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How to Open your Own Online Radio Station, a Business Opportunity

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Profitable radio step by step

Did you ever imagine opening your own radio station with your music and your favorite content? If not so, I invite you to do it because this idea as well as combining a spare time and our tastes and musical attractions, is also a business opportunity that you should consider if the media is what draws your attention.  In this section, we will see what we need to start and how can we begin to open our own online radio station, lets see:

Establish the station

In this first part we will organize everything we need with respect to the general planning of the operation of the business.

-‘Nickname’: it’s a name for you as a producer.

-Station name: choose a short name, highlighting one of the main qualities of the content that the station, easy to remember and write will have.

-Content: Choose the type of content that you want to communicate in your station. You can choose from sports, fashion, culture, religion, urban cultures, and so on, the key is to seek to differentiate themselves from commercial broadcasters. Remember that those who listen more to this type of stations online are people under 35 years of age, so evaluate what kind of content could be of interest.  

-Music: Select the genres of music that you are spending. We recommend driving one or two maximum genres.  

-Image: Designs or contact a designer to create the logo of the radio station, which will be on your radio website.

Looking for a digital tool to open the radio station

There are many free and paid tools that allow to operate an Internet radio station, thus only you must put this in the search box and you will see the tools that are available in your city or country.  

What is the process? Usually on these platforms you must only register on the page, build a glider of content according to what you talk about on your radio station and begin to coordinate programming which will go in it. Some of these tools allow you to upload images, add a blog, have a personal subdomain, among other features such as live transmissions or prerecorded programs.

What you’ll need

In addition to the organization of what will be in the station, it is necessary to now look at the tangible needs for your station, these are:

-A computer or cell phone from where you can manage the station

-Stable internet connection

– Streaming radio service (free or pay)

– Operation of the station platform (free or pay)

– Microphone for the speaker

-One or two speakers console (optional) DJ for the mixture of topics or professional effects to music

Advertising and profitability

To achieve profitability in this type of business, exclusively depend on the level of listeners, visits and movement of our radio station, this way will be a potential focus for businesses wishing to promote themselves to be announced by recommendations or want to appear on the web site, so it could soon appear sponsors of the radio station at the time of growth.

Promote your station

Internet offers a range of possibilities, in addition, to promote our radio station, these are:

-Social networks: placed links to the platform which runs your station on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram announcing the start of a program or special musical time.  -Websites: divided advertising and promotion with related online sites or that can be complemented through the promotion.  

-Forums and communities: If you are registered to a community with your same interests in radio, surely you can invite them to listen to your station.

Obstacles that may appear: Reaching a number of stable and loyal listeners can be a process that takes you a long time, since getting a solid community and growing is one of the roads requiring more work and perseverance, which  will then take us to the productivity that we seek.

Final recommendation: To attract more listeners and stakeholders, is a very important key that we are kept constant in the activity we do, so maintain a rhythm as a real radio station even if only ourselves alone handle it so that each time a listener enter is playing and listening to content and music of your interest. Also remember to search before choosing the platform on which will work your station, has a constant page, for service falls slowly and in general malfunction scare away listeners.  

Do not give up. The best radio stations didn’t come in two months of operation, it takes much more time to create your content and gain experience to know and identify the best ways to communicate what is wanted to your target audience, so you can stay with the senses awake so you can recognize the needs and also what your customers want of the radio without leaving aside your interests.