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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.

Want your syndicated show listed here? Send us full details, link to demo, and your website.

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 to broadcast their show.

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.

AirPlay Direct: Free broadcast-quality music from established and emerging artists – rock, AC, country, jazz, folk and R&B.

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 a library of high-quality, legal audio downloads (lots of unsigned artists looking for exposure).

News and features

Radio4All: Formed 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.

Got a show or resource you want to add to this list? Send us the details.

Jingles and production elements etc…

Chart Countdown jingles – Free

LFM Audio – Custom radio jingles and commercials

WAV Source – Movie quotes

ZapSplat –  Free SFX and music

Wav List – Archive of movie related quotes and sounds

Movie Wavs – More movie quotes

Sound Board – Random audio from TV shows and movies

Big Sound Bank – Royalty free sound library

Free Sound – Creative Commons licensed audio

Sound Bible – Free sound effects and clips