Thursday, February 25, 2016

The nitty-gritty on a part 15 radio station broadcasting copyright music.

Back in the 90's I had an old 45 record jukebox in a little diner of mine for about 5 years..
5 plays for $1.00  It was a free loner from a man I used to work for. I bought the 45's from a store that sold old LP's in town to keep the music selection rotated.

I was well aware that the newer CD jukeboxes all the other businesses had exhibited BMI stickers with some kind of small print claimer explaining the mandatory requirements of it being displayed..

My old jukebox had such a sticker, but it was well expired, and I didn't give it a second thought. It sat there for 3 or 4 years taking in enough quarters per month to cover my electric bill (which at the time averaged about $500), but eventually a customer, who happened to be somehow associated with one of the amusement companies that supplied jukeboxes to the area, began giving me all kinds of grief about my jukebox not having a current license on it. - He was drunk and belligerent, and I pretty much brushed him off.

A week or two later, my landlord who also operated the bar in the back showed me some kind of threating letter he received in the mail, and told me to either get it licensed or get the box out.... I opted to get it licensed, which wasn't much,  less than $100 if I recall right.

The whole point is that for me to legally play that old music in a public 25x15 foot room, meant I had to get a license, because it was for public consumption.. You might be barely able to hear it if you were across the street.
But there is no denying that the legal requirements of public presentation of copyright music is there.

So then, If my part 15 station were to consist of copyrighted music programming, and it was not as a commercial venture. would I pay BMI?..
Honestly, I don't know, it would depend on my pocket, and if coming up with that $250 a year cost would hurt me or not (sometimes $250 can be a lot).

If it were a for-profit station, then definitely.

But what you all do is up to you, but if the emphasis and concern is that of legal broadcasting (as it should be), well then, it's just as relevant as the length of your antenna.

Or you can just kid yourself.

Here is what RadioPilot, a member at does, and had to say about the matter:

"..... I have recieved my licenses from BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC...
The BMI license is $200.00yr from the time they grant you the license...
The ASCAP license is $123.00 and it's for one year also... they say the LPFM license was the form to use.... the SESAC license is $85.00 and it's for one year... so I think these are reasonable fees...  The BMI license states that any station earning over $10,000yr in commercial fees must revert to a regular license.. which is $450.00yr +... depending on your earnings for the year... or how you decide to 'hide' the earnings.... I intend on making my station earn it's keep by having commercials so the advertisers must be protected from liability from using music on the air... the fines are pretty steep and I would consult an attorney before you attempt to air music outside the boundary of your yard... This is my take on this and I feel that having the licenses helps to protect you from the big boys calling your station in to BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC.. which will get you into hot water.... Radiopilot"

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Maintaing the quality of your edited MP3's.

Audacity is a great tool for editing mp3's, but one of the problems with editing content of an mp3 -with most any audio editor- is that by saving your changes, it in turn recompresses the new file, and due to the nature of mp3's results in actually degrading the audio quality, as compared to the original.

You can lesson the degradation a little by saving it at a higher bitrate than the original was, but that makes it a larger file, and still doesn't completely eliminate the quality loss.
Another option is that when your finished editing, to save it as an uncompressed wave, which should maintain the audio quality of the original.. but that makes it an even larger file size than the previous option.
So often, what many of us do is just opt to accept a certain degree of audio quality loss for the sake of the final edit.

But there is another option.. Depending on what kind of editing you wish to employ, there is a completely non destructive way to a edit mp3!
If you don't need to enhance the original file with processing, but just want to do basic things like; cut out certain parts, move portions of the content around, adjust or normalize the volume, or have it fade in or out at certain points, or even split sections into entirely separate mp3 files.. Then your in luck, because you can easily do all that with a free program called mp3DirectCut.
This is a fast and simple program to use, that's easy on the resources, and to top it all off, it's free!
This is a Windows program, but you can use it on Linux with Wine.
I highly recommend you include it in your part 15 box of tools..

fast mpeg audio editing

All you need to cut your mp3

mp3DirectCut is a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing. This saves encoding time and preserves the original quality, because nothing will be re-encoded. The built in recorder creates mp3 on the fly from your audio input. Using Cue sheets, pause detection or Auto cue you can easily divide long files.


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Brilliant and unique use of ZaraRadio

ZaraRadio is a very popular choice of automation software for Part 15 radio stations, not just because it's free, but because it's so full featured, capable, stable, and simple to comprehend. So I find it fitting to tell you about an add-on of sorts that had been created to extend ZaraRadio's capabilities..

I was recently reminded by a rare visit by an elusive member by the name of dosman, on the earlier today. He came to post information of an update a program he wrote called ZaraRadio event file dumper . You can read his post by clicking the link you just passed.

But what I was saying - was I was reminded of a little program which I first came across a few years ago and never really got around to experimenting with.. It was also designed by dosman.. And.. because I'm feeling lazy.. I'm just going to copy and paste what I had originally posted about it at when I first came aware of it...


January 25, 2014 - 04:18
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This has got to be the coolest Part 15 related thing I've stumbled across since discovering Carls Low Power Hour!..
This guy has a Part 15 station: "The Ocho! operates on the north end of town and can be heard along parts of Old 37 and Walnut Street."  .. I didn't see any mention of what city or state 'Old 37 and Walnut street' might be in, nor if the station is currently is still in operation or not. But it apparently was from 2006 to 20011.

I just ran a search on a few moments ago and see that he is a member and has posted here a few times, but it doesn't look as though anyone ever gave a response.. I think it might be because no one understood what the hell he was talking about.

Anyway, I fell across his website and discovered a really brilliant thing he created to use with ZaraRadio (at least I think it's brilliant, it's new to me). He came up with a way of using Zara Radio to control 3rd party scripts for additional automation. He has Zara running on his windows pc and.. well, here it is in his own words..

"..We've been able to run a 100% automated radio station using a second linux box to generate text-to-speech updates for weather, news, and the hourly gas price report for our town. So far we've been using a "pull" methodoligy were the Zara playout host downloads updated dynamic content (text-to-speech) from the linux box using batch files and wget for Windows. This works very well for content that only needs to be updated hourly like the gas and weather. The linux box updates the text-to-speech report a few minutes ahead of the playout time, then the Zara host downloads it just before the scheduled playout beings.."

He has some example mp3s there of the text to speech outputs, like: ap news, current events, gas reports, slashdot_headlines, and weather.
The computer voice sounds like a NOAA report, which would be fine (to me) for the weather and gas reports, but not the news and events. But there are better virtual voices availble I know. I can see something like this being very useful.
He goes on to say:

"..I've wanted to have the system annunciate the names of the songs played for a while but only recently figured out a way to do this. ZaraRadio needs a method to call scripts or otherwise initiate the regeneration of a text-to-speech reports except it does not directly support this. However there's no reason the playout log can't also be used to trigger events, if a script can watch the log it can pick up commands from it too. How do you inject commands though? Simple: add fake song names to your playlist. The song names contain metadata which your script knows how to read..."

He go on describing detailed but simple scripts, and also provides a download of the "Automated DJ" program he wrote. And he tried to tell us about it here, but no one seemed to listen!
I think this is so cool! Doesn't anybody else?
Check it out: [updated link]


I missed this.. Evidently he has an updated version which can run on the same windows pc as zara is running on instead of on a separate pc with linux on it.
Here's the programs features:
* Generates spoken audio from text input sources and websites
* Mixes in randomly chosen background music if desired
* Outputs to either mp3 or wav formats (mp3 is prefered)
* Chooses random sentences from a phrase book file for dynamic reports
Ex: "And now the 1680AM gas prices from around town" and "What a fine $SEASON day for gas, prices that is"
* Garble protection - the script tries to detect errors in html processing and aborts gracefully
Ex: When a website changes their HTML the DJ will announce "Danger! Will Robinson" rather than treat your listeners to the sound of raw HTML being fed into a text2speech engine.
* Script, modules, and support files are self-documented for easy customization
* Modular design allows easy addition of new content
* Has easily updated dictionaries to assist the text-to-speech software pronounce words correctly
Ex: "St." becomes "street", "911" becomes "nine eleven" rather than "nine hundred eleven"
* Experimental support for CGI streaming output
* Cygwin environment includes 12 voices plus 1 male voice for speaking Spanish

Included modules (supported input sources):
* Gas prices from
* Current weather from
* AP News from public RSS feeds
* News from Slashdot headlines
* News from Russia Today's English RSS feed
* USGS earthquake report
* Movie listings via Google by zip-code (based on theaters near a given zip-code)
* Current events for your locality, requires writing your own sub-modules for website calendars in your area


...we cant be at the console 24/7. and I see nothing wrong or uncommon about using a computer generated voice to automatically provide updated content on certain things like the time, weather, movie schedules, current gas prices, tides, and whatever else can be automatically obtained from outside feeds...
...By no means was I suggesting a computer voice being the primary personality, but only as an assistant. After all, how many part 15 stations would be running 24 hours a day without a computer.. and how many would not be running at all?

Original posting:

Dosman the Programmer:
1680AM The Ocho!
  • Automated DJ
  • Hear demo DJ reports
  • Improving Festival Voices
  • Using the Zara Radio playout log to control other scripts
  • How to Dump ZaraRadio Event Files

  • Check it out.

    That was lazy... I'll really have to post about this again after some experimentation..


    Monday, February 15, 2016

    Are Part 15 Stations Considered "Radio Stations" By The FCC?

    About five years ago I became involved in a brief debate with Bill and others at on whether the FCC actually considered Part 15 stations as Radio Stations.
    I had argued, much to the disagreement of others, that of course they consider our flea-powered operations as radio stations! To me, it was a matter of common sense..

    Under FCC laws, a provision had been long established which enabled us a position in which we may publicly air most any form of audio programming we desire, providing that we adhere to the specific power and antenna limitations outlined in the applicable sections of part 15 -- or, in other words, we legally broadcast on the public airways, a selection of music, talk shows, commentaries, commercials, and whatever else, and the FCC is well aware of it and, under law, permits it..
    So it just stood to reason, of course the FCC considers us radio stations!

    I was a little in awe that others considered my view to be nonsense.

