cover copyrighted music in your podcast. You will need a separate license for podcasts and will have to contact who ever your podcast host is.
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