HOW TO START YOUR OWN ONLINE RADIO STATION

WANNA BROADCAST ONLINE from your website? Streamworks Solution, produced by Xing Corporation of Arroyo Grande, CA (805-473-0145) is one of the most popular packages. The basic setup includes the following:

1 Transmitter/CPU: Takes in raw audio and translates into MPEG encoded data streams (approx. $2,500).

2 Server software: For any feed up to a T-1 line (approx. $3,500).

3 Client software: StreamWorks: Decodes MPEG stream. Downloadable free from Xing website (http://www.xing.com).

Total cost: about $6,000, plus microphones, mixer, cassette deck, and CD players. CP

--Hermes

ONLINE RADIO SITES

MOST OF THE programming below requires a 28.8 modem to work optimally (or at all), along with either RealAudio or StreamWorks software, which is "easily downloadable" for free at each site. (Good luck...)

Net.radio (http://www.netradio.net): Classic rock, indie/unsigned bands (mostly pop/rock), classical .

KPIG (http://www.kpig.com): An aging hippie-style mix of alt-country, rock, acoustic pop, bluegrass, Cajun, and world beat. Broadcasts from Freedom, CA.

First Radio(http://www.firstradio.com): Web-only broadcasts. Incredibly banal top-40 pop mix with little rhyme or reason. Site includes a note to potential investors, who can call "Chairman Juerg Grau" at one of his various international offices.

Talk America (http://www.talkamerica.com): Online talk radio featuring such luminaries as Bo Gritz, Jerry Brown, and Mr. Z ("The Biker's Program").

KUSF (http://204.58.152.70/pub/kusf/kusf.htm): Cool free-form college radio from University of San Francisco.

KOYN (http://ww2.audionet.com/pub/kbla/ kbla.htm): Decent modern country mix. Broadcasts from Paris, Texas (no, it wasn't just Wim Wenders's imagination)

Radio ATN (http://www.addict.com/ Radio_ATN/): Great radio features as part of the Addicted To Noise Internet magazine. Current programs (on Sonic Youth, Neil Young, and Cracker) run 45-60 minutes, and can be played on demand.

The Edge (http://www.937edge.com): Modern rock radio and website gee-gaws.

KBLA (http://ww2.audionet.com/pub/kbla/ kbla.htm): Radio Korea test site. Originates from Los Angeles.

AudioNet(http://www.audionet.com): Online radio network featuring links to some of the above stations, as well as the AudioNet Jukebox, which at last check had 161 obscure CDs spinning, some of them actually worth hearing (see October Records' Minneapolis Does Denver).CP

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