How to Start a Radio Station
- Apply for a frequency. It may take a long time before you’re assigned a frequency [source FCC].
- Apply for a license. It’s illegal to operate an unlicensed radio station, even at extremely low power [source: FCC].
- Establish a source of funding. Remember, you’ll need to pay for studio space and power, among other things.
How much does it cost to start your own radio station?
Many stations get on the air for under $15,000 and can stay on the air for less than $1,000 per month. The main start-up expenses for a radio station are engineering fees, studio equipment for producing radio shows, and transmitting equipment for sending your signals out to the world.
How do I start an Internet radio station for free?
Start Your Own Internet Radio Station for Free
- Step 1: Get Your Gear. You don’t need any special audio gear for this project–aside from a mic, if you plan to say anything (song introductions, station identifications, or whatever).
- Step 2: Set Up Your Server. Before you start streaming, you’ll need to estimate the size of audience you expect (or want).
What equipment do I need to start a radio station?
These include CD players, tape machines, or vinyl record players. Most modern radio stations use a computer in conjunction with one or all of the previously mentioned playback devices. Progressive Concepts is a comprehensive source for all of the necessary equipment required to start your own FM or LPFM radio station.