Best Radio Broadcasting Software You Should Know

You’re probably asking yourself “What’s the best radio broadcasting software for my station?“, which is a tricky question when you’re new to this sort of thing. Admittedly there’s no shortage of choice online, which isn’t necessarily bad as you can pick the right one for you.


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Whether you’re a first-time internet radio broadcaster looking for something simple or an experienced professional scouting for a better alternative, the following covers all bases ranging from easy “click and broadcast” to complex “ow my god why are there so many buttons” solutions.

Whatever the case may be it’s recommended to go over all the options first before deciding on the right one you want.

Schedule Live Events

Before you can do anything you need to schedule a live event for when you want to broadcast.

Radio.co Schedule

How to Schedule an Event

To schedule a live event, go to the Schedule in your Radio.co dashboard.

  1. Click on the date and time in the calendar at the point you want to schedule an event.
  2. Adjust the start and end times.
  3. Select a playlist (The playlist is used for backup purposes, it will air in the event the DJ is unable to connect, or does not show up for their slot).
  4. Select a Live DJ.
  5. If you want the show to repeat then select the days you want it to repeat on, it will then add it to the selected days every week forever on your calendar.
  6. Check everything is correct and click Update.

Managing Multiple DJ’s

Giving access to multiple DJ’s poses a problem – On one hand they can broadcast through your station, but on the flip side handing over complete freedom can wreak havoc on any structured shows you have in place if they spill over their time slot.

User roles in Radio.co restrict access to who can schedule live events – The following can schedule and automate events:

  • Owner
  • Station Manager
  • Music Controller

The DJ role however is restricted – Broadcasters assigned to DJ can only access pre-existing events, this way you have control over your shows.

For an in-depth look at setting scheduled events then check out the Schedule a Live Broadcast help guide.

I’m New to Live Broadcasting (Simple)

If you’re just starting your internet radio station, are in a trial period, or just want to get up and running in a couple of minutes then these are the best radio broadcasting software solutions for you.

BUTT

BUTT stands for Broadcast Using This Tool, which pretty much sums up its simplicity.

BUTT Broadcaster

Free and easy to use, BUTT offers a simple way to broadcast live with just a few clicks. It may not look like much, but it offers anyone on PC, Mac, or Linux the option to download and start using it without spending a penny.

BUTT broadcasts any input source on your computer, which is great for external microphones, mixers, or even pre-built mics, however, it only handles live feeds like talking into a microphone or your computer’s sound-card, meaning it can’t hijack the audio stream of a media player and broadcast it like Winamp or Nicecast.

Download: BUTT
Install: BUTT

Nicecast

Nicecast is the simplest way to broadcast live audio or music from your Mac.

Nicecast Broadcaster

Enter your server details, choose an input source like your microphone or iTunes, and hit Start Broadcasting. Nicecast can hijack audio, you can use it with most media players and programs like Skype so you can broadcast music or live talks with guests.

If you don’t have an external mixer to manage voiceover tracks then don’t worry, Nicecast has an effects option so you can professionally segue from music to live spoken audio.

Initially free for 60 minutes, Nicecast is a paid software broadcaster so you need a license to use it.

Download: Nicecast
Install: Nicecast

Winamp

Probably the most well-known media player, Winamp was and still is to this day a free and simple broadcaster for Windows users.

Winamp Broadcaster

Coupled with the SHOUTcast DSP plugin, it allows you to manage your tracks into playlists, control stream output with fades, and add effects whilst broadcasting directly to your radio station.

Broadcast either music or live talk with an external source like a microphone or mixer.

Download: Winamp & SHOUTcast DSP
Install: Winamp & SHOUTcast DSP

Altacast (Edcast)

You may never have heard of Altacast, that’s because it was branded under the name Edcast, but nevertheless, it’s a fantastic piece of free Windows broadcasting software you should check out.

Altacast Broadcaster

Although initially a bit fiddly at first to get setup as you have to add your own encoders, it offers minimal design in its user interface so you only need to enter your server details, choose a recording source like a microphone, mixer, or line in, then click Connect.

Download: Altacast (Edcast)
Install: Altacast (Edcast)

I Know What I’m Doing (Professional)

If you’re a well experienced professional radio broadcaster looking for a better alternative, want to know what’s on offer, or you’re just looking for more advanced and powerful features then these solutions are what you’re after.

