The community college where I teach has long wanted a campus radio station, so I'm putting one together. We're gonna run Part 15 xmtrs on both AM and FM (the AM should cover most of the campus once I stick it on what passes for a bell tower on our student center; the FM will probably radiate as far as I can spit). One of my colleagues wrote a grant and in addition to the respective transmitters, we scored a couple of way-overkill Dell Studio desk-top computers (I don't remember model or CPU size off-hand, just that they were preposterously expensive and far more computer than we need). Also got StationPlaylist software, a phone patch, and a couple thousand feet of Belden audio cable in the deal.
Meanwhile, a friend passed along three Wheatstone consoles; sure they're state-of-the-art circa 1990, but they'll do fine for our situation (and we'll have spare parts for years). Add the mics and the dual-CD player we got with some "hurry up and spend it" money last year, and I think we have enough toys to do some peanut-whistle broadcasting.
In addition to the RF stuff, I think it important that we stream on the 'net as well. So, here are my questions:
Any thoughts on what all can or should run on a single computer? Any problems with automation-->processing-->streaming software running at the same time on one machine?
Any thoughts on stream-hosting? How about all-in-one music-licensing/streaming (a la Loudcaster, Live365, etc.) vs. separate music licensing and streaming deals?
Ideas, suggestions, and recipes will be appreciated. Likewise, any "didja think about...?" items I may have overlooked. Despite all the money spent on toys, we don't really have an operating budget, so everything we do from here out has to be "on the cheap".
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