    The debate that ensued ranked up there as one of my favorites, -- not just because ultimately my point was proved true, but because during that unplanned, impromptu debate, it became evident that what was initially nothing more than just my casual expression of opinion on the matter, was actually backed by some very legitimate facts... I learned something.

    Are Part 15 Stations Considered "Radio Stations" By The FCC?

    One of the opposing views was "If this were true we'd be treated the same way with licensing, fees, logging requirements, etc. Sorry, but I have to respectfully disagree with that."

    The facts:
    If you are publicly broadcasting licensed, copyrighted music, regardless if yours is a licensed station, a Part 15 unlicensed station, or a bar room jukebox, you are required to obtain a license, pay the fees for the rights, and provide periodic logs (this is a touchy subject for some who disagree).

    For Part 15 stations, a license is obtainable from BMI at; The contract is predominately displayed on the right menu, entitled "BMI Part 15 Station Radio License".  It is a 5 page contract which you are required to fill out and return with payment.
    A few excerpts from the BMI Contract:

    Part 1C: "Part 15 radio broadcasting shall mean audio "over-the-air" broadcasting in all of it's forms that is exempt by the Federal Communications Commission under section... ..Part 15 radio broadcasting does not include internet, cable or other online transmissions"
    Part 3A: "The annual license fee for the  Term is $249 and is payable upon execution of this License Agreement..."
    Part 4: As long as Part 15 Radio Broadcaster is not in default or arrears in payment under this Agreement, BMI agrees to indemnify, save and hold harmless and to defend Part 15 Radio Broadcaster, its advertisers and their advertising agencies, it's officers, employees, and artist, from and against all claims, demands and suits that may be made or brought against them or any of them with respect to the public performance under this Agreement of any material licensed hereunder;..."
    Part 8: Upon reasonable notice, Part 15 Radio Broadcaster agrees to furnish BMI list and certain required information concerning its performances of all musical works on forms provided by BMI..."
    Direct link to contract in it's entirety here:

    OK, so that's all very well and good, but it doesn't answer the question;
    Are Part 15 Stations Considered "Radio Stations" By The FCC?
    So let's answer that..

    True, within the Part 15 rules and regulations, nowhere is our audio transmissions on the public AM and FM bands specifically referred as "radio stations".  The way the FCC does define our transmitters under Part 15 is "intentional radiators".
    However, it is just as accurate to define a licensed station as an "intentional radiator"; the primary difference is it that they have much more power, and thus require a license and more rules to abide by.
    Part15 - Call it intentional radiating, call it public broadcasting, or call it a radio station...
    A rose by any other name is still a rose.
    The point being that the terms "intentional radiator" and "transmitter" (as in radio stations) are interchangeable, so in that respect, it's clear, the FCC does indeed consider our operations as radio stations.

    It's also evident he FCC also considers ours as radio stations when they investigate the source of any form of unlicensed broadcast, they already know it's not licensed, so next they seek to determine whether its an illegal pirate, or a legal unlicensed part 15.
    Got it?.. Licensed, pirate, or legal unlicensed.. They're all public broadcasting facilities.. So clearly, again, the FCC does consider a Part 15 broadcast as a radio station.

    In most cases the NOUO's themselves state (in variations) the FCC's view of our operations as follows;
    "..The Commission's records show that no license was issued for operation of a broadcast station on [frequency] at this location.. The only exception to this licensing requirement is for certain transmitters using or operating at a power level that complies with the standards established in Part 15 of the Commission's rules,.."

    Now, lets take look at some other of the FCC's notices and bulletins, How do they define our Part 15 operations in this more public arena?..
    The answer is that the FCC repeatably refer to Part 15 operations as "radio stations" "radio facilities" and "broadcasters":

    A few examples:

    Low Power Broadcast Radio Stations (
    The Commission receives tens of thousands of inquiries annually from individuals and groups wishing to start a "low power" or "micro power" radio station for local broadcasts (AM or FM). The Audio Division has assembled this general information to answer some of the more commonly received questions on this subject....
    Unlicensed operation on the AM and FM radio broadcast bands is permitted for some extremely low powered devices covered under Part 15 of the FCC's rules.... etc. etc....... Presently, the maximum penalty for operating an unlicensed or "pirate" broadcast station (one which is not permitted under Part 15 or is not a Carrier Current Station) .....etc.... There are also criminal penalties (fine and/or imprisonment) for "willfully and knowingly" operating a radio station without a license.

    Here again, part15'ers are referred to as radio stations..:

      ( "...generally, in order to use or operate a radio station, the Communications Act requires that you first obtain a license by the FCC. There are certain limited exceptions. For example, .......the Commission has authorized the operation of certain low power radios pursuant to Part 15 of the Commission's Rules. Thus, operators of these radio facilities are not required to have individual licenses. However, these operators are required to operate their stations in a manner consistent with the Commission's operational and technical rules for those services.

    And again...

    "FCC's Inspection Fact Sheet"
    The Enforcement Bureau conducts inspections of radio installations as part of the Bureau's function to "[e]nforce the Commission's Rules and Regulations." 47 CFR 0.111(a).
    Both licensees and non-licensees must allow an FCC Agent to inspect their radio equipment. Along with the privilege of possessing a license come responsibilities such as knowing the applicable rules, including allowing the station to be inspected. Licensees should be aware of the Commission's right to inspect. Equally important, FCC Agents are allowed to inspect the radio equipment of non-licensees. Non-licensees include those individuals or entities operating in accordance with Part 15 of the Rules. Non-licensees also include those who should have a license to operate their equipment but have not obtained a license and are operating without authority.
    Radio equipment is generally used in a commercial setting (e.g., commercial broadcast station, land mobile station, commercial delivery service) or a residential setting (e.g., amateur, citizen's band (CB) radio). Home-based businesses may also operate radio stations. This fact sheet addresses inspection of radio stations in both the commercial and residential settings."

    And a little bit further down the same document in the Q&A section..

    Q: Well then, if I am a low-power broadcaster and don't have an FCC license, they need a search warrant, right?
    A: Wrong again. The FCC agents have the authority to inspect all radio equipment; even if you do not have a license, the FCC can still inspect your equipment. Section 03(n) of the Act gives the FCC the right to inspect all "stations required to be licensed." This language covers your low-power radio station. The FCC agents are inspecting the equipment, not searching your house.

    How may references does one need to be convinced that that the FCC considers Part 15 facilities as radio stations? If the FCC did not consider us as radio stations, they would not repeatably use the terminology while referencing our operations.

    I rest my case.

    By the way, you can read the original debate at:

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

    Shhhh..? Don't be quiet!

    Silence may  golden, but not when it comes to your radio broadcast.
    Few of us can be constantly present in the studio during all hours of operation; that's why we have automation software, but what happens if something goes wrong with the automation, and the music.. dies?..
    --DEAD AIR--
    That's no good, no one tunes in to listen to silence. addressed this issue, and have provided free of charge to anyone, including broadcasters, a free lightweight software solution. Just 1mb in size, the Pira CZ Silence Detector monitors your audio and takes the appropriate action to remedy any prolonged silence, should it occur.
    You set it to responded to a predetermined amount of time of silence, and select from the options to: play a backup mp3, load up another application or different program to play content, reboot Windows, email or text you an alert, even actually attach a screenshot of what's going on, and more.

    Pira CZ Silence Detector is a freeware application which guards presence of audio signal on recording line of PC sound card. If no sound is present for a specified time, pre-defined tasks are executed. This application is a perfect tool for any radio station where continuous audio is important. It's free also for commercial stations.
    Even if your broadcast automation system crashes or your radio link gets out, the Pira CZ Silence Detector will make the steps to repair it, switch to backup audio source and inform executive person. Don't be afraid of hours of silence anymore!
    Yes, in case you missed it, it's completely free! Simple and easy to use. Get yours now!

    Saturday, February 6, 2016

    Free Programing Sources for Part 15 Stations

    4Regardless of what kind of programming you air on your station, it could stand for a little diversity. But yours is probably amongst the majority of Part 15 crowd, whose station consist of little more than a one man (or woman) operation. The budget simply can not afford to purchase material from outside sources, or maintain a staff to produce it. You can only do so much on your own.. So what's a poor broadcaster to do??
    Here's a hellaofa selection that wont cost you a dime:
    All of the following programs have each been confirmed (as of  February 2016) by the originating sources as free-to-air programming for a part 15 hobby stations, providing their individual requirements are agreed to and followed. More programs are gradually being added as each become confirmed, so bookmark this page and check back periodically.. Eventually the categories to follow will be split into individual "sticky" category pages, as the list is getting long...

    Oh yeah - just of note; I was flattered to discover RadioWorld reported Part15LAB as having "a good collection of links" for LPFM stations: Radio World March 2016 - Free Programing
    I suspect most of your will highly favor this independent organization known as PNS or Public News Service. I prefer their 6 minute PNS Daily News broadcast, but there's also the option to compile specific region and topic segments to air.  Although PNS is entirely member-supported, and donations are encouraged, the founder of PNS, Lark Corbeil has granted Part 15 free use of their content as we please, as he has outlined in this email..

