Hello, everyone. I am brand new to these forums (freshly registered), and with this first post I want to first thank the hosts and other fellow DJs out there for what looks like a great DJ community.
I tried the search function of these forums as well as Google, but I am so new to DJing that I might be using the wrong search terminology. I run a personal radio station online, and am currently broadcasting using SAM Broadcaster with Icecast being my server, which is located on my computer. The end user listens in from players embedded in my own web site.
I recently contacted my web host and they said it was okay for me to install a streaming server, however due to liability issues they could not recommend software or "endorse" any particular name. So here is what I am looking for:
I need a software solution that can be installed via FTP/web browser (FileZilla to upload, etc.) that can take music that I have on my web host (I'd be uploading those as well so that the software has access) and play it randomly, along with station ID's, ads, etc. as an automated system. Now is where you will tell me to just install an embedded MP3 player, BUT now comes the tricky part . . . I need to be able to override that stream when I go live.
A radio station I used to volunteer for (subspace radio) has this ability already, but due to security reasons they would not tell me how they do it (understandable). They have what they call "Live 1" and "Live 2" for streams and the DJs can hand off to each other. DJ1 gets done on Live 1, starts to play a "transition song" and DJ2 also plays a "transition song". At the assigned time (usually on the hour) the server AUTOMATICALLY switches the live stream from DJ1 to DJ2. The listener does not have to switch players. In fact all they hear between shows is the transition song then the new DJ starting their show. This seems very professional and is done just like a real radio station, but handled by DJs in their own homes in separate locations in the world.
When there are no DJs scheduled, an automated system takes over and acts as a "jukebox" of sorts, playing random music but also including the station ID, ads, etc.
In my case, I am the only DJ, but in the future I have a couple of friends that stated they might want to play music on my station as well. So I am planning ahead for a solution to do this. But in the meantime, I do want my station to be 24/7 music playing. NOT just the 4 to 8 hours a day I am live. No matter when the listener tunes in I want them to be able to hear music. But I also have to watch my ISP bandwidth and computer wear and tear, so I am not willing to leave my PC on 24/7 to run a server out of my home.
Again, I apologize for making this seem long, but I want to be very clear on what I am looking for and see if any fellow DJs have a solution, paid or free, that can fit my needs. ANY suggestions will help, including what the technology is called so I can find something via Google. I keep searching "online streaming server", "Online jukebox", "online radio DJ software" and all I get are leads to software you can install on your own computer at home or third party hosting solutions that you have to pay monthly for. I do not need hosting. I just need software that can be uploaded to my web host that works with what I need.
Take care, all, and thanks in advance for any leads.