July 5, 2008

Create Your Own Online Radio Station

By MCENTEE, Claire

SICK of the music on your local radio station? From Saturday you will be able to create your own personalised Internet radio station thanks to Paraparaumu-based company the Racket Media Group.

Managing director Rob Gordon says members of the company's website, www.theracket.co.nz, can sign up for a personal radio account for $20 a month and create a 500-song radio station, or a public radio account and create a 1000-song station for $30 a month.

The stations can be streamed to a PC, mobile phone or any other Web-enabled device.

Public stations will also be available on The Racket's public radio page for all members to listen to.

Members can choose from more than 140,000 songs from the "core catalogues" of major music labels such as Universal and EMI.

Mr Gordon says the public radio account will be particularly useful for bands, who will be able to advertise gigs and chat with fans.

"Something that is quite unique is unsigned artists can upload tracks and put them on the station and then also sell their singles on there.

"Ideally, within three to five years we will have more than 60,000 users."

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