What level of commitment is required to become a broadcaster?
We prefer shows be two hours long and to run on a weekly basis. You may be able to host more than one show per week, on different topics, subject to scheduling availability.
Currently, show time slots are agreed on a first come, first preferred basis. Please choose from open available time slots when scheduling your show.
What equipment do I need to broadcast a show?
We use Discord to host our shows and broadcast a live stream from our Discord chat room. Hosts use voice chat to broadcast their voice in response to audience participation from the text based Discord chat channel.
The minimum requirements for hosting a show are a microphone, a computer or smartphone, a stable internet connection, speakers, an installation of the free OBS Open Broadcaster Software and also the Discord application.
We recommend using your computer or laptop, with a basic headset mic and headphones setup, so you can type freely while keeping your voice on the air. This ensures you can simultaneously watch the chat channel for the incoming questions and comments from the audience.
Headsets with microphones are available from a wide variety of online and local shops. You can even find useable headsets for as little as $5 USD. Naturally, the more you invest in your microphone, the better you will sound on the air.
Please note: You need to wear headphones if you take any incoming audio from your listeners. This is to prevent the sound from your speakers creating a feedback/echo effect through your microphone that will sound nasty! You have been warned!
Can I play copyrighted music on my show?
We have an agreement with AcrCloud to track all of the music that is played through MSPWaves to ensure that royalties are paid fairly to any artists involved. You can play copyrighted material, provided it is available in the SoundExchange library.