Linfield’s student-run radio station, KSLC 90.3 FM, began streaming publicly on the Linfield network last week and will be live worldwide in approximately six weeks.
“[Listening online] is how students listen to the radio today,” Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication and KSLC faculty adviser, said. “The project will benefit students and people who connect to where students are from.”
Huntsberger said the online streaming is a project that’s not as simple to take on as it appears. The move has been in the works since 2009.
“Our generation doesn’t have a radio anymore, but we all have access to the Internet,” KSLC General Manager junior Eric Tompkins said. “Students would like their parents, grandparents and friends to know what their lives are like on campus.”
Huntsberger said he was surprised that KSLC didn’t have online streaming in 2009, when he first came to Linfield, because most college radio stations had something online in early 2000.
He said the project was a slow process. Before KSLC negotiated with Integrated Technology Services for on-campus streaming, it bought a new computer and installed a special sound card for better streaming quality, which took three months. Huntsberger also said ITS had its own major bandwidth issues and concerns about school safety, so KSLC was not a high priority for ITS.
The online streaming became available on campus in January Term 2011 and was tested by the KSLC staff. However, another difficulty was how to stream music legally.
“Besides the broadcast license we have, we needed an online playing license from Sound Exchange, a performance copyright organization,” Tompkins said.
Huntsberger added that it is good to be aware of copyright content, pay musicians and provide them with an affordable living, even though it took a long time for him to figure out what license was needed, as Sound Exchange has different classes of licenses.
Tompkins said KSLC paid extra fees to avoid complex reports that only big commercial radio stations could handle.
As for future plans, Huntsberger said he is looking forward to people in another corner of the world being able to listen KSLC.
He said it’s amazing to have a program that non-native-speaking students can use, to report Linfield news in their own languages so that their families can listen, too.
Students can go to the KSLC website, www.linfield.edu/kslcfm, and click Listen Online to download the stream. To play the stream on iTunes, students can go to Advanced/Open Stream and enter the URL: 10.171.10.209:8000/kslc.mp3.
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