Zara Radio and Broadwave Streamer, two tastes that go good together.
Zara Radio main window.
I play a playlist that will go for a month then either repeat or shuffle and restart. I could do this with any audio player but the goal is to imitate a radio station by breaking up the list and injecting some radio station like breaks and play favorites more often. I think in Real Radio the tool for charting the hourly schedule is called a clock wheel. I schedule the programming with several folders of source material :
- Music - the main core programming. As mentioned, it will play for over a month without repeats. One can make a playlist to strictly control the order or just point to a folder and have Zara pick random items.
- Hotbox - Favorites that you may want to hear more often than once a month. I toss new stuff in there too before it gets added to the main list.
- Breaks - One to two minute comedy items and some fake commercials.
- Bits - Soundboard items, often 5 to 10 second off the wall tracks. Might be movie quotes. Might be short comedy bits.
Scheduling the breaks is in the Zara events settings. After several experiments I settled on Hotbox items twice an hour, station ID wisecracks twice an hour, comedy items once an hour and bits 3 times an hour. More than just playing all 10,000 of my favorite mp3s, it gives a radio station flow to the programming.
Zara can also add time & weather announcements if one wants more "Real Radio" emulation.
Special events can be programmed too. Five O'clock on Fridays plays an hour of songs related to working for a living for instance.
Broadwave option panel. Really simple to configure and test. There's a local
network access and a public (The Internet) access option.
Broadwave Input. This is what will stream. Could be the audio input and fed
from a music player (simple) or mixer/processor/equalizer (not simple). Mine
picks up whatever audio is playing in the computer's sound mixer.
Broadwave running and streaming live. Click on the Connect icon and it will
bring up an html page with urls and a flash player to access your stream.
Sorry, I don't publish the url. This is meant for personal use.