    1) you are welcome to use whatever you like, credit Public News Service and/but/however,
    2) it would make our fundraising work much, much easier if we KNEW who was using our content.
    Please, a favor, on your blog can you make a pitch for them asking to be invited to our private site for journalists/media that has lots more content - all for free?
    Action item:  Email with your
    name/frequency or if  they primarily radio or TV or online or print
    /contact info (email/phone/address)/estimated audience of whatever size/and what state/s you want to see content from, and you’ll be invited to that state/s’ private website to see content.
    About 8,000 outlets use our content now, and they are all welcome to it, but raising money is hard – and doing it the way I outlined ensures that we can keep creating the content to share.
    All the best, Lark

    Lark Corbeil
    Public News Service

    Reaching an audience of 50+ million a week, Public News Service is
    “producing and distributing quality news to fill the gap created by the shuttering of local news operations.” ~Journalist John Nichols, The Nation; cofounder of Free Press Boulder, Colorado
     303-448-9105 office
     208-247-1830 fax
    What We Do
    To support democracy and promote public dialogue in a rapidly changing media environment, Public News Service (PNS) is a member-supported news service that advocates journalism in the public interest. PNS's network of state-based news services distribute high quality public interest news and information to both mainstream and alternative media on a daily basis. Support comes from non-profit organizations, foundations, individuals and businesses for social responsibility.
    Our stories examine the effects of policy on areas that receive too little coverage, lifting up often marginalized voices and making greater journalistic breadth available to broadcasters and publishers on any platform.
    How We Do It
    On a day-to-day basis we link with hundreds of grassroots organizations who keep us informed on a cross-cutting range of social justice, environmental and economic issues. Currently, tens of thousands of media outlets receive our content and more than 8,000 nationally are regularly using our stories, reaching a combined national weekly audience of over 30 million.
     Media outlets across the map use Public News Service stories-from conservative news/talk to public, community, ethnic and religious outlets, on air, in print and on their online sites. Our television stories in Idaho are used consistently across the state. Spanish production is expanding across the country and our collaboration with Mainstream Media Project has excellent results. Scores of additional Spanish talk show interviews on related issues are booked across the country. Development plans for expansion include the remaining states, Canada and Mexico! In addition, we'll be producing complete news segments for other networks.
    Currently, we manage independent news services in 36 states.
    NEWS SOURCES cont.: 
    Here's a daily 15 minute newscast presented with just a touch of wit applied, but not to extent of making it a satire.. Buzz Burbank News and Comment. It's genuine news, current, legitimate, and thorough, but with a lively refreshing method of delivery. Buzz Burbank is a well known veteran broadcaster (more about Buzz here), and has granted Part 15 broadcaster rights to air his program..
    "..I’m pleased to hear you, and perhaps others, are interested in carrying my news on Part 15 stations, and permission is hereby granted with one condition:
    That the show be aired as presented, complete with commercials, promos and stagers.
    I would appreciate it VERY much, if you could supply me with the location and call letters of your station, and/or any others in your group that are airing, or planning to air, the show.
    We reserve the right to withdraw permission at any point, but do not anticipate such an event.
    Thank you for the kind words and good luck!

    Buzz Burbank News and Comment has been appointment radio for decades. Now, it's a podcast you can hear anytime! Buzz Burbank presents the day's big stories, presented from a unique perspective, and featuring stories you won't hear anywhere else! It's a daily journal from Buzz to make you feel the news, to make you laugh, and to make you think.
    This link will take you directly to his shows:
    The following link will take you indirectly there, but you can use the contact form to email Buzz Burbank News & Comment on the Relm Radio Network:!buzz-burbank-news/


    NEWS SOURCES cont.:
    Monday, March 7. Just got around to listening to this one. It had been suggested about a week and a half ago at in post from Carl Blare and wcdx, and I added it to the to-do list. It's unfortunate it wasn't listed right away. Has it's degree of polish, and a certain jewel worth broadcasting. It belongs on part 15 stations IMO...It's an compassing news:  The Shortwave Report. 

    The Shortwave Report Is a 30 minute review of news stories recorded from a shortwave radio. Times and frequencies for English-language programs are included to encourage you to listen on your own. It's easy. There is a new show posted every Friday morning, record it in mono!
    FREE TO REBROADCAST! Please notify.
    If you just want to listen and have a slow dial-up connection, try the smaller files. Small file downloads in 20 minutes or less!
    The Shortwave Report provides options of  'lower', 'broadcast', or 'highest broadcast' qualities. I've listened to three programs tonight via low quality 6mb selections, but the 33mb versions goes to air..

    Here's some excerpts from a 2006 article by Cassandra Roos  for a Emerson College publication entitled: Big Stories, Shortwaves -One man’s quest to get his news unfiltered.
    Read the full article here:
    We’ve all had moments of aggravation with the news offerings in this country, particularly as the mainstream media landscape becomes ever more consolidated. ....Progressives and curious people around the country want to get foreign news unfiltered. So how can ordinary people do this on the cheap? One option is shortwave radio. Until recently, I’d never heard of shortwave myself....But shortwave radio is sort of like the wild west of the dial. You can find anything on it.....
     To figure out where to start, check out OutfarPress: [(OutfarPress is Sortwave Report)].It's a short, summarized audio compilation of snippets of news from radio stations around the world. The programs are a mixed bag... is the project of Dan Roberts. Dan lives in a cabin which uses only solar energy in Mendocino County, California. He runs 65 feet of wire from one end of his house to the other and it is connected to a $1500 shortwave radio which can pick up stations from around the world...
    ...Roberts has been creating his shortwave reports for about eight years now and he has elaborate audio equipment in his cabin that allows him to record international broadcasts, edit them together and create his weekly rebroadcast called the Dan Roberts Shortwave radio report. His report is currently run on 50 licensed US radio stations, not including illegal pirate stations or international stations.

    Read the full article here:


    NEWS SOURCES cont.:
    A couple years ago I informed you about  The Voice Of America 5 Minute World News Broadcast; which is a professionally produced newscast which provides us permission to rebroadcast on our part 15 stations at no cost (providing you also have an online stream). []. So far as I know, VOA remains to be the only one of it's kind to offer this type of service for free, meaning an actual intact world news broadcast and it's a great option to add a little diversity to your programing. Contact Doug Boynton Director of Marketing at to initiate a  formal agreement.
    What I had received was a 'Basic Affiliate & Licensing Agreement' and a 'Declaration of Clearance' to fill out, sign and return via email. They do have a couple stipulations..
    1. You must (or so it seems) also have an online stream of your station that accessible worldwide.
    2. You must play the 5 minute broadcast in it's entirety.
    The following provides more specific information from Doug Boynton the Director of Marketing, excerpted from my correspondence with him, including the ok on Part 15 transmissions..
    "...Assuming your Internet radio station is intended for a worldwide audience, we can indeed make Voice of America’s hourly five-minute available to you at no charge. It’s a static URL that you can insert into your playlist Updated hourly, 24/7.I’ve attached the formal documents we’d need to execute in order to license your station to use our content... ... In order to get clearances at this end, can you tell me more about your proposed station – what kinds of content will it include; what audiences are you seeking?.. Questions, please feel free to get in touch... I understand your statement about simulcasting your internet and “on air” broadcast.  However, if I read your earlier e-mails correctly, the “on air” consists of Part 15 transmissions.  We don’t consider anything that’s not licensed as really “on air,” since the range is so short. If  you move to become a licensed station, we might have to have a different conversation. If this is okay with you, please let me know.  Otherwise, please keep us informed of your timetable to air, and welcome aboard!
    I’ll have a countersigned copy back to you shortly.
    All best. - Doug.

    Be sure to read my previous post about their free service to see the documentation you will be required to sign.

    NEWS SOURCES cont.:

    Project Censored is an excellent offering from Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, CA, having a current syndication in over 35 stations. The Project Censored program has now granted affiliate permission to Part 15 stations to rebroadcast to our local listeners.
    Thursday‎, ‎December‎ ‎15‎, ‎2016 -Thanks for reaching out. We'd be honored to be featured [on] your site, like what you're doing! [for higher bitrate versions]...we send out a Sendspace file for each show each week to our affiliates. Please link to our site -Let me know if I can help you along further, and please let me know when posted as we're on 36 stations around the US from Maui to NY.
    All best,
    I'm not sure I should classify this as a newscast, as it's really more of a commentary/talk program but it does cover current news and events, albeit in a much more indepth focused way..
     It is certainly a proffesional, informative, and well done program.
    Here's excerpts of info from their website:

    The Project Censored Show is a weekly public affairs program that airs Fridays from 1-2 P.M. Pacific time on KPFA Pacifica Radio. The program is an extension of the work Project Censored began in 1976 celebrating independent journalism while fighting media censorship and supporting a truly free press. The program focuses on The News That Didn’t Make the News. Each week, co-hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips conduct in depth interviews with their guests and offer hard hitting commentary on the key political, social, and economic issues of the day with an emphasis on critical media literacy. The program began broadcasting in 2010 and is nationally syndicated on over 35 stations.. ..We expose and oppose news censorship and we promote independent investigative journalism, media literacy, and critical thinking. An informed public is crucial to democracy in at least two basic ways.  First, without access to relevant news and opinion, people cannot fully participate in government.   Second, without media literacy, people cannot evaluate for themselves the quality or significance of the news they receive.  Censorship undermines democracy.

    Mickey Huff is director and co-host of the Project Censored Show. He is on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation, and currently professor of social science and co-chair of the history department at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay area, he teaches courses in the social sciences and US history with an emphasis on the recent past.  His special areas of focus include “Money, Power, and Politics” and “Critical Reasoning in History.”.
    Huff has been honored with a PEN literary award, and has been interviewed by NPR, PBS, ABC, Pacifica, The New York Times Co., Russia Today (RT TV), Progressive Radio Network, Republic Broadcasting, and many other commercial and independent news media outlets. He has been a lecturer at numerous colleges, and speaks regularly at venues across the US on issues of censorship, propaganda, media literacy, and historiography.
    Huffs work has appeared in numerous academic journals and books and online sites.  He testified as an expert at the Kent State Truth Tribunal in New York City in 2010 and has been an outspoken advocate for addressing historical inaccuracies in the Kent State shootings of 1970 as well as many other events in the recent past.  Huff  is also a musician and composer of over twenty-five years.  He lives with his family in northern California. []

    Peter Phillips is president, co-host, and previous director (1997-2010) of the Project Censored show. He is a professor Sociology at Sonoma State University, and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, earned a B.A. degree in Social Science from Santa Clara University, an M.A. degree in Social Science from California State University at Sacramento, and a second M.A. in Sociology. Phillips currently teaches classes in Investigative Sociology, Sociology of Power, Political Sociology, Sociology of Conspiracies and Sociology of Media.
    Phillips has published fourteen editions of Censored: Media Democracy in Acton from Seven Stories Press. Also from Seven Stories Press he is an editor for Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006), and hundreds of written pieces on socio-political issues in popular press, such as Z magazine, Free Inquiry, Counterpunch, Common Dreams, Buzzflash, Dissident Voice, Social Policy,and Briarpatch. He frequently speaks on media censorship and various socio-political issues on radio and TV talks shows including Talk of the Nation,Air America, Talk America, World Radio Network, Flashpoints, and the Jim Hightower Show.. Phillips continues to contribute scholarly articles to the annual Project Censored book and other publications. []

