Internet radio

What should know about Live broadcasts

I have personally grown fond of tons of podcasts being uploaded every day. They serve as a repository of interesting information. From Howstuffworks to Freakonomics, to Joe Morgan, it's sheer awesomeness. Similarly, there are plenty of online radio stations cropping up every day, so variety is as varied as the next. There are some great ones to subscribe to, and lots of unearthed gems waiting to be found. They go along and compete even with the historic radio broadcasts.

live broadcast AWhat's a live broadcast?

Live broadcasts are transmissions through radio (AM or FM) or online that outputs audio on a range of topics. It is controlled from an office or home studio by a group of DJ’s. Typically, it prefers user interaction, since listeners request their favorite tracks. Automated stations have garnered quite some popularity these days.

What's a podcast?

In a nutshell, podcasts are digital files that can be downloaded to mobile phone or laptop. People can also stream it from host's website. Podcasts focuses on specifics topic and it requires little to no user interaction. Typically it is recorded from a studio with near to perfect settings. Mostly, it is made available as series for subscribers. Interestingly live broadcasts vs podcasts debate revolve around content type and how listeners can access content. The below sections will give a clearer picture on that.

Generic vs Specific content

Radio stations deal with a wide range of topics, entitling themselves to a mass appeal. These jolly good channels have better chances of keeping listeners hooked on to it Podcasts, on the other hand, focus on specific topic and appeals to niche audience, Audience for podcasts stumble across it, while they search online for related information.

Go live vs Streaming recorded content

Anything that goes wrong in live broadcasts cannot be edited out, including presenters coughing and fluffing the lines. It earns genuine love from listeners, owing to its spontaneous fun. Podcasts can be recorded, re-recorded, edited and given special effects. The niche audience likes it that way considering the clarity in content. Raw vs. Edited content Radio, online or terrestrial, is an instant medium. You can have a copy of the shows, but listeners are less likely to go back and listen to it With podcasts, listeners have that file. They might play it over and over The file needs rigorous editing. When converting live stream into podcast, the adverts need to be edited out for shorter episodes.

Regulated vs Unregulated content

Radio stations mandate high regulations and licensing. The same applies to Internet streams in some territories. Podcasts, however require little to no regulations and licenses. Podcasts can't use copyrighted material. Live broadcasts can use them after paying royalties. They need to have their DJ’s and staff educated on copyrights and censors.

Scheduled vs. On Demand (Access to content)

Live radio has a fixed schedule and it sticks to that When audience tunes in, half way into the show, a chunk of it is going to be missed. Presenters are required to repeat the focus of the show a few times. On the other hand, listeners can steam or download podcasts around their own schedule.