Studio & Equipment Info
Putting together a radio studio can be a daunting task! You’ll need to find an appropriate space, figure out what equipment you need, obtain it, and then wire it all together and test it. The good news is that there are plenty of other studios out there to model yours after. The challenge is that no two studios are the same, so you’ll want to put some thought into how to set up your studio to best serve your station.
The resources below will tell you a bit about the commonalities among all studios (including the equipment that all low power FM stations are legally required to have), as well as the differences between various studios. If you have outstanding questions specific to your studio, don’t hesitate to contact us! We also recommend visiting other low power community radio stations as much as you can and checking out their studios before building yours – you’ll be sure to meet great people and learn something useful!
Live radio is the heart and soul of great community radio. However, an automated playback computer is a useful supplement to your live program line-up. You can use an automation system to handle unattended late night programming and to schedule program reruns and station IDs.
Expenses to Expect
One of the absolutely beautiful things about low power radio is how cheap it is. 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. The main recurring costs are rent, utilities, and personnel.