Why Do You Sit in the Corner Whispering?

By now you might have heard about the all-in-one web radio management suite Azuracast. Our friends at Reclaim Hosting have recently made it possible for anyone to build and run an internet radio station as well as an exciting selection of other open source software through their Reclaim Cloud PaaS (Platform as a Service) program. Having played with Azuracast over the past month at ds106radio and Strawboss Radio, I’m pleased to report that it’s probably never been easier or more fun for you or your organization to get into the radio game. That is if this is an idea that appeals to you.

Tutorials explaining how to set up and use Azuracast like a boss have recently appeared. The purpose of this and planned Strawboss blog posts is to get down my own thoughts about some of Azuracast’s features that show promise for aspiring broadcasters. For the remainder of this post, I’d like to describe the audio recording below and to list points relevant to using one of my favorite Azuracasts features: WebDJ.

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Careful Listener Series 01

Last night I did a live radio show using WebDJ through Azuracast on Strawboss Radio. The recording was created automatically and no post-production work was done on it. I had two intentions in planning and presenting the show. First I wanted to provide an introducton to how to use WebDJ in the simplest configuration possible: a DJ playing music and talking between songs. The other intention was to share some recent discoveries of old 78rpm recordings I found on the internet archive.

I also had an idea early in the process that I’d write up a detailed tutorial type blog post with screen capture images and crisp clear documentation of the process. But as my WordPress chops are so atrophied and more time than I dare admit has already been put into this endeavor, I’ve decided to save that tutorial type post until I am again more comfortable with WordPress.

For me, an exciting part about doing the show on WebDJ last night was how simple it is to present an adequate program. There is no need for extensive audio production skills or technical wizardry. All you need are your streamer login ID and PW (freely available for the asking), an internet connected computer with a web browser and microphone (I used a Lenovo Thinkpad T480 laptop with built in mic and the Opera web browser), some mp3s to upload to WebDJ with good metadata, and something to say when you turn on the mic. It’s really that simple.

If after listening to the recording and reading this post, you have any desire to explore Azuracast’s WebDJ on Strawboss Radio, get in touch and I’ll get you set up with the necessary login credentials. And if you’d like to try it out at ds106radio once they get WebDJ up and running, similar can be arranged by contacting Diamond Jim.

There’s so much more to be said about the past month of experimenting and playing with Azuracast as well as my hopes and dreams for Strawboss. So I’m actually quite tickled and excited to begin planning for the next installment of the Careful Listener Series. I hope you’ll be able tune in live or at the very least catch it in recorded form here.

But it would be the gravest of ommisions to end this post without acknowledging the support, encouragement and friendship from Diamond Jim, Brian, Chahira, Anne-Marie, Tim and Giula. Without them, I’d still be watching vaporwave and classic tennis videos on the YouTube and the radio dreams would only be in my head and I might even hear voices in the night asking: why do you sit in the corner whispering?

Let’s make some great radio, together!

3 thoughts on “Why Do You Sit in the Corner Whispering?

  1. Chahira

    What a surprise! Two tunisian jams in one post, I am impressed! One is a love song and the other one is praising food and how the singer would go crazy (he would even go get the barista in the Café fired 🙂 )
    Thank you for sharing! I have a hard time finding the titles: what is written as being a titel is actually not really: it is the scale in which it is written in. Number 23 definetely is the early times of The Rachidia. Would be good to look at it. I will ask around !
    Thanks for the shout out!
    And yes, let´s do radio together!

    1. admin Post author

      Hey Chahira,

      I’m so glad you got to listen and that those songs meant something to you. I so appreciate your explanation of the songs heard. That’s one of the fun aspects of working with items like this are completely unfamiliar to me: when a cool friend can explain it to me. It’s a fun way to learn – thanks for that.

      So which do you prefer making: a music show or a kitchen show? maybe something else?

      Kindly, do tell.

  2. Chahira

    Hey hey!
    I am not sure I want to choose between the one or the other. I grew up with radio and TV being the source of so much magic. Until the age of six, living in Germany and obviously not recalling much of it, I do remember where the radio was: in the kitchen. When I moved to Tunisia with my grandparents, there were radios. The one in the kitchen under my grand mother ‘s command, the one in her bedroom under grandpa’s command and the small mobile ones to be used in the garden and mainly all my granddads. At some point I had a “wake me up with a my favorite station tunes” type of transmitting device but never as interesting as what grand parents had. My mom has the radio on when she cooks or is in the kitchen and strangely no where else in the house. I love having speakers connected to my phone everywhere in my place.
    You certainly have seen those playlists that are compiled to motivate you when you do chores around the house, I think playing music linked to the food’s history or the personal history one could associate with a dish. Like purée de Pommes de Terre and Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean are a combination that make sense to me 😊 Well, the only way to make this a plausible assumption is the story behind it: my story! Not making much sense at the end but rather triggering some memories and magic of a pop music hit of the eighties being heard for the first time or at least being remembered so vividly even after 36 years 😊
    So, kitchen and music, Yes Sir 😊


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