To become a DJ, first you must subscribe to the anonradio-l mailing list by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org that says:
Then, send a message to the list and introduce yourself. Tell us about the show you want to do, and request a time-slot – for the current schedule, just visit anonradio.net. When you are ready to schedule your show, email membership and you will be given a username, password, mountpoint and server name to stream your show to. Scheduled shows are automatically switched-in by the server.
Before getting your own show, you may like to try broadcasting during OpenMIC.
There are a variety of tools that can be used to stream to aNONradio from a variety of operating systems. Any scheduled DJ can choose between live streaming, podcasting or repeating your show. This makes it very flexible for the DJ especially when you find your self in a bind with a personal emergency or scheduling conflict.
Regardless of what software you use, please ensure that your outgoing stream conforms to the following specifications:
Bit rate: 192 Kbps CBR Sample Rate: 44.1 KHz Channels: 2 (stereo) Format: mp3
It is possible to stream a collection of audio files using liquidsoap:
liquidsoap 'output.icecast(%mp3, host="anonradio.net", port=8010, user="YOURSDFUSERNAME", password="YOURICECASTPASSWORD", mount="/YOURSDFUSERNAME", mksafe(playlist("/path/to/playlist.m3u")))'
playlist.m3u must then contain a list of these files. The above command must be terminated at the end of the show; if not, it will loop, resulting in weird behavior.
Mixxx is an open-source cross-platform graphical DJ tool which can stream to Icecast servers, including aNONradio. It is recommended if you are playing tracks from audio files stored on your computer.
“butt (broadcast using this tool) is an easy to use, multi OS streaming tool. It supports SHOUTcast and Icecast and runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. The main purpose of butt is to stream live audio data from your computers Mic or Line input to an Shoutcast or Icecast server. Recording is also possible. It is NOT intended to be a server by itself or automatically stream a set of audio files.”
Instructions on using
butt to stream to aNONradio are forthcoming.
There is an SDF tutorial for setting-up Nicecast on Mac OS X with iTunes / Skype / whatever else, all with voice-over capability.
To stream during your timeslot or during openmic, create a playlist of your desired songs:
ls -d -1 /PATH/TO/YOUR/MUSIC/*.* » playlist.m3u
Copy the default ezstream config to your home directory:
mkdir ~/.ezstream cp /usr/share/doc/ezstream/examples/ezstream_mp3.xml ~/.ezstream/
Edit your newly copied config thusly:
<ezstream> <url>http://anonradio.net:8010/YOUR_DJ_MOUNT_NAME</url> <sourceuser>YOUR_DJ_USER_NAME</sourceuser> <sourcepassword>YOUR_DJ_PASSWORD</sourcepassword> <format>MP3</format> <filename>/PATH/TO/YOUR/playlist.m3u</filename> <svrinfobitrate>192</svrinfobitrate> <svrinfosamplerate>44100</svrinfosamplerate> <stream_once>1</stream_once> </ezstream>
And start your stream with this command:
ezstream -c ~/.ezstream/ezstream_mp3.xml
If you are streaming a group of varying format files, you can homogenize them like this:
<ezstream> <url>http://anonradio.net:8010/YOUR_DJ_MOUNT_NAME</url> <sourceuser>openmic</YOUR_DJ_USER_NAME> <sourcepassword>YOUR_DJ_PASSWORD</sourcepassword> <format>MP3</format> <filename>/PATH/TO/YOUR/playlist.m3u</filename> <svrinfobitrate>192</svrinfobitrate> <svrinfosamplerate>44100</svrinfosamplerate> <stream_once>1</stream_once> <reencode> <enable>1</enable> <encdec> <format>MP3</format> <match>.mp3</match> <decode>/usr/pkg/bin/madplay -v -Q -i -b 16 -R 44100 -S -o raw:- @T@</decode> <encode>/usr/pkg/bin/lame --preset cbr 192 -r -s 44.1 --bitwidth 16 - -</encode> </encdec> </reencode> </ezstream>
There are alsoinstructions for streaming with ezstream on Debian using PulseAudio.
The podcasting mechanism can be used at any time to help you schedule your future shows. Simply record a single MP3 for the duration of your show and FTP it anonymously to ftp://anonradio.net/pub/incoming with the file format:
yymmddhhmm_djname.mp3 (ex, 202212310600_djdaniel.mp3 would stream on December 31st, 2022 at 0600 UTC for DJ Daniel)
You can also insert metadata at various intervals during your show. This can be used to provide playlist information as well as commentary and fun. The metadata is printed in com, xmpp chat and in various listener players such as vlc. Providing a metadata file is option.
yymmddhhmm_djname.meta (ex, 202212310600_djdaniel.meta)
The format of each line in the meta file is very simple:
hhmmss:text: (ex, 000035:Welcome to DJ Daniel's show!: would print Welcome to DJ Daniel's Show at 35 seconds in)
Once a podcast has begun it will play through the end of your show as your DJ name. If you decide you'd rather stream live than podcast for whatever reason, just make sure you're connected to the server before your show begins. If you're connected, then the podcasting file will not play and the server will switch to you live.
Say something comes up and you can't make your show. No problem! Repeater is there to preserve continuity to your time slot and the aNONradio schedule by randomly selecting and streaming one of your past shows from the archive. This is great if you need a break or go on vacation and are unable to make podcasting files. But what if you're just late? No problem! Repeater always gives the DJ priority so that if the repeater sees you've connected, it will switch to you immediately but will stand by in case you need it to pick up for you.
During your show you can login here:
Login with your anonradio.net streaming credentials. You will ONLY be able to login during your show.
This feature will be helpful to DJs who stream from analogue devices like turntables, cassettes and such that don't send playlist MetaData.
Timing is everything! aNONradio is synchronized to http://time.nist.gov for UTC (Earth) time. For live DJs known when they on and off the air it helpful. You can use https://aNONradio.net/countdown to time your beginning and ending of your show. Just load it in a browser and watch the seconds countdown.