    Andy Lee Roth is associate director of Project Censored. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at Haverford College. Roth has published research on communities organizing for urban parklands (in the journal City & Community), journalists’ questioning of electoral candidates (Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics), public commentary on federal tobacco control legislation (Social Studies of Science), and social interaction in broadcast news interviews (Language in Society and Media, Culture & Society). His current work focuses on the importance of a free press for democratic self-government and the ways that corporate news media narrow the scope of legitimate public debate. He teaches sociology at Sonoma State University and the College of Marin. []

    NEWS SOURCES cont.:
    Here's another excellent news source offering.. An summary of each weeks news events are presented by this well established nationally syndicated half hour news magazine, which you've probably heard on radio before; It's the award winning Between the Lines, which has been broadcasting current events throughout the country since 1998. Presently their weekly program airs on over 70 stations across the US and Canada. If you would like to add them to your lineup on Part 15 station, you may do so freely by just visiting their affiliates page at to get started...
    "..Once you let us know you are interested in broadcasting Between The Lines, we will send you a registration form. Your registration allows us to provide you with last-minute updates for Between The Lines, as well as information on special programming and BTL affiliate discounts on fundraising premiums. We will also send you invitations to join our listservs for the BTL Weekly Summary and BTL Q&A transcripts. "
    Between The Lines is a weekly syndicated half-hour news magazine featuring progressive perspectives on national and international political, economic and social issues.
    Because Between The Lines is independent of all publications, media networks or political parties, we are able to bring a diversity of voices to the airwaves. This award-winning program provides a platform for individuals and organizations generally ignored or marginalized in corporate media.
    Each week, Between The Lines features:
    • A five-minute summary of some of the week's under-reported news stories gathered from the alternative press and other sources.
    • Three in-depth interview segments focusing on significant international, national and regional issues.
    We produce the show weekly. Each week's program, which carries a "Week Ending" date of Friday of the following week, is ready for download by 12 noon ET Wednesday in the week in which it is produced. Each show is available for rebroadcast for ten days from the date it is first made available.
    So what are you waiting for? Visit their affiliates page now:


    NEWS SOURCES cont.: Here is another one, which again, is not really a newscast, but until I create a separate category to better classify it, I'm going to list it as such...

    The ever enjoyable The Stuph File program (pronounced 'Stuff File') hosted by veteran broadcaster Peter Anthony Holder; "Hey there, hi there, ho there.." The program begins with audio of the familiar and retro 'peacock' NBC intro "The following program is brought to you in living color.." then a few moments previewing the episode and guest you are about to hear. Next comes a 5 minute newscast of odd-but-true news stories from around the US. (and sometimes beyond). And then the show continues for the rest of the hour with interviews of the featured guests and whatever the topics on hand may be.  During the span of each episode there are also several more inserts of brief oddball/true newscast, idiots of the day, a few psa's, and brief retro tv theme clips scattered throughout the program. It's a very entertaining show - and I don't mean goofy or silly - it's a genuinely interesting presentation which I believe any audience would take pleasure in.

    An eclectic program that's a mix of interesting interviews and odd news.. Guests I've had the pleasure to talk to in 20 years of hosting a late night radio show include the likes of Star Trek's George Takei; Steve Allen, the first host of The Tonight Show; Burt Ward, Batman's original Robin; Buddy Ebsen; the legendary Carol Channing; astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon; Lindsay Wagner, The Bionic Woman; Cloris Leachman; Karl Malden; Peter Bogdanovich; Gilligan himself, Bob Denver and more. In addition to celebrities there have also been some decidedly quirky guests too. That tradition continues with The Stuph File as I offer up a variety of guests and a myriad of topics, such as science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer; Academy Award winning actor George Chakiris from West Side Story; actress Yvette Nicole Brown from NBC's Community; actress Michael Learned, from The Waltons; actor/comic Tom Arnold and civil rights activist and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young.  Plus a man who has Hitler's toilet; a professional juggler; a guy who trains llamas to be golf caddies; the founder of the Church of Jediism and more! Join me and become part of The Stuph File Nation!
    Dec 18, 2016 - Thanks for reaching out. Yes, you have my permission.  The only stipulation I need is that those who air it have to let me know where it’s airing and what time it’s airing.  Also any idea of the numbers of what any potential audience for the show might be. The completed show is available on my website, blog, Stitcher, and also just to name a few locations.  I hope that’s enough information for you.
    Peter Anthony Holder
    Host: The Stuph File Program 


    NEWS SOURCES cont.: Here is a very well done and professional sounding world news broadcast CPR NEWS which tends to focus more on reporting on communities around the world, as well as the United States involvement or relation to the happenings there. Along with todays broadcast, you can go to for on-demand downloads to schedule them to your liking.. The CPR Metro Network also provides daily broadcast of varied individual news related programs with their own styles (like CPR  WEEKDAY WORLD w/Don DeBar, WAKEUP CALL w/Bernard White, CUTTING EDGE w/Dred Scot-Keyes, INTERCHANGE w/Douglas Storm, and several more... Listen and view the scheduled times of these news programs at .
    Community Progressive Radio ( is a non-profit, community-based, multi-media organization created to remedy the lack of media attention devoted to critical issues affecting our lives.. provides a forum for a wide range of topics in a constant attempt to expose the truth. We use all the media technology available to us to provide our diverse communities with a media organization that can be relied on to give voice to its interests.
    Over the past few years, we've identified a trend in so called progressive media towards fewer informed community voices discussing community issues. In response to the steady decrease in the coverage of community issues, we offer this important forum.
    Message from CPRmetro@gmail.. "..Assumtion correct. We also do a daily 30 min newscast which we park at - please share!



    NEWS SOURCES cont.: This news source was discovered by Bob Felmly (Mram) from, and has been confirmed as Part15 friendly for rebroadcast.
    The Republic Broadcasting Network, or RBN.
    Here's some info about their programming which I gleamed over from their website.. You can access their broadcast via internet stream or by satellite.. or even via a free telephone stream through the services of ZenoRadio (ZenoRadio featured in a previous post here) Incidentally, RBN was awarded as "ZenoRadio Top Broadcaster".
    The Republic Broadcasting Network currently carries over two dozen programs for you to choose from. Here's just a few examples:
    Incendiary Radio with Robert Reyolt
    The NutriMedical Report w/Dr. Bill Deagle
    Parkers Pathways w/Dr. Winn Parker
    Your Voice Counts w/Phil Tourney
    What Really Happened w/Michael Rivero
    Healing w/Jennifer Daniels

    and many others.. RBN also provides archived downloads of the many programs they carry.

    Real News. Real Talk. Real People. Because you CAN handle the Truth.
    Alternative News 24/7. We talk about news that the mainstream won't touch.
    "Republic Broadcasting Network is a pioneer of the alternative media, founded by John Stadtmiller in 2004. Our roots in the alternative media run deep, and go back to Republic Radio International.
    RBN programming is available at no charge (on a barter basis) to affiliates. We don’t ask for restrictive or complicated affidavits from our affiliates, nor do we try to contract stations into long commitments ..
    Affiliate Benefits:
    RBN is already broadcasting nationwide and will promote your station to the listeners in your area. RBN programming receives calls from all over the country, including your market. This gives you a ready-made audience that is willing to support your local advertisers.
    RBN offers Promotional support for any station that carries our programming. This includes:
    ◦Fully produce liners and promos
    ◦RBN will provide a web link to any station website that carries RBN programming, to drive traffic. As well as an announcement on the networks homepage.
    ◦RBN offers 24-hour support for feed related problems. Our engineering staff is on call 24×7 to ensure a trouble free feed.
    For more information or to affiliate with the Republic Broadcasting Network, please call (toll free) John Stadtmiller 800.724.2719 ext. 3 or email RBN Staff
    A few listener reviews:
    "The network of host who awakened me, educated me and continue to inform me of the truth however unpopular or distasteful it may be. Once you learn the truth of who and what runs this country, you never read a newspaper or look at the TV news or programming without knowing and recognizing the lies and intention to misdirect the reader or viewer from knowing the truth. RBN must survive to provide the valuable information needed to make informed opinions and educate others in the effort to restore The Republic and terminate the false democracy we find ourselves in today here in America. Support RBN with your generous monthly donation. It's the best investment you'll ever make in yours, your children, grandchildren etc. lives!!" --Craig Williams
    "Most truthful radio out there in my opinion. I've been awake and aware for well over 25 years and there isn't much if anything out there even close to RBN..." --Tom Cudney
    "Only if you can handle the truth! Nowhere else is it spread with such integrity as Republic Broadcasting" --Joseph Leroy
    "For perhaps the best non-establishment media internet news and information site called Republic Broadcasting Network, FB subscribers may not find a comparable internet source of such quality and integrity for informing patriotic Americans of important issues facing the country. RBN news includes coverage of existential threats from the NWO agenda which have compromised American interests and values. RBN should be visited by FB friends at least, to evaluate this time-proven news and information portal." --Robyna Choleton



    NEWS SOURCES cont.: SRN NEWS --I haven't actually familiarized with this newscast yet, and am only placing it here now to remind me to come back to it after I contact them and gain some firsthand knowledge.. However, it has been confirmed free for Part 15 broadcasters by Mighty1650 at So for the meantime, for more information visit: .



    NEWS SOURCES cont.: While this next one is not exactly a news broadcast, it is still a news source... NewsInfusion is a compilation of news bytes from an apparent variety of sources. They tend to average about 2 minutes long, are individually dated by time of release, and hav an essence of PSAs.. but not quite.. What they are is interesting and entertaining
    By scrolling through the ample variety of clips, you can pick, choose and compile together whatever you want to air.. Thus, perhaps the name...
    "  is a free multimedia sharing portal for viewing or downloading professionally-produced news and informational audio and video content. NI allows  both general users and professional journalists to choose from up to ten video and five different audio formats, including broadcast-quality SD and HD and even an international PAL format. In addition to our featured audio and video selections, almost all of our standard or customized pages offer the added ability to view and download additional assets such as text, graphs, files, images, logos and additional video and audio clips. NI is the most content and feature-rich site of its kind and purpose-built to allow journalists, consumers, bloggers, content editors, producers, and news gatherers or web users of all kinds to browse, download, share and even broadcast these assets.  The content and materials posted on NI are available for the free and unrestricted use of broadcast news entities and the general public.


