Hey! Welcome to the KL Radio family! We’re delighted to have you join our international team of talented presenters, DJs and just generally nice people!
To get you started, here is a ‘checklist’ of all the things that we have found from experience that you should have in place when you go ‘live’ for the first time. We find that these are now ‘tried and trusted’ guidelines to get you on the air, and on the road to internet super-stardom!
But before we get started, here’s a few points of interest about KL Radio:
- KL Radio was founded by Kevin Lever (hence the ‘KL’) in 2020;
- The first ‘official’ live broadcast was on 1st July 2020;
- KL Radio is fully licenced to play music PRS
- We broadcast 24/7
- KL Radio is available on our bespoke webapp at https://www.webapp.klradio.online, on any Alexa-enabled device, and on any browser at www.klradio.online/listen – we are also on most internet radio apps available for your mobile device, such as myTuner.
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- Laptop, PC or Mac/MacBook = min 8Gb RAM recommended
- Good quality stereo headphones
- Studio microphone (with ‘pop’ filter)
- Audio interface/external mixer
- DJ controller (optional)
- A good quality internet connection (ethernet connection advised)
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Whatever software you opt for, it MUST be able to connect to Shoutcast
If you’re a Pro DJ, and internet radio is just a sideline, we recommend Virtual DJ. There are two versions available – free and Pro. The Pro licence costs £19.99/month, or you can buy a lifetime licence for £300, which allows you unlimited upgrades free of charge (*correct as at November 2020). The Pro version is an industry leader for professional DJs, and features pretty-much anything that a mobile (or radio) DJ could think of.
If you opt for the free version, or are using another application, you can use a free piece of software to broadcast to the radio server. B.U.T.T. (Broadcast Using This Tool) is a popular software solution for broadcasting.
For guidelines on using other DJ software, please see tutorials below from the Radio.co website
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Anything really (within reason). Presenters are encouraged to create and develop their own show formats.
If you are considering a more niche genre, we would ask you to assess how popular it is likely to be with the listening audience.
During live broadcasts, you can only play music that you own, stored as a valid audio file (e.g. MP3, WAv, etc) on your PC, laptop or connected external hard drive.
Music played from streaming sources, such as Spotify, Soundcloud etc will be muted during live broadcasts, as this contravenes the fair use policies of such providers.
KL Radio will not tolerate the playing of any explicit lyrics, nor anything which promotes any form of racism, sexism, homophobia, or any other kind of hate speech.
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KL Radio already has several popular social media channels. You will be given Editor permissions to the Facebook Page and Group. The links are below:
We suggest that you set up an independent Facebook Group or Page, for (each of) your show(s).
*A Facebook Group allows easier two-way interaction, as members can post as well as group admins/moderators. Pages afford more control, as only page admins and moderators can usually post.
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- Your own personal member (profile) page – here you can add your own headshot, bio and social media links
- A page for each show that your present – we recommend that you embed recordings of your shows here as well.
Here is a helpful video tutorial on how to get started using WordPress and the KL Radio website.
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One of the best things about being part of the KL Radio team is the great sense of community, almost a family spirit, amongst the DJs.
No matter what you need help with, one of the team will be on hand to help you out – not quite 24/7, but not far off!