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Do you make money from your station?

Offline DJ Garybaldy

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Do you make money from your station?
« on: March 15, 2020, 02:09:39 PM »
As the title of the topic suggests do you make money from your radio station and how long did it take you to become successful?

Just trying to get through to a user on another forum who seems to think Internet radio is a "GET RICH SCHEME"

I've had to gently let him down. I personally don't think that many online stations make money.

Its like a needle in a haystack when it comes to stations streaming on the internet there are so many listed that you won't get many listeners

Then there's also the threat from streaming music sites... Not the best time to be trying to launch a station let alone try to make any money from it.
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Re: Do you make money from your station?
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2020, 08:17:58 PM »
Not with money, but with the enjoyment of being able to share my hobby with others.


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Re: Do you make money from your station?
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2020, 11:25:07 PM »
There's really no way my little station is going to make any money. And frankly, I don't expect it to.

I run my station as a retirement project. I program it the way I want it to sound and rejoice that people want to listen. I could sell sponsorships (since Live365 doesn't allow commercials in their stream other than the ones they insert), but after over 40 years in commercial radio, I don't want to pound the streets selling short announcements. Not worth it.

I'm thankful that I'm able to run the station for less than $100 a month, including the payments to Live365 for music royalties. Since I stream a lot of TV, I'm already paying for internet service and don't pay for cable service, so I don't count that cost into my budget.

I enjoy what I'm doing. I do it because it's something I've been doing almost all my life. I'm just glad I don't have to report to any corporate honchos. :cool:
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Re: Do you make money from your station?
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2020, 01:39:53 AM »
I’ve found great success with my station, but probably not in the typical way.

I built mine purely for my own entertainment. Several friends liked is, told friends and word grew. As others made the leap into their own stations, I started getting requests, not for technical assistance, but for programming help. It seems my station has a “sound” theirs did not.

I spent 45 years programming commercial stations in a number of markets and formats and I guess I remembered a few things.

Anyway after working on a series of stations, I was approached to build a station for a local music museum. They offered to pay not only for the “construction” but an ongoing monthly programming contract. It seems they are the only museum in the country with their own station so it generated some favorable press. That led to a local church with the same offer. Organizations, schools, businesses, bands, etc are now clients.

In short, I’ve grown a very nice business from helping people craft a unique, polished sound using a truly remarkable application.   I retired 4 years ago and and now I’m having the time of my life.....back in radio.
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