“Don’t let your avocation become your vocation!” ∴ My first broadcasting supervisor
Well Jon, I did it.
I started Broadcast Tool & Die after building Community Radio Station
WDRT as a volunteer in 2010, and the online streaming station
radiodriftless.org in 2005. I learned a lot about digital audio
systems and brought my 20–plus years of IT work and commercial
broadcast experience to the world of volunteer–powered radio. Check
out my awesome work, and see more about me.
I turned my avocation into my vocation, and I still love what I do!
Here’s a short list of some of the things I’ve done for my clients.
Rivendell ∴ Radio Automation and the cost of Free Software
I’ve been working with the Rivendell
radio automation software for more than a decade. The simple fact is
that although it is free software, the real cost of implementing it is
your time. I help stations get from “installation” to
“up and running” as quickly as possible: Setting up the library,
adding trigger events, clocks and a schedule grid, and explaining it all
so you can get down to the business of programming your station quickly!
Kuchota ∴ Swahili for “Fetch”
Some of my clients asked about Rivendell’s ability to download
and import audio files from podcast sources. As delivered, Rivendell
has no capability to do this, so I wrote Kuchota.
The core of Kuchota is a text-based menu app that leads you through
setting up downloading and importing of podcasts. Kuchota uses the
standard Linux tool podget to perform the
podcast download. It downloads the audio files into directories (aka
“folders”) that Kuchota previously set up as Rivendell
dropboxes. When the download completes, Rivendell automatically
imports the freshly downloaded file into the library. Kuchota also lets
you know when it’s having trouble so you can attend to it before
it results in dead air.
It’s a common desire for people to use their Rivendell computer as
a general–purpose audio workstation. This requires an
industrial–grade audio routing tool such as JACK.
I’ve spent many hours getting Rivendell, JACK and other
audio apps working together.
I’ve been hosting Community Radio audio streams for more than 12
years. It’s easy, uses little bandwidth, and as fun for me as it is
for you! I provide statistics for SoundExchange as needed in whatever
format you need (including the format required for submission to NPR
under the NFCB agreement). I’ll even hook up your
Rivendell automation system to the Icecast server so you can get
updated stream data!
Get in touch ∴ Feel free to call me at 608–515–8649, or fill in the blanks and I’ll reply as soon as I can.