    NEWS SOURCES cont.: This one, similar to the above, also not actually a compleate news broadcast, but another compilation of audio news content, and they've apparently been around a long time,,. From The North American Network is the "--The  Original Internet Source For Radio Content--"  RADIOSPACE
    You can sort it by the following story topics, making it easier to pick what kind of content you'd like to use: Consumer, Business & General Interest, - Current Events & Public Affairs, - Entertainment & Sports, and Health & Medicine. Each category provides a ample selection of frequently updated material with a brief description and a link to the audio for download. You also have an option to subscribe to email you updates of current schedules.
    RadioSpace™ is maintained by North American Network, Inc., a radio broadcasting agency that provides news and programming services to radio stations and organizations.  Programming is sponsored by the corporations, government agencies, associations, and non-profit organizations who are identified in the program notes and scripts. 
    All information contained on RadioSpace is provided to radio stations and networks for their free and unrestricted use.
    You can request to be a weekly NewsDirect subscriber.  Subscriptions are accepted from radio stations, networks and program suppliers.  As a subscriber, you will automatically receive e-mail copies of the NewsDirect broadcast schedule each week--and at no charge whatsoever.  We may also alert you to programming and interview opportunities not included in the NewsDirect broadcast schedule.


    Another great addition to your station, which provides a humanitarian service to your audience is to periodically air Public Service Announcements throughout the day. There's a whole wealth of national PSA's readily available for download for free, which you can add to your programing, which are permissible, and encouraged to broadcast on part 15 stations. They can also be used for filler, or you could even automate a large variety of PSA's back to back all night long..
    My favorite source:
    The Ad Council PSA Central
    The site is well categorized and easy to browse.
    "The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization that is the nation's leading producer and distributor of public service advertising (PSAs), addressing some of the most critical social issues in America today. With your support, Ad Council PSAs have been raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives for more than 70 years."

    PSA's cont.: 
    The NAB also provides "Broadcast-Ready Radio and Television Public Service Announcements and Campaign Collateral" at . I was not familiar with this particular resource, but it was recently mentioned at, so decided to include it here on this list..

    PSA's cont.:
    Profile America's audio features are daily, 60-second vignettes from key events, observances or commemorations for that day to highlight information collected by the Census Bureau. For more information call 301-763-3030 or email For questions regarding production, contact Richard Reed at 301-763-2812 or
    Note: These features can be heard or downloaded in the mp3 format.

    PSA's cont.:
    Another useful source of Public Service Announcements is the PSA Library  They categorize; National, State, Organization, along with other Categories.
    "These PSAs are free for your unrestricted use on broadcast media and associated web sites.."

    PSA's cont.: A handy resource to better manage your PSA's is provided by PSAdirector:
    psadirector™is a free public service advertising download and management application.
    IMPORT your own digital assets; from your local non-profits or charities as well as from other PSA download centers to provide you with one place to manage your rotation. Add your own tags to be able to pull them up for future airings.
    SEARCH top quality, preloaded PSA campaigns from a variety of organizations. Search by time of year, month, and holiday or cause just to name a few. Sort your search by SD or HD or just TV or Radio or both. Look for files by file type, or length.
    PREVIEW the spots quickly in 2 possible sizes. See quick campaign and organization descriptions. Quickly see ISCI or AD-ID, expirations dates and evergreen campaigns.
    MANAGE your imported campaigns and psadirector™ downloaded PSAs in your own file management system.
    SHARE your assets through an email link, or send them directly to your stations FTP.
    REPORT your activity by emailing, downloading a PDF or downloading a CSV (for excel type databases) with the click of a button. Quickly sort your downloaded PSAs by column and instantly scan you assets for upcoming expiration dates. Know when you added an asset to your files.
    LEAVE NOTES OR INSTRUCTIONS. You can leave notes, instructions or any communication on an asset with those you share your files with.

    ROTATION HELP. Don’t know which campaigns to download? Check out the curated quarterly rotations based on appropriate campaigns for time of year.


    Here is a most excellent and exceptional talk program, the general topic of which is best described in the name of this 30 minute show; Radio Curious - Each episode is of a single topic theme, in interview form with host and producer Barry Vogel, and  a  guest, who is intensely familiar with the subject at hand.. Although the original airings span over a period of almost 30 years to present, the programs do not suffer any kind of a dated feel, in other words, they age well with time and sound as fresh and interesting as if they were produced yesterday. With over 600 episodes to choose from, which are organized into numerous appropriate categories, you are certain to have no difficulty finding an excess of fascinating selections to air on your station for a long, long time to come
    Welcome to the 26th year of Radio Curious, over 600 half hour interviews on a curiously wide array of topics concerning life and ideas.  These programs are a gift to you from Radio Curious host and producer Barry Vogel.  He started Radio Curious in 1991, to expand the work he began in 1974 as an Attorney and Counselor in Ukiah, California, the Mendocino County seat, located about 110 miles north of San Francisco, California.
    All programs are free for anyone to enjoy, download, copy, share or rebroadcast as you wish.  Please credit Radio Curious and let us know what you like about the program.  There are several hundred more editions that are in the upload queue.  If you are a station that airs Radio Curious or a listener please let us know so we can add you to our announcement list when we have specials and take vacations. Contact us at
    "..Thank you for noticing.  I do appreciate you kind characterization of my effort...  I look forward to hearing from you.
    Barry Vogel
    Radio Curious Host and Producer
    Attorney, Counselor, Mediator and Inventor
    280 N. Oak Street
    Ukiah, California 95482
    707 462 6541
    TALK RADIO cont.: Want some more good talk radio content for your part 15 station? Here's a free offering you wouldn't expect. Big name personalities, quality programs, and varied topics. All you have to do is fill out their simple online affiliate agreement, and you're set to go..
    Genesis Communications Network has a completely different business model; offering original live and delay content to stations for no cost. Genesis Communications Network is confident that you, the program director and station owners can deliver great programming to their audiences and take advantage of local inventory in their markets.
    •All Genesis Communications Network Programming is free.
    •Stations can carry what they want, when they want.
    •Genesis Communications Network does not bundle programming.
    •Allows preemption and can use programming as temporary filler.
    •Does not ever require affidavits.
    •No monthly contracts.

    TALK RADIO cont.:

    This featured selection under our 'Talk and Entertainment' category was granted and added on December 25, 2018. What better time to receive a gift! It is one of my favorites. It's a very unique and entertaining offering.
    The Radio8Ball Show has a fun premise; We have the host, a musical guest, and a one question... What that question is, might come from a phone-in caller, or someone visiting right there in the studio..

    The answer to the question is revealed through the assistance of synchronicity, via a spin of the wheel, flip of a coin, or the turn of a card..

    That determines the song the musical guest performs live, usually acoustically, right there in the studio as the answer to the question which was asked.

    Discussion ensue on how that synchronicity-selected song related to the question which had been asked.

    There are also several special tribute episodes to famous old school artist like Joni Michell, Tom Petty, Harry Nilsson and The Posies.

    The show always begins with the same theme song (written by Andras Jones), with each musical guest performing there own version so it always sounds different.

    Here's a sample of one version (from the Nilsson tribute) which I particularly like, there's another that I thought kind of sounds like the Beatles, and plenty of other cool renditions of it...
    The lyrics explain the show: 


    I'll have more to say about this show in my blog, but for now let's move on to airing it on your own stations.. After several communications with Andras Jones (Pronounced On-Dross Joe-n's) the creator and host of Radio8Ball, concerning making the show freely available to broadcast, he ultimately granted the rights with only the following stipulations:

    "...I'm totally down (with these provisions):
    1. Stations can download the podcasts without my help
    2. Stations get in touch with me before they start broadcasting the shows and keep me informed about changes to the broadcast schedule
    3. I'd like to approve the language and artwork on our listing before it goes live
    4. Note: The podcast is rated "explicit" due to the occassional shit or fuck but most of the shows are FCC clean.

    It took me a little time to get my head around what you're doing but now that I get it (I hope) I think it's very cool and am honored to be invited.

    Andras Jones"

    *Allow me to mention here that I've already listened to a good number of the episodes and as of yet have not noticed any use of explicit language, but you'll have to take it upon yourself to give an episode prior review before airing. I have more to say about this show but that will be in one of my blog post. For now, here's a text copy overview history of the Radio8Ball show: 

    Below is from a text copy describing Radio8Ball as provided by the creator and host of the show. Don't forget you can click any of the images to get a closer look.
    RADIO8BALL: Questions Answered. Answers Questioned.

    Radio8Ball is a musical divination format created by Andras Jones in which questions are answered by picking songs at random and interpreting the musical synchronicity of the experience. Currently, Radio8Ball is a daily podcast distributed by Starburns Audio and hosted by Andras Jones. Radio8Ball features live songwriters lik Inara George, Allen Toussaint, Jon Auer, Myra Flynn, The Essex Green, Mary Lou Lord performing and interpreting their songs as the "Pop Oracle" answers to questions from celebrity guests like John Trudell,  John C. Reilly, Tig Notaro, Patricia Arquette, Rae Dawn Chong & Viggo Mortensen.

    Radio8Ball began on the airwaves at KAOS FM at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where the dream seminars led by his father, Richard M. Jones, formed the philosophical underpinnings of what would become his son's creation. Radio8Ball ran on KAOS from 1998 to 2008 at which point events took place at the station which are detailed in Andras' book
    "Accidental Initiations: In The Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia" from Sync Book Press, that changed the trajectory of the evolution of the format. What followed was 5 years of live theatrical productions of Radio8Ball in Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Joshua Tree and Olympia and eventually, what we consider to be its natural home, as a daily podcast.

