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How to Start a Successful Radio Station

Got an idea for a station, but not sure where to begin? From concept to equipment, get the lowdown on how to start a successful radio station.

Jamie Ashbrook

by Jamie Ashbrook in Tips

Last updated 24.03.2021

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Looking to start a successful radio station? Easier said than done. But with the right tools and know-how, broadcasting online isn't as challenging as you might think. As a quick reference, use the following to get up and running in no time.

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The best place to start is your radio station, because what good are killer shows if you've not got a platform to broadcast on. So take a quick tour of to see how everything works, from uploading to scheduling.

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Equipment to Start an Online Radio Station

Depending on where you're broadcasting from and the type of setup you need, equipment varies wildly. But to get a handle on the different levels of audio gear, best to compare to see what works for you.

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As a general rule of thumb, choose the essentials first then grow from there. But most broadcasting setups have:

  • Microphones: Capturing audio from the presenters.
  • Processors: Improving audio on the fly with amplification, equalisation, etc.
  • Mixers: Channel management for mics, processors, and other devices.

Plus, a few added bells and whistles like multiple monitors, speakers, headphones, and cable management to keep on top of the aesthetics.

Best Radio Broadcasting Software

With so much choice, a common question that comes up a lot is:

"What’s the best broadcasting software for my radio station?"

And honestly, it depends. If you've got playout software to manage your shows, then a simple solution like the Broadcaster just works. For more complex systems with DJ decks, Mixxx is better.

Whether you're a first-time broadcaster or a long-time professional, find the right one that suits you.

How to Choose Talk Radio Topics

Running your own radio station has its perks. Top of the list is creative freedom. As opposed to commercial stations, with rules and regulations hindering what you can say and play, online radio lets you loose.

Choose topics you're passionate about

But general chit chat usually doesn't make for entertaining shows, not without structure. Even the simple act of choosing topics sets up goals and a common focal point to cover. From there, the next should come naturally.

How to Write Radio Scripts

Is your show feeling a bit too loosey-goosey? Add structure using a radio script. Not only does it help keep you on track, but knowing what's to come beforehand can give you a sense of confidence.

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In theory, radio scripts keep you on track. But sticking too closely can make you seem robotic. Get a breakdown of how to write your own script using our simple template. Handy for both you or presenters on your station.

20 Ways to be a Great Radio Presenter

Who wants to listen to a boring person? The last thing anyone wants to hear on the radio is a dull personality. Instead, you should paint pictures with words to captivate your audience. Discover here, in no particular order, our top 20 ways to become a great radio presenter.

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Become a great radio presenter. Bring your shows to life with 20 essential tips to inspire your listeners for awe-inspiring shows.


Let's be honest, starting a successful radio station takes time and commitment. But when you've got the know-how and resources, it's far easier. And although you're at the end (of this article), there are plenty of tools to sink your teeth into, editing tutorials to polish your shows, and marketing guides to grow your audience over on the University.

But sometimes it's better to talk. Get answers to specific questions you couldn't find answers to by dropping us a message.

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