How to Start A Radio Station – Tips for Amateurs

The first thing to be familiar with is the legislation that administers the licensing to broadcast to the community through your country’s authority. Secondly, it is recommended to check other radio stations broadcasting in your locality to give you an idea what services are offered nearby. It is important that your station does not clash with the services provided by other stations. After all, it just means that your content will be redundant. Choose something that will impress your audience and will draw more people to your station every day, and in turn advertisers so you can make a living out of a radio station. Licenses are not optional to run a community radio station. The radio authority in your region only issues the license. In an area or a community, a limited number of permits are available. Before planning it all in your head, make sure you contact local authorities to see if any are available.

1. Is There a Need for One?

To have a successful radio station, you need to make sure it covers a community or part of your community that the other radio stations don’t include. This needs to be explicitly mentioned in the application you’re filling for the license, and it will give you a profound idea into what kinds of programs and services should be offered by your radio station.

2. Do You Have Your Community’s Support?

To get off the ground and start broadcasting, you’ll need your communities’ support as a task like this is not easy to handle. Explore your community’s interest and get their support. Assemble a team which can help you get your license, setting it up, etc.

3. What Are Your Community’s Interests?

Catering to the community and their needs is essential. You need to find out the different interests of your community, and this means that to make your community radio a success, you need to understand what interests your community. Communities can be religious, youth-related, and geographically specific. Figure out which community your radio station will represent.

4. Frequency Check

Before you start broadcasting to your community, you need to identify the right frequency. Usually planned frequencies are evident in the license area. However, if you aren’t amongst the lucky ones, it’s going to cost you a bit, but you can still identify the frequency suitable for your community with the right help if you require.

5. Gather the community

As you begin to provide to your community’s interests and broadcasting niche, you will know whether your community will back your airtime. Once you are clear with your demand, it is time to set it up to push content. Set up meetings and be sure to invite prominent members of the community o to participate. Invite several people to these community meetings and openly advertise the time and date for the next meeting. Use this opportunity to make an addition to your team.

6. Set Up Your Own Radio Station

A community radio station should be a non-profit organization. A Temporary Community Broadcasting license (TCBL) is only given to an incorporated organization. For small community organizations, an incorporated association is a legal body which is different from its members hence can carry out tasks more efficiently and effectively.  Lastly, apply for a TCBL, and then you’re all set for your first show.


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