    There is a Radio8Ball app which, as of this writing, is only available to Android users. Coming soon to iTunes. The R8B app welcomes listeners to ask a question and shake their phone which generates a randomly chosen song from the over 1800 tracks recorded over the history of Radio8Ball. These include famous folks and wonderful unknowns, as well as Andras Jones's own music (which falls somewhere between these two poles). The app also features the daily podcast and allows listeners to shuffle through the entire catalog. It's free. We invite you to give it a shake.
    Visit Radio8Ball at:
     To include the RadioBall Show in your programming contact Andras Jones at:


    TALK RADIO cont.: Here's a well established, one hour weekly program. Basically an interview based talk show which focuses on environmental issues. RADIO ECOSHOCK SHOW hosted by Alex Smith It's definitely a well done, interesting, and worthy addition for your station. Professionally produced in Vancouver, Canada, with contributing correspondents in Washington, San Francisco, and London. The vast majority of the listening audience and the stations from which it airs reside in the US. A helpful guide for easily integrating this show into your program schedule. as well as an archive of past programs are provided on their companion site at
    Latest science, authors, issues - from climate change, oceans, forests, pollution, peak oil, the economy, and peace. Ready for re-broadcast... As heard on over 85 college & community radio stations on 3 continents.. Free to any non-profit station. The main thrust of the program is to help create a better environment, safe for all coming generations. Listeners hear a lot about climate change, the oceans, safe food production, toxics, living forests and the like.  Climate change is our largest single issue. Secondarily, we also cover related issues like the fossil fuel supply system, including peak oil, dangerous nuclear accidents, drilling and mining safety, and the impact of dwindling or dirty fuel supplies on our daily lives. Very rarely, we cover serious financial problems and our personal economy, especially when it endangers switching to safer energy options, or endangers the environment. And in case the situation fails, we also provide help with self-reliance, localization, transition, healthy eating, and food storage. 


    Here's some great 90 second short content breaks from the National Science Foundation..  Features like: The Discovery Files, Imagine That, Brain Radio, Bill Nye, Will Scott, and more all present topics about the world of science in a minute and a half time!
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950.. NSF's goals--discovery, learning, research infrastructure and stewardship--provide an integrated strategy to advance the frontiers of knowledge, cultivate a world-class, broadly inclusive science and engineering workforce and expand the scientific literacy of all citizens,... We like to say that NSF is "where discoveries begin."
    ..NSF's mission is support for science and engineering education, from pre-K through graduate school and beyond. The research we fund is thoroughly integrated with education to help ensure that there will always be plenty of skilled people available to work in new and emerging scientific, engineering and technological fields, and plenty of capable teachers to educate the next generation... No single factor is more important to the intellectual and economic progress of society, and to the enhanced well-being of its citizens, than the continuous acquisition of new knowledge. NSF is proud to be a major part of that process. www,nsf,gov
    Images and other media in the National Science Foundation  Multimedia Gallery are available for use in print and electronic material by NSF employees, members of the media, university staff, teachers and the general public. All media in the gallery are intended for personal, educational and nonprofit/non-commercial use only. Images credited to the National Science Foundation, a federal agency, are in the public domain. The images were created by employees of the United States Government as part of their official duties or prepared by contractors as "works for hire" for NSF. You may freely use NSF-credited images and, at your discretion, credit NSF with a "Courtesy: National Science Foundation" notation.


    SCIENCE BREAK cont.: This one is really special. It's more than just a science program, it almost feels like an adventure.. But no, it doesn't have a storyline or plot, it's just a weekly scientific presentation with spoken word, covering the facts of whatever each episode's topic may be.
    That might not sound particularly inviting; but once you give it a listen, you'll feel the invitation to explore.
    Ok, not sure what the hell I just said, maybe Big Picture Science can explain it to you.
    The Big Picture Science radio show and podcast engages the public with modern science research through lively and intelligent storytelling. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull. The only dry thing about our program is the humor.
    Big Picture Science takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style... Our one-hour radio magazine reveals science as an adventure.
    But wait! There’s more!
    Are you a doubting Thomas? Good. Join us as we separate science from pseudoscience - and facts from the phony - in Skeptic Check, our monthly episode devoted to critical thinking...

    Barbara Vance
    Production Assistant

    Thanks for wanting to include us in your Part 15 information!  ..– we provide Big Picture Science free of charge to all US public stations.  We would be very happy for you to spread the word about our show, and get our program out to some new listeners.
    Seth Shostak
    Host and Producer,
    Senior Astronomer,
    SETI Institute
     The broadcast version of our show is 54:00 each week, including the billboard, music bed, and 2 floating breaks between our three interview segments.  Our program is available on PRSS Content Depot, PRX, and AudioPort.  We also provide .wav and .mp3 audio files of the broadcast version on our anonymous ftp site ( There are subfolders for “lf mp3” and “lf wav” where the audio is uploaded weekly, and another folder for the music files that do not change (at least not very often).
    Molly Bentley
    Executive Producer
     and Co-Host
    We recommend using this resource rather than downloading the podcast, which is of variable length and contains ads. The files on the ftp site have the same filenames each week to simplify automating the process.  I can provide detailed instructions for ftp if desired.  The ftp site also houses a list of all guests since 2010 and a quarterly listing of the topics covered by the episodes in that time period.
    Please let us know if you need any other information about the program, and if you hear anything back from your community.
    Gary Niederhoff
    Oh, I did forget to mention that we do like to hear from carrying stations, so we know where we are being heard and so we can acknowledge them on our website, on the Listening Options page  So that and requesting permission before making any edits to the program are our only requirements.
    We do provide a :30 promo for each episode, and can create a custom :30 promo for each station who desires one, if they provide us with the slot and their tagline.
    Barbara Vance
    Big Picture Science
    SETI Institute
    If you are a station that would like to broadcast Big Picture Science, or would like more information about the program, email us at, or call Barbara Vance at 650-960-4531.
    Big Picture Science is supported in part by Sami David, Rena Shulsky David, and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Skeptic Check is presented thanks to a generous donation from the Trimberger Family Foundation.

    is a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast covering the shift to social, environmental, and economic sustainability.

    I really like this shows style, and knew it the first moments of ever hearing it. It's 30 minutes and straight forward in it's presentations and professionally done. But don't misunderstand, it's not dry in the least, each episode focuses on a single topic theme and usually consist of interviews with specialist, and the discussions convey how the topic has direct relationships to you, me, the industry and the world in general. Scattered throughout the program are bits and pieces of music and performances which add a nice touch of liveliness or poignancy. I like this one, and it feels like it's shorter than the half hour it is. Here's how they describe themselves:

    Sea Change Radio, the primary project of Sea Change Media, is a weekly show covering the shifts to social, environmental, and economic sustainability.  Sea Change Radio is nationally syndicated and podcast globally.  Launched in January 2009, the show evolved from Corporate Watchdog Radio, founded by Bill Baue and Sanford Lewis in 2005.  Francesca Rheannon joined the CWR team in 2007 as Lewis phased out. Alex Wise took over as Host and Executive Producer in May of 2010.
    ◾Sea Change Advisory Board
    ◾Alex Wise | Executive Producer/Host
    ◾Bill Baue | Co-Founder & Contributor
    ◾Francesca Rheannon | Co-Founder & Contributor
    ◾Moira De Nike | Associate Producer
    ◾Bill Weye | Web Dude
    ◾Jason Gehman | Strategic Partnerships
    ◾Cimbria Badenhausen | Climate Correspondent

    Sea Change Radio has been confirmed free to air and Part 15 friendly, and you and your listening audience should find it interesting, informative, and despite it's seriousness, enjoyable.

    From: Alex Wise
    Sent: ‎Tuesday‎, ‎February‎ ‎21‎, ‎2017 ‎
    ...You are free to air Sea Change Radio in any format you'd like! If you get a chance to let us know what affiliates broadcast the show through your network, that would be great and we will add it to our Affiliates page. Thanks!
    Alex Wise
    Sea Change Radio

    SCIENCE BREAK cont.:

    Our regular Science and the Sea TM radio program presents marine science topics in an engaging two-minute story format. Our script writers gather ideas for the radio program from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute's researchers and from our very popular college class, Introduction to Oceanography, which we teach to hundreds of non-science majors at The University of Texas at Austin every year. Our radio programs are distributed at to commercial and public radio stations across the country.

    Science and the SeaTM is a production of The University of Texas Marine Science Institute on the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas, Texas.The University of Texas Marine Science Institute began conducting research in 1946 and is the oldest marine laboratory in Texas. Some of the world's premiere marine scientists are based here and their research spans the globe..

    SCIENCE BREAK cont.:

    I'm entering this as a placeholder  for the moment until I can get back to it, as I have just discovered this program a few hours ago after a forum member had briefly mentioned it.. I'll say more about it later, my initial impression is that's it delightful! But for now here the information as provided from her website:
    The Loh Down on Science is your daily humorous yet informative syndicated radio science minute, available locally or via this website. Created in 2005 by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and KPCC (89.3 FM in Los Angeles) and hosted by humorist and Caltech physics grad Sandra Tsing Loh,
     The Loh Down on Science is currently co-produced by LDOS Media Lab, Inc. and SCPR (Southern California Public Radio), with the generous support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Bringing science to a wide audience with humor and insight, LOL (Laugh Out Loud) + OH (aha!) = LOH.
    For Radio Stations
    Thanks for airing The Loh Down on Science. Together we will raise the public’s science IQ by a few points!
    Stations wishing to air The Loh Down on Science:
    1. Must carry the program in its entirety including the sponsor tag line.
    2. Must not modify the program in any way.
    3. Must not archive the program on their Web site. It is archived at and eventually will also be available on this site. Websites and stations may link to those archived programs.
    By filling out the information below, you agree to the above requirements.
    If you select “FTP” as your preferred distribution method, we will send you the login information for the portal once we have your contact information.