Virtual DJ Pro

Virtual DJ Pro is an audio mixing software solution that DJ’s use in place of old school vinyl or CD based mixing decks.

Virtual DJ Broadcaster

Supported by both Windows and Mac, Virtual DJ Pro excels in beat mixing and media management cueing, it also allows just about anyone to start mixing in audio without the need to buy a bunch of expensive equipment, essentially it has everything you need to sound professional.

Download: Virtual DJ Pro
Install: Virtual DJ Pro

NextKast Pro

Designed for professional broadcasters, NextKast is a quality piece of broadcasting software that focuses on advanced features.

NextKast Broadcaster

Crammed with plenty of bells and whistles, NextKast allows you to broadcast live audio online to SHOUTcast v1, v2, Icecast v1, v2, or Radio.co – Alternatively automate shows with rotations and playlists throughout the week and use progressive features like adjusting track crossfade times, automatically trim dead air, and managing all your media within the program.

NextKast is Windows only and requires purchasing, but offers a trial version so you can try before you buy to see if it’s worth investing your time and effort.

Download: NextKast Pro
Install: NextKast Pro

SAM Broadcaster Pro

SAM Broadcaster Pro is one of the most advanced pieces of broadcasting software with media management, mixers, relays, and statistics.

SAM Broadcaster

Power and control are at the forefront of SAM Broadcaster Pro with multiple mixing desks for audio synchronization and mixing controls like the FX voice feature to manage how you sound when broadcasting your voice online.

Standout features include playlist creation and high set rotations, scheduled shows, real-time listener info, and the ability to mix two shows for voice overs and fade in and out segues.

Although this broadcasting software is Windows only and carries a commercial license, meaning you have to pay to unlock the full version, it offers a free trial so you can see if it’s right for you.

Download: SAM Broadcaster Pro
Install: SAM Broadcaster Pro


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The Best Radio Broadcasting Software

Deciding the best radio broadcasting software solution can make or break a station as it’s a tool that you will constantly rely on.

Ensure you have weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of each program and how you can make the most out of the functionality on offer before committing – Research each tool, see what others are saying, and even try them out first if you can.

Whether it’s a free broadcaster or a paid premium one, make sure it does everything you need it to. Alternatively, if you’re not quite at the stage of getting a broadcaster and looking for a hosting platform then either get in touch with our in-house experts for a quick chat or try Radio.co yourself for free!

 

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Got a suggestion or are there any other broadcasting software programs we missed? Leave a comment below.

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13 Comments Best Radio Broadcasting Software You Should Know

  1. Sean Escobar

    Do you have a program where I can check my broadcasting is up and live in other radio stations on one platform?

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    1. Jamie Ashbrook

      The Radio.co dashboard tells you if it’s up and broadcasting – If you’re relaying your stream to another station on Radio.co, then we recommend getting invited as a DJ so you can switch between your station and theirs to check the stream status.

      Reply
  2. Chris

    If radio.co users find Radio Dj is to much of a headache to install, I highly recommend PlayIt Live. Free of charge with the option to stream from the program via free plugin. If the user has not got a external mixer a microphone plugin can be added.

    Pherhaps you could review and update your blog?

    Reply
  3. Ralph

    I’ve been with SAM Broadcaster for about a year, Live 365 prior. I recently purchased SAM PRO which I really enjoy. I’ve had many issues with the software, both Live DJ and SAM PRO. Curious if anyone else has had any issues with SAM regarding basic broadcasting consistency. My issues are to many to detail. The support staff is very fast to respond, yet not always with a solution. I suppose I have two questions: Has anyone else had any issues with SAM and is their a rock solid professional broadcasting platform like SAM that can be counted on for reliability? Thanks

    Reply
    1. Jamie Ashbrook

      Hi Ralph. SAM Broadcaster is rather good for streaming live to your station, however if you feel it isn’t up to the task then you can try any of the following we recommend: http://help.radio.co/knowledge_base/categories/broadcasting-live

      If the SAM platform isn’t working for you then try Radio.co. It’s a dedicated radio platform designed and developed in-house by radio experts that provides reliable and up-to-date services. Start your 7 day trial today by heading on over to: https://radio.co/pricing

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  4. JJ McCartney

    As a long-time professional broadcaster, I have always had access to top-of-the-line broadcast software and hardware.

    I have used RCS NexGen, and am a big believer in redundant systems.

    Do any of your products feature disaster recovery options and data and audio backups?

    Thanks!
    JJ

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