Be Your Own DJ!
So you want to be a DJ or Radio Presenter. There are several ways to get into broadcasting, and we will briefly cover some aspects to help you on the way to a broadcasting career!
Be an Online DJ & Run A Station!
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In this section we will be adding information for acts, bands and entertainers who want airplay for their music and budding radio presenters, tips, advice etc., plus we are building a list of radio links that are 'new artist' friendly.
Any station that provides a spot or show for local bands of any style will be featured as will those who provide a regular free gig guide.
Links to organisations and sites of interest with tips, advice, courses in jingles, voice overs & more.
Radio Stations - join one of the SiteRings.
Unsigned Artists Demo's Wanted for Radio Airplay!!
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Host Your Own Radio Show!!
CMP Radio was an internet-based radio station available to all, for free which closed in 2004. Their main objective was to give everyone an equal opportunity to become a DJ / Presenter from their own home. Although the service has now ceased operation, their website and forums are still available online.
Be an Online DJ
The Internet has allowed music to finally be aired regardless of genre, style or age group. Unlike the usual major stations it has spawned a host of stations, presenters and dj's who are not tied to the signature format or dictates of a producer.
Many stations will allow you to use their vault of mp3's to create your own show, some will allow you to broadcast your own playlist within their programming schedule or you can run your own station using their servers! - phenominal!!
Do's n Don'ts
Do - Read radio regulations and requirements for your country.
Do - Read terms, conditions closely before signing up.
Do - Talk to other users via a messageboard for their opinions on the service.
Do - Have a show format prepared, you can always adjust it!
Don't - Sign up or start broadcasting without getting advice via internet, other users or radio authority.
Likely problems - Some stations do not belong to PRS, MCPS OR the Radio Authority (or their equivalent in relevant countries) - you may be taken to court for illegal broadcasting or for non-payment of royalties so please CHECK!
For tips on what makes a good presenter and how to get started read Cable, AM & FM Radio. and the following sites let you broadcast your own streaming audio or add your MP3 playlists:
Well Established DIY DJ site offering three choices. Listen to streaming broadcasts at whatever bandwidth you specify using Winamp. Broadcast your own MP3 playlist using Shoutcast's broadcasting tools. Or you can set up your own Shoutcast server and broadcast other DJs' streams. Only PC users can participate in the broadcasting or server options.
You will need an MP3 player (for listening to streams); Shoutcast broadcasting tools (for creating your own broadcast) or Shoutcast Server (to host Shoutcast streams)
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Live365 allows you to create an Internet radio broadcast using your own MP3 playlist or listen to broadcasts from other DJs. There are two unique ways in which to play DJ: EasyCast (which gives you 365MB of free space to store your music) or LiveCast (which allows you to add in voice-overs and broadcast live performances). If you have your own broadcast on another site, you can add it to Live 365's directory for free.
You will need RealPlayer; EasyCast option requires that you download EasyLoader software (PC users only)
Cable, AM & FM Radio
How to start, How to get on the radio and other tips!
The initial stages are relatively easy, practice your dj and presenting skills at home and at parties, disco's etc., Work out a 2 or 3 good tracks, chat, jingles etc and record your demo show format. There are a number of small independent stations, hospital radio stations and RSL's (restricted service licenses) appearing throughout the UK who are actively looking for volunteers and helpers in exchange for training and broadcast experience.
The Radio Authority ceased to exist in 2003 but produced a booklet with all the station addresses, contact numbers and frequency which should also be your first stop for the latest updates on stations applying for RSL's. Some of the information is still available at the new governing body OFCOM If you are at school, college or university you may have a department who provide tuition and many local radio stations provide a slot for local schools to participate in their community station.
Media UK provide a great directory of addresses and links to radio stations, jingles companies, broadcasting schools, television, newspapers and magazines - an essential link to your bookmarks!
BBC Training Online has several free courses suitable for BROADBAND users, including interviewing for radio, microphones and sound for radio, minidisc for radio and using Cool Edit Pro.
Many DJ's, Presenters and Producers have started via a hospital or community radio station and some even start their own community radio station! But if you have your heart set on being the next 'Terry Wogan', 'Chris Moyles', 'Chris Evans' or any other famous radio presenter then once the trainings done you will need to redo the demo tape and approach some larger stations.
Unless you intend a certain 'trademark' attitude - smile when talking over the microphone, make your chat sections as interesting, fun or cheerful as possible for your listeners. Ensure the demos recording levels are even, clear, with no crackles, pops or 'dead air' (long silences). Contact the stations by letter or telephone before sending off your demo - unsolicited tapes/cd's etc are often ignored. Listen to the stations format, playlist and programming, you may find that the station is not compatable with the style or genre of music you play.
Once you have researched and contacted the stations you wish to apply for, then send in your tape with a letter referring to your previous contact, your reason for applying, a brief outline of whats on the demo and of course your demo! It's also worth mentioning that you will be in contact to confirm receipt of the letter and its contents. Check that your precious cargo has reached its destination after about a week, by which time they may have had the opportunity to review your masterpiece, if not the conversation will remind them about you!
For essential links to Radio Resources, Hospital Radio, Radio Jobs, Online Radio information, Funding and more Click Here.
