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How to start a internet radio station legally?

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Hema Sheshadri

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Radio has been a part of our entertainment world since our childhood when the cuber world didn’t become prominent.

There are different types of radio stations like:

  • Low-power radio stations which are mainly for the non-profit organizations.
  • Full-Power radio stations which are for the commercial radio broadcasting organizations.
  • Internet Radio

Starting a radio station legally is not an easy task, it takes time, and a lot of paperwork is also required.

Let us see how we can start our very own radio station legally.

  • At first, you need to decide whether you want to start a low-power FM or a high-power FM.
  • After that, you need to apply for a Construction Permit/broadcasting permit (FCC Form No. 301) from the Federal Communications Commission along with a rulemaking fee and application filing fee.
  • Based on the number of FCC forms submitted, FCC announces auctions date for a specific broadcasting frequency range. Place your bid on your desired frequency range.
  • Once you’ve got your broadcasting frequency range legally, you now need to select the power of your broadcasting which depends on the distance you want to cover. More the spectrum of broadcasting, more the energy required.
  • After selecting the power range, you now need to buy the necessary equipment for broadcasting which includes radio transmitting gears, antennas, the tower where the antennas can be placed, FM Exciter, FM Stereo Generator, FM Transmitter Power Amplifier, etc.
  • Next step involves, designing your studio. You need to soundproof your studio, buy headphones, microphones,  mixers, audio processors, etc. to ensure perfect quality while broadcasting.
  • Now, when all the designing is done, and equipment are also ready, you need to hire a broadcasting team. You need to ensure that the team of broadcasters are efficient in their daily activities to meet up with the necessary production.
  • After you’ve hired your team of broadcasters, you now need to chalk out a broadcasting schedule which you and your team will follow to ensure hassle-free broadcasting.
  • Once the schedule is prepared, ask your broadcasting team to practice a few shows temporarily before finally doing it on air. The more your team practices, the smoother they become while using the microphones and other audio equipment, which will boost up their confidence and will eliminate chances of errors during live broadcasting.

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