If you’ve ever wanted to own your own radio station, your wish can now be granted from a new service called SAM VIBE. I’m not talking about you being a DJ, I’m talking about you owning your own radio station. You may think you need to be:
- an audio engineer or
- all of the above
to own your own radio station, but you don’t have to be any of these. SAM VIBE is easy to use and free. Pretty much anyone who has a desire to own their own radio station can now do so with SAM VIBE.
SAM VIBE was launched in October this year and is owned by Spacial, which has been in the audio software business since 1999. I recently spoke with the Managing Director of Spacial, Pascal Laflamme, who told me they had over a thousand people set up SAM VIBE radio stations in the first week after the service was launched.
About SAM VIBE
SAM VIBE lets you create your own Internet radio station so you can broadcast your content to your listeners. “SAM VIBE is the easiest way to start an online radio station,” said Laflamme.
Here’s a video showing you how it works:
You can set up your own amateur or professional radio station in minutes. “You only need three steps to set up a radio station,” explained Laflamme. “Within 10 to 15 minutes you can be running your own radio station.”
Your audio files will be played according to your settings or, if you haven’t adjusted your settings, in a continuous loop on your radio station so people tuning in can listen to your station at any time.
You can discover SAM VIBE radio stations in a directory at audiorealm.com
With SAM VIBE, you can set up your own Internet radio station within minutes. A Quick Start Guide will walk you through the steps to get started. You sign up for an account, download the software and then upload your audio files. SAM VIBE accepts a wide variety of audio file formats.
The dashboard is intuitive with tabs to help guide you through its use.
You are given a web address that you can share with your listeners, post on your Facebook page, link to on your website and email to your friends. You can also submit your station to TuneIn Radio so people can listen to your station on their mobile devices.
Note that if you are uploading others’ music to your radio station, you can purchase a license from companies such as ASCAP, Sound Exchange, BMI, SESAC, Loudcity.com or Streamlicensing.com in the US.
Although the software is simple and intuitive to use, it offers features that give you control over your broadcasts. You can put music files in your queue and play them in order or shuffle them. You can also schedule your music. Laflamme gave the example of adding separation rules so you don’t have the same song, artist or album playing twice in a brief time period.
You can also schedule Playblocks so you could play jazz music in the morning and pop songs in the evening. You can have different separation rules for each Playblock.
If you want to include news or weather, you can schedule tasks, such as playing the news audio file at the top of the hour. You can schedule that audio file to play just once so you don’t have the news playing in a continuous loop, for example. You can also schedule station promos and jingles to play at different times of the day.
SAM VIBE provides you with stats for your station, including how many listeners you have at any given time, peak listeners per day, average listeners per day and month, and performance counts for each song/track, etc. If your station gets popular, you could monetize your station by selling advertisements.
Ideas for Using SAM VIBE
You can upload music, podcasts, talk radio shows, interviews or any other audio files you want to share with others. Schools can create their own radio stations run by students. If you’re a band looking to be discovered, share your music on your SAM VIBE radio station. You can broadcast weekly podcasts on a topic you’re passionate about.
Political candidates could have their own radio stations to broadcast their speeches and interviews and to inform listeners of their positions on the issues. Churches could have their own radio stations to broadcast their ministries and sermons.
Laflamme gave the example of a trumpet fan who uses his radio station to play only trumpet music. Some movie fans have started radio stations that play only Star Wars and Star Trek music from those movies. “We discovered that there are people who are fans of a specific niche and Internet radio is allowing people to get exactly what they are looking for. You don’t have to listen to a generic radio station, you can listen to the songs you want to hear.”
Creating a radio station with SAM VIBE is free. You don’t even need a credit card to create an account. You will not be charged for the first 0.5 GB of data that you upload and store on SAM VIBE. If you want to upload and store more audio files, pricing is as follows:
SAM VIBE software is designed to be accessible for those who are blind, visually impaired and color-blind. “We discovered that there is a community of broadcasters within the blind and visually impaired community, but there were no tools to make it accessible to them,” said Pascale.
The software has large fonts and the color scheme is designed to be color-blind friendly. Further, the software is compatible with text-to-speech screen readers and can be operated using a keyboard without a mouse.
What Else You Need to Know
SAM VIBE only works with recorded audio files. Live streaming isn’t yet available on SAM VIBE, though Laflamme would like to offer that feature in the future.
The software only works on Windows, not Mac. Laflamme explained that since the software launched recently, they had to focus on the biggest market, which is Windows. “If we see that the demand is there (for bringing SAM VIBE to Mac), then we will focus our efforts there.”
Have you ever wanted to own your own radio station? Do you like the idea of being able to broadcast your content on your own radio station? Would you like to have SAM VIBE be available on the Mac? What would you broadcast on your radio station? If you have a SAM VIBE radio station, let us know about it in the Comments section below!