    Also under review..
    Pulse of the planet
    Each weekday, the Pulse of the Planet radio series provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.
    RADIO STATIONS wishing to broadcast Pulse of the Planet register here.
    Pulse of the Planet is available FREE to qualified stations for broadcast each month, with support from the National Science Foundation.
    All stations interested in broadcasting Pulse of the Planet should contact us at:

    Travelers In The Night is your unique source of insider information from the Asteroid Hunting and Space Communities. It features an engaging and informative series of two minute audio programs about asteroids, comets, spacecraft and other objects in space. The pieces are "evergreen" in that they are current but not dated.
    The Travelers In The Night Pieces are written and produced by an observing member of the Catalina Sky Survey Team at the University of Arizona.
    The Catalina Sky Survey has discovered nearly half of the Earth approaching objects known to exist.
    Radio Stations, Travelers In The Night is available free of charge on CDs or via Google Drive by emailing nmcanopus at
    332 are published on Public Radio Exchange.

    SCIENCE BREAK cont.:
    This next science program I'm listing a bit prematurely, as a license agreement is currently in-route to me via postal mail (that's just the way they wish to do it) from the University of Cambridge in the U.K, from which where the show originates. I have been a big fan of this program for years, and at one time had the part 15 rights to rebroadcast lined up, but it somehow slipped away. However a recent reprise of correspondence appears very promising, and I'll provide the full details here as soon as I receive it.
    But for now, check out the Naked Scientist Podcast, It's a brilliant show. I'm only listing it now to wet your appetite; But let it be clear, at this particular moment: you can not yet air this program on your part 15 station until the permissions are confirmed, so please stand by for complete details..
    Based at Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education (ICE), the Naked Scientists are a team of scientists, doctors and communicators whose passion is to help the general public to understand and engage with the worlds of science, technology and medicine. Launched in 2001, the Naked Scientists was one of the first podcasts to exist and is now one of the world's most popular science shows, achieving over 40 million programme downloads in the last 5 years.
    Working with broadcasters internationally including the BBC, the ABC (Australia), Primedia (South Africa), Talk Radio Europe and Radio New Zealand, the professional audiovisual media created by the Naked Scientists team is syndicated globally to audiences exceeding a million people worldwide each week.

    Alongside our mission to deliver scientific reporting and entertainment of the highest calibre and standard, through our internship programme we have also created a training environment to develop and nurture the talents and skills of other early-career communicators.Over the last ten years our team has won 9 national and international awards for science communication, including recognition in the Science Council's 100 leading UK practising scientists, and the award of the Royal Society's 2008 Kohn Medal.

    Also see: The Radio Ecoshock Show under the "talk" category above.
                          And the BITE show from Mother Jones under "Food" category below..

    I was intrigued when I heard the teaser trailer (listen below) to Mother Jones upcoming new podcast a few weeks ago, and now, at the time of this writing they have completed their first two episodes (available via their RSS feed at, and also available via  iTunes .  I think it's a great program, but I'm not sure sure how to categorize it!.. It's not a cooking or recipe show... Not really an agriculture show either.. No, BITE is probally best categorized under "Science".. I guess,.. maybe,.. perhaps not... perhaps so.. not sure yet, so let's just categorize it here under food!..
    Indeed, Mother Jones has delved into food and agriculture's thornier topics for decades. We've taken full advantage of our tagline of "smart, fearless journalism" to expose the nut industry's voracious thirst, observe fast-food's sway on nutrition policy, illuminate the environmental toll of snacks' excessive packaging, and examine the industry cover-up of sugar's health risks. And now, we're excited to take this knack for no-bullshit reporting to a brand new medium: Bite podcast.

    Bite is a podcast for people who think hard about their food. In each biweekly episode, my co-hosts Tom Philpott and Kiera Butler and I will interview a writer, scientist, farmer, or chef to uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate. We'll help you digest the major food news of the week. We're interested in how your food intersects with other important topics like identity, social justice, health, corporate influence, and climate change.

    Don't worry—we'll have some fun, too. We're happy to indulge in some full-on foodie-ism from time to time. (Check out our recipes for wine-braised short ribs and cranberry salsa.) We'll reflect on the weirdest things our guests have eaten as of late. And we'll try to solve your food mysteries—especially if you get in touch with us on Twitter or Facebook, or by sending an email to
    Subscribe to Bite on iTunes or via our RSS, and get ready for our first episode, which will drop very soon. We hope you're hungry.
    Bite is a podcast for people who think hard about their food. Join acclaimed food and farming blogger Tom Philpott, Mother Jones editors Kiera Butler and Maddie Oatman, and a tantalizing guest list of writers, farmers, scientists, and chefs as they uncover the surprising stories behind what ends up on your plate. We'll help you digest the food news du jour, explore the politics and science of what you eat and why—and deliver plenty of tasty tidbits along the way.

    Reply to request on permissions to air upcoming "Bite" podcast..

    ...In general, yes, we’d be happy to allow you to rebroadcast Bite over hobby stations...  so long as you don’t need us to do any more work on the production/distribution side, you’re free to rebroadcast. Please be sure to play the episodes in full so that our magazine and journalists can get their names out there.
    Max Horten
    Rights and Permissions Manager
    Mother Jones
    415 240 4510

    FOOD cont. "The Wine Fellers" program is available to. Part15 broadcasters to air.
    This is a comic relief program centered on Wine.
    Give 'em a listen at:


    2015 Fustian Medal for Radio Arts
    Biennial Golden Gimcrack Award
    Annual Shtick Drek Shvantz Prize
    The Eden Hirsch Hazarai Distinction

    There are as many pets in this world as there are radio waves, so it seems fitting that you should do a little broadcasting for their sake. And it's bound to do your ratings good if you air this next free to non-commercial stations offering: Animal Radio® the most-listened-to animal show in America!  This delightful show is no backyard broadcast, it's a first rate, top of the line, lively, and informative call in talk show, where the callers receives insight and advice from the knowledgeable hosts. Contact Hal Abrams via email or at the network to initiate an agreement:, 
    Since 2001, Animal Radio® has been America's "most-listened-to" pet show. Over a 350,000 pet-lovers tune-in weekly on 131 AM-FM radio stations on USA Radio Networks and XM Satellite Radio.
    The Animal Radio® Family includes Veterinarian Dr. Debbie, News Director Lori Brooks, Groomer Joey Villani, Animal Communicator Joy Turner, Travel Reporter Susan Sims and a cast of hundreds. Frequent guest-hosts include the likes of Jenna Fischer (The Office), Glenn Close (Damages) and Cesar Millan. Through education and awareness, together we're helping animals live healthy, happier lives.
    There's not much to say about this next one
    There's not much to say about this next one. I first stumbled across it a few years ago, and thought it was cute... every once in a while I stumble across it again.. It's DogCat Radio, and the site expresses absolutely no information about itself whatsoever, except that it's "The radio station all pets enjoy", and it's "The most popular radio station on planet earth" So out of curiosity I took a look back via the internet archive to see what I could pull up.. The site first came on the scene back in Oct. 2005, and has been there ever since. The design and content has changed a few times, and the catch-phrase used to be "The radio station all pets and their humans enjoy!".
    For awhile it also featured "DogCat TV" and even a pet fashion show and had Dick Van Patten as a guest..  " is a division of Morusa Records. A BROADCASTING COMPANY." Oh.. by the way, I should mention that there is no programming offering for your station from DogCat Radio, so it really has no business in this blog post at all. So just ignore this section of the page, because I don't know how to delete it.
    But what I do know is that the simple single page website is pointless, with an elegant cuteness about it; and that they want you to adopt a pet.
    Quit scratching your head.
    Ok, back to topic..

     I guess you could call this category a poor mans Coast to Coast Am.. This first one is definately a premium quality offering from the Dark Matter Radio Network, featuring a number of paranormal programs and host, including the legendary Art Bell, all of which are free to air for part 15 stations providing you follow the rules outlined on the affiliate page.
    The show I first happened to be listening to was Midnight in the Desert, and found it to be upbeat and entertaining, but there are many others to choose from; Dark Matter, QSO (Ham Radio Show), Hyperspace, Real Ghost Stories, After Dark Radio, Where Did the Road Go?, Astronomy Cast, Big Picture Science, Other Side of Midnight, Expanded Perspectives, Night Watch... and more.
    But remember this...
     " ...They MUST follow our rules. They should be encouraged to let us know, so we could put a Part15 section list together, that would be cool! They can carry any other of our content as well."
     Best Regards,
     Keith Rowland, Manager/Operator
     Rowland Network Communications, LLC
     For the Dark Matter Digital Network

    So read the rules here: , have a listen to the programs, and if would like to become an affiliate, they are ready to accommodate you, and you listening audience should appreciate it!

    SURREALITY cont.:The next program offering in this category comes from the Mix Radio Network, and is provided by barter, or, if not, for free. It's called Mix Talk: Paranormal. No need of an introductory overview, as the name says it all. Butin watch out, they post a mega disclaimer. So air at your own risk!:
     "Learn from the top names in the their field... With our 24/7 live streams and thousands of hours of archived talk radio shows, available instantly worldwide, The "Talk You Can't Get Anywhere Else"
    NOTICE Shows are for Entertainment ONLY. The views and opinions expressed.. are entirely those of the hosts, guests and callers, who are entirely responsible for all show content, and do not in any way reflect the opinions or an endorsement of The Mix Talk Radio Network, our clients or the respective staffs. These broadcasts are presented and made public in the hope that they will be entertaining to our many listeners. They are not intended to diagnose, treat or mitigate in any way any disease or condition or to promote any specific lifestyle, belief, religion, political affiliation or other personal practice. Enjoy what you hear on The Mix Talk and please know that any decision to take
    , use, consider or share the information you hear is yours & yours alone."


    There are many sources for obtaining historical recordings. Two of the predominate ones are the Internet Archive and the Library of Congress. The content found there are free use, however in most cases are for non-commercial use only, make note of any terms on certain materials..
    The Internet Archive Audio Collection
    This library contains recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download. Also see

    HISTORICAL cont.:

    Library of Congress National Jukebox page
    The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives. ..It was a long and painstaking process to digitize 10,000 78 rpm records for the National Jukebox. WARNING: Note that not all material is permissible for broadcast, and some historical recordings may contain offensive language.


