How to Record Radio Shows with Audacity

How you can record radio shows with the free and easy to use Audacity for later use on your internet radio station or podcast.

James Mulvany
Record Radio Shows

Listeners don't always get the chance to tune into their favourite shows, but this guide will teach you an easy trick to record radio shows for later use so your listeners can catchup on anything they've missed.

Learn how to record and edit any of your radio shows using Audacity to make them available later on for your internet radio station, podcast platforms like Mixcloud and SoundCloud, or use in promotions and jingles.

Record Radio Shows

What You Need

There are two programs you need to get started...

  • Audacity: A free recording tool that works with Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.
  • Broadcasting Software: Live broadcasting software to connect to your internet radio station.

For this example we're using Nicecast (Mac) to connect to our radio station, but you can use other broadcasting software like Winamp (Windows), BUTT (Mac, Windows, & Linux), and many others.

How to Get Setup

Audacity

Once installed, Audacity should look something like this:

Audacity

Broadcasting Software

Open up your chosen broadcasting software and select the source as your microphone or system audio.

Nicecast Setup

Music & Talk

Need to record both your voice and music? Then select the system audio in your broadcasting software so all audio produced from your computer is captured.

If you're on a Mac then download Soudflower by following this guide.

Record Radio Shows

Once you're ready to record your show then click the red button in Audacity. Recording Audacity

When your shows at an end click the stop button, then save your recorded audio by selecting File -> Export Audio -> then add your file name and the File Type should be MP3.

Exporting Audio Audacity

Enter your shows information, known as "metadata", like artist, title, and year, then continue.

Metadata Audacity

In order to export as an MP3, Audacity needs a decoder known as "Lame" which you can download here - Finally confirm to export your show.

Create Lame Audio Audacity

Your exported recorded show will be ready to upload to your internet radio station.

Recorded Show

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