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Music and news for broadcasters

Boy, us broadcasters need quality content don’t we! But where to find it? Try these. for starters and let us know of any we have missed.

Syndicated shows

Public Radio Exchange. This service might cost you a few bob, but if you are serious about news, features and speech content then it might be worth a whirl.

CBI – College Broadcasters Inc has a page full of shows, short and long, that may interest you. Click the CBI link and scroll down.

Syndicast. This organization offers lots of high-quality free radio programmes from the cream of the electronic music scene, that are ready to play on your radio station. Lovely job.

Cool Nights Jazz & Soul. One hour weekly; free pre-recorded show. See website for demo and sign-up form.

Podcasts: Like a podcast and want to broadcast it on your station. Plenty do, but you must ask permission first. So search your favourite podcast library and see what fits your station. There’s everything from news, technology shows and radio theatre. Then contact the podcaster asking for permission.

Music providers

Play MPE Play MPE is the trusted service used by all major labels and thousands of independents to showcase their latest music. Free for approved DJs and broadcasters.

I Pluggers A broad selection for free music, including new releases, to approved broadcasters and DJs.

Air Play Direct the premiere free digital file transfer system for the music industry.

Promo Only – The latest top 40 and dance music supplied to qualifying radio presenters and DJs (paid service).

IDJ Pool – Huge back catalogue covering all genres; country to club music. Supplied to qualifying radio presenters and DJs (paid service).

Free Music Archive The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads.

Sound FX and free music

ZapSplat – users can audition and download SFX and music for free, use them in their work safe in the knowledge that everything is 100% legal to use.

News and features

Radio4AllFormed in 1996 by grassroots broadcasters, this site offers free shows featuring news and specialist music programmes.

Democracy Now! – a daily one-hour independent news show out of the US. Its TV show is offered as an MP3 download. The show is really radio with pictures, so will work fine for radio broadcast.

Making Contact – Produces stories from around the world, with a focus on the US.

Feature Story News – a paid-for news service delivering bulletins every hour. Good terms for not-for-profit broadcasters.

Radio News Hub – Providing news, sport, showbiz and business bulletins to English speaking radio stations. Prices start from £14.99 a month.

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