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Your radio questions answered

What is Bandwidth?

  • Bandwidth refers to the amount of data available to you. All our plans come with Unlimited bandwidth, so it’s nothing to worry about with us. 🙂

What is Auto DJ Storage?

  • That’s space on our servers for your audio files, such as music, pre-recorded shows and jingles etc.
  • An MP3 at 128k averages out at one meg per minute. That means 2GB of storage is enough for around 40 hours of music.

What does Concurrent/Max Listeners mean?

  • This is the number of your players (actively playing your broadcast) that can be used at any one time. People start and stop listening all the time – so start small and grow.

Do I need expensive gear?

  • You need a computer, software to play music, and a broadband internet connection from your studio/computer. All the rest is optional. Our rule of thumb is to use what you have and do it anyway. Then as your station builds, look at what else you need to make life easier. But a home computer or laptop is fine to kick off with.
  • Don’t be put off by what you read on some forums about what computer, software, mixer or microphone to use. Just follow your passion and never stop starting.

Can I broadcast 24/7?

  • Yes. Use our Auto DJ to cover the night shift and times when a presenter is not available.

Do I have to be a Tech-Head?

  • While it helps that you are comfortable with using web pages, this is an anorak-free area. But there are certain things you need. A computer, a collection of music, playout software for live shows, a broadband internet connection; and a microphone if you want to talk on air. Contact us with any questions – we want to help you. Bottom line, once you are set up broadcasting, you are away and can concentrate on the content.

Do I need a license?

  • You do not need a license to broadcast over the internet, but you will need licenses to pay royalties for the music you broadcast. We don’t sell them, but search for ‘music licensing’ in your country.

How does it work?

  • We all know about sending data over the internet. Commonly it is emails and social media messages. But internet radio sends multiple streams of audio instead of words and pictures.
  • There are two ways you can broadcast, and you will likely use both. The first is that you log into the CentovaCast system and broadcast live using your music/broadcast software.
  • The second way is to load music, station IDs and pre-recorded programs into the Auto DJ system and schedule them to play when you are not live.
  • With pre-recorded shows you can program Auto DJ to start and stop these shows to your requirements. Or fill a folder with MP3s and have them play sequentially or randomly. You can schedule station ID jingles to play out when you want, such as once every three songs.

How can people hear my broadcasts?

  • Your listeners can hear your broadcast via websites that feature your station’s audio player as well as via services you can send your unique radio stream URL to; such as TuneIn etc. When you subscribe we’ll send you all the details you need to get your station on the major Internet Radio Libraries.

Can I play and say what I like on air?

  • You are 100% responsible for what you broadcast. You are in the media now and need to abide by the same rules and laws as any other broadcaster or media organization. Play nice and save yourself a bundle of legal trouble.