    Here's an odd one which I'm not sure how to describe.. I listened to some of the outakes and one of the on-demand full episodes, and am still at a total loss. But if you're looking for something weird and wild, then your search is over; Cheeze Pleeze from Scott Snailham Productions. Parody music, parody shows, and parody in general. Well done, but weird, and definitely original...
    "..US Part 15's are welcome. we have a number of canadian LPFM's and college stations and have been on KWSS for years on sunday mornings.  Our show is basically "the wacky warped and weird" every week with two hosts riding around in a van playing cheesy music that has a Dr Demento feel. 30 mins show weekly via mp3 download off our site. Please email us direct for download details for stations as we like to know who is running us, but that's the only thing we really require.   the FAQ also has a quite a bit of info also....part in character and the facts of the content.

    Scott S.
    Cheeze Pleeze

    Since 2002 Internet radio fans around the world have been tuning in with delight and disgust to Cheeze Pleeze, hosted by Snarfdude and by first Moondog, and now currently, Daffodil. Each week the duo drops an irreverent mix of alternative cuts, celebrity oddities, novelty tunes and remakes sure to shock awe entertain and even baffle listeners.
    •The original series ran 46 shows from February 2002 through May 2003 when the guys decided to take an extended leave. Those shows ran 60 minutes and found a solid fanbase and several affiliates on line. You'll find some of the original shows and eventually all of them available on 
    •... Snarfdude and Daffodil present Cheeze Pleeze, Series 2. Trimmed down to a slimmer, uninterrupted 30 minute package, many of original series feature continue including the Celebrity Slip Up.
    •Whether you'd like to submit your recordings or are interested in adding Cheeze Pleeze to your station, Drop us a line here! It's a free service for community/LPFM/internet and college radio stations. Programming that has to be heard to be believed. New shows are uploaded to our affiliates only page on the site and the NCRA program exchange every Wednesday no later then midnight eastern time. Literally hundreds of shows later, we're still going strong!

    This program from KDX World Round Radio is produced and hosted by Carl Blare. It's the only show I know of made specifically for part15 broadcasters. The Low Power Hour, now with over 100 episodes under his belt, you never know what you might hear.. I have particular fondness of his earlier episodes, and highly recommend them, as their focus maintained a more constant emphasis specifically about Part 15 topics, with fascinating interviews, stories, advice, etc..
    I made a previous post about a particular past episode (one of my favorites) [here]..
    His more recent episodes still do provide updated news and events about Part 15 broadcasters and broadcasting, however nowadays the show tends to consist of a wider variety of content, and a little more whimsy than during it's original connotation had, nevertheless, it's great to get the part 15 updates on the air. Unfortunately, there are no longer public links to provide to the episodes, but they are all available to your station as an affiliate, all you have to do is contact him. I asked Carl why he no longer provides public links to his older episodes and he explained;...
    "..As I have become more aware of copyright requirements for broadcasts and podcasts it appeared that if the LPH were open to the public they would qualify as "podcasts" and I would be in violation for not paying for using some music, By making the shows available for radio stations only the obligations change and the responsibility for copyright goes to stations that stream the shows. Unless I'm wrong.
    Newer shows starting with # 100 are using royalty free music which should remove the burden of concern.

    Lest his above statement should mislead you, I should clarify that The Low Power Hour is by no means a type of musical programing, only that music is often utilized in one way or another for portions of the program.
    Also available from KDX is the entertaining  Blare OnAir and Blare OnAir Lite shows.
    The Low Power Hour (LPH) radio program is freely available for non-commercial re-transmission by Part 15 Authorized Stations. No derivatives may be taken, programs must be used intact.  Please notify KDX of your use of the program. You will be mentioned on further editions of LPH for promotional benefit and listed as an Affiliate Station.  Submissions of your own low power interviews or other clips may be included in future editions of the LPH.  Contact:  The Low Power Hour may not be re-distributed without express permission.

    The Low Power Hour is currently aired on over 20 stations. Add yours to the list of affiliates! Contact Carl via his website at or email him directly: Tell him the Part15LAB sent you!

    Amateur Radio Newsline™ is a free service to the amateur radio community.  We produce a weekly audio news bulletin called a “QST” or “bulletin of interest to radio amateurs” that is delivered by a downloadable MP3 audio file from our website or through a podcast subscription. The bulletins conform to all sections and codes as outlined under the United States FCC Part 97 Amateur Radio Service rules regarding the legal means of amateur radio operators issuing “QST’s” or “Bulletins of Interest to All Amateurs.” We differ only in format and follow a more traditional radio “spot news” format. Whenever possible, we attempt to bring you the voices of those in the news.

    Q: When do you update your newscast?
    A: The website audio and text feed is usually updated late Thursday or early Friday of each week – Eastern time (EST or EDT depending on time of year.)

    Q: Who can retransmit the ARNewsline audio?
    A: In the United States, ARNewsline can be re-transmitted by any licensed radio amateur as long as his/her station operation conforms to Sections 97.111 and  97.113 regarding one-way transmissions.  ARNewsline may be retransmitted by commercial and non-commercial FCC licensed broadcast entities.  It may also be retransmitted over the Internet as long as the actual audio file used is the one on our website.
    If you'll note they only specified "any licensed radio amateur" may rebroadcast it, so I made the following inquiry on March 3, 2019:
    Subject: ARNewsline for re-broadcast on legal ulicensed stations? (Title 47 CFR Part 15.219)

    Message: Your terms only address licensed stations, but there are also legal unlicensed methods... I'm a hobby part 15 AM broadcaster, these type transmitters are limited range and the same as used by national and state parks, historic sites, marinas, etc. for the last half century and fully permissible for neighborhood radio stations as well. My blog is and I would like to list your program there as a free resource. So am asking your permission.

    Their reply on March 4, 2019:

    Hi Rich.  Thanks for the email.
    Yes, we would be happy to have ARN on your unlicensed Part 15 hobby station!
    Don Wilbanks

    So there you have it, this weekly 20 minute newscast of sorts is part 15 friendly for rebroadcast on your station!


    Tim's Oompha Hour
    A superb offering from Iron Range Country, now with approximately 100 episodes available, is Tim's Oompah Hour which has proven to have become quite popular, is already carried on a few commercial broadcast stations, as well as on numerous Part 15 stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. 
    Tim's Oompah Hour brings you an hour of great old tyme music every week -- polkas, waltzes, schottishes, obereks and more, from all cultures and nationalities. They're oldies because they all come from phonograph records! Many of your favorites from the larger bands with national distribution to the small bands on local or regional record labels. You might hear a scratchy record now and then but that's what makes it fun! Most of the songs on the show have never been released on CD or for mp3 download!

    The show is produced weekly at Iron Range Country Radio KEBS-AM 1620 on the Iron Range in Bovey, Minnesota where the show can he heard Saturday evenings at 7 PM and Sunday afternoons at 3 PM, and also on many affiliate stations all over the country.  You can email your artist and song requests and by all means if you hear a mispronounciation (Heaven forbid) feel free to send a correction! Email:
    Radio stations interested in carrying Tim's Oompah Hour are encouraged to send an email inquiry.  Broadcasting the Tim's Oompah Hour costs nothing except the barter for the two advertisements included in the body of the program. The show is updated weekly and can be broadcast any day of the week and may be repeated as desired. Liners and show promos customized for your station are also available at no cost. Email for info.  To climb on board we just need to add you to the affiliate list. We welcome traditional terrestrial radio stations, webcasters, school, college, and public broadcasters as well.  The more the merrier!

    Please Note: 99% of what's on the show are public domain songs performed by independent artists and issued by tiny independent record labels. But occasionally a copyrighted work may air. 

    The Free Music Archive
    The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet. It was launched in 2009.
    Every MP3 you discover on The Free Music Archive is pre-cleared for certain types of uses that would otherwise be prohibited by copyright laws that were not designed for the digital era. These uses vary and are determined by the rights-holders themselves (please see our FAQ) ..

    Also See 

    Most of us know this one.. The A-Infos Radio Project.
    There is such a vast array of program material found here that unless you know specifically what you are looking for, you're going to spend some time sampling individual programs before determining which material you want to air. I lost hours in this ocean before while looking for the pearls.. So have fun..
    The A-Infos Radio Project was formed in 1996 by grassroots broadcasters, free radio journalists and cyber-activists to provide ourselves with the means to share our radio programs via the Internet. To our knowledge, the A-Infos Radio Project was the first grassroots media project of it's kind on the internet... The archived material is available to anyone who wants it free of charge... This archive is designed to provide compressed audio files which can be downloaded to your computer and then converted to tape or added to a playlist for broadcast.

    The World's Community Radio Station
    Information for Rebroadcasters
    Both of Global Community Radio's 24/7 program streams are available to any non-commercial radio station anywhere in the world for rebroadcast at no charge.
    Global Community Radio programming is ideal for stations wishing to run compelling, hosted content during times when there are no local community or student hosts on the air. This programming can be used in place of a simple automated music playlist, and is sure to attract new listeners to your station. Stations can also use Global Community Radio to initiate a 24/7 operating schedule if they are not currently on the air when no live programming is available.
    Stations may reserve specific times for GCR programming within their schedule, or, can simply use the serve on an "as needed" basis. Airing GCR programming requires very little effort on your part. All you need to do is to be able to connect to our internet stream(s), and simply retransmit the audio over your own signal(s).
    You do not need to worry about top hour legal ID requirements. We will run an ID every hour acknowledging all GCR affiliates. You do, however, have the option to cut away from the stream at any time to run your own IDs and other announcements. All GCR programming is FCC compliant.
    Your station will NOT be responsible for paying any carriage fees for any of the syndicated programming supplied to you by Global Community Radio. You do not need to manually download any programs. We do all the work for you.
    Your station IS responsible, however, for paying ANY AND ALL music licensing and royalty fees if you plan to rebroadcast GCR programming. Your existing payments for music licensing for your local programming should also cover your rebroadcast of GCR programming.
    Want to learn more about becoming a Global Community Radio rebroadcaster? Let's talk! E-mail us at, or give us a call at (315) 759-5434.

    There's lot's more free programming to be had, which I will periodically continue to list here on this page as the validity of the information concerning our rights to rebroadcast these programs is confirmed, so be sure to bookmark this page, and check back soon!

    More to come...
    PLEASE STAND BY.......