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Internet Radio
How to get started

Traditional radio requires a large and very expensive transmitter to broadcast to your audience. Obtaining FCC approval can take months, and transmitter maintenance is an ongoing battle.

In contrast, Internet radio allows you to connect to a worldwide audience after only minutes of setup, at an extremely affordable price. With smartphones and built-in Internet access in newer vehicles, Internet radio is becoming increasingly popular.
How does internet radio work?
Internet Radio can be intimidating, but it is actually very straightforward.

STEP 1 - Get an Automation software.
Listeners demand a live show feel, but running a studio with DJs 24/7 is extremely expensive. Automation software allows you to create custom shows and play them unattended. This way, you can sound live even when no one is in the studio, and it will be substantially cheaper than having a DJ in the studio all day.

Arrakis Systems offers two automation systems, and New Wave has a special offer for Internet stations.

Our APEX automation software starts at $100/mo, is our flagship system, and it is excellent for larger stations that require more power.

However, if you are a single-station setup, the New Wave automation is the way to go. We have partnered with Cirrus Streaming to provide you with the ultimate package deal. Visit their website to learn more: Cirrus Streaming.

Once you have signed up with Cirrus Streaming, we will provide you with a FREE New Wave license!

STEP 2 - Get the right hardware.
Hardware enables you to make your live shows sound professional. Connect your devices, such as microphones, phone systems, automation, MP3 players, etc. This allows you to have live guests or take call-ins. Hardware is critical in helping you differentiate yourself from the crowd.

Selecting the right hardware for your Internet station is important. It may seem complex at first, but it comes down to answering the question: "What do you want to do?"

So, what do you want your station to do for you?

Do you want to take calls to play live or record for later playback?

Do you want to have live guests?

Do you want to use Bluetooth?

If you answered 'Yes' to any of these questions, then you will need a mixer, along with some microphones, headphones, and other equipment. Begin by checking out our mixers here.

STEP 3 - Sign up for an internet streaming service.
Your personal Internet bandwidth limits the number of listeners for your station. To overcome this, there are Internet streaming services with server farms that distribute your station to your listeners. These server farms for Internet streaming function like transmitters for traditional radio. Some services are extremely affordable. Our automation works specifically with Shoutcast and Icecast protocols.

Once set up, the streaming service allows you to embed players onto your website and use their mobile apps. This enables your listeners to follow your station from anywhere in the world.

We highly recommend Cirus Streaming for a streaming service. They have a wonderful product, at a very competitive price. We'll even throw in a FREE New~Wave when you sign up with them:

Here are some other common Internet Streaming Services that we work with:


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