How To's & Radio Articles
Pop Goes the MusicianReturn To Top
becoming a DJ is a popular alternative source of income for musicians. Article by Colin D'Cruz.
Their 'Behind The Scenes' section presents a series of interviews with people in the biz including: Do You Want to be a Promoter, Do You Want to Be a Live Sound Engineer, Do You Want to be a Band Manager, Do You Want to be the Head of Music at a Radio Station, Do You Want to become a Venue Manager and Do you want to be a booking agent?
Online Free Recording & Studio Help Features including advice on compression, plug-ins, mixing and more.
Harry Levy: Radio Promotion
An expert in radio promotion and a specialist in AAA, Harry talks to Musician.com about radio formats, specialty shows, Internet radio and how bands can get the most out of radio stations.
U.K. Garage: Step Two The Beat
Article on underground Garage history, producers and the state of the drum n bass scene by Peter Shapiro
Radio Shows to Listen Out For!
Phil Penny's Rock and Blues Show
Saturday night 8pm-10pm on 96.7 Ashbourne Radio
The AUTOBLUES is a eekly two hour program devoted to the world of blues. Broadcast on RADIO ECONOMIA (FM 104.8) which covers most of the Basque Country (Bizkaia and Cantabria) (Spain)., the show is aired every Sunday at around 6 to 9 PM, entirely repeated every wednesday betwen 11 AM & 1 PM.
All the blues styles are played and the station controller has requested submissions, new releases as well as rough cuts, CDs, press releases or any other material you consider of any interest. Send stuff or contact
Radio Economía 104,8 FM
C/Henao, 13 4 Plta
Browse our list of Blues Radio Shows, Blues Stations & Internet Webcasts!! Click Here!!.
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Archer & Valerie Productions
Free prep radio links, wav files, audio cuts
Alice's Restaurant Rock Radio - Rock in to our DJ Bear's site
American Disc Jockey Association
Broadcast Net - The Broadcast Industry's Home Page
BRS Radio Directory radio search site that allows you to find stations by call-letters, state, format etc.. Also features international listings.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters
Canadian Disc Jockey Association
California Disc Jockeys visit the sites to book a dj or find out the latest gig dates, info and news.
California Disc Jockey listings for Bay area DJ's.
Commedia Awards UK - Grants for people who want to make a production about a community issue.
Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
Online website with event, booking and music management tools for DJ's and Entertainers.
Film & TV Connection: an entertainment industry school with 5,000 students worldwide who train on-site at major film studios, video production companies, radio and TV stations, recording studios and record labels.
Grapevine Jobs - the best source for jobs in and around broadcast, film and music. Everything from animation to radio, from interactive TV to post-production - and many more jobs available are advertised.
Hospital Radio UK - Packed full of info & links to resources and uk radio sites.
Hospital Radio Webring - contains information and links to uk hospital radio stations and related broadcasting sites.
Independent Radio News The News providers for many Newspapers, Radio and Tv stations.
Inside Radio.com The online version of this weekly music industry fax sent to hundreds of subscribers at labels and radio each week providing insider insight as to the current happenings in radio.
Masspool DJ Association
Media Training Masterclasses
provide training for wannabe radio and TV presenters at the BBC Training and Development centre in Worcestershire.
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) USA trade association for broadcasters.
DJ Academy offering courses in professional DJ-ing and presenting skills plus programming that includes Personal Development, Business, Music and A-List Interviews as well as Local and Global Issues
Prep Links Show - prep links
Radio Business Report, Inc. the business side of the radio industry, keep abreast of the movers, shakers and politics of the business of radio.
Radio & Production
The US Magazine for Radio's Production Personnel provides free online job classifieds.
Radio Connection Music Industry placement service with students training onsite worldwide at major radio & tv stations, recording studio's, record labels, film studio's and film production companies
Radio.dj.net Search for DJ's in your area to hire.
Radio-Locator Station Listing the most comprehensive radio station search engine on the internet.
Radio Now UK - links to 150 online stations to listen to live plus directory of uk radio stations, ownership groups, news and more
Radio Society of Great Britain - UK Amateur Radio, has news, upates and info
Student Radio - Excellent UK Resource for students, station A-Z, charts and more.
The Radio School - One to one, face to face and online radio presenter & production training.
The Radio School (UK)
runs one to one radio presenter courses in both radio presentation and production techniques. The Radio School offers varied radio courses for the presentation and production of professional radio. We're now based in Staplehurst Kent (UK). We're close to London with excellent road and rail links to the rest of the UK and mainland Europe. Our courses are used by both newcomers and established presenters and deejays too. The Radio School will assist you in learning presentation styles, techniques and production values. All ages are welcome and we also accept students from around the globe wishing to learn radio production and presentation in the UK. Plus we provide on going help guidance and advice on marketing your presentation skills and demo for months after. All part of our commitment to all who attend our courses.
Virtual DJ - MP3 and Video Clip mixing software
Windows Media Player Radio Tuner - choose from a selection of major stations like Jazz Fm and click play to listen online
Virtual Radio University
a free resources to UK radio presenters, journalists, sales, management and anyone interested in learning more about radio and it's history.
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