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Adam Thomas5.06.2012.

Basic FM in the studio with Airtime in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Basic FM in the studio with Airtime in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Sourcefabric have released Airtime, their software for radio stations, in version 2.1.

Airtime is open source, free to download, runs on Ubuntu and Debian, and users can interact with it through any web browser.

The software now includes real-time show editing and live stream rebroadcasting, plus audio library improvements and a playout history log to keep track of what has been played.

"Airtime 2.1 is a big step forward for open source radio," said Martin Konecny, Airtime's lead developer. "Hundreds of independent radio stations worldwide can now broadcast interviews, concerts or entire shows live with the new live stream rebroadcast feature."

Live stream rebroadcasting allows remote broadcasters to connect to Airtime via tools such as Mixxx or Virtual DJ. Airtime will rebroadcast the stream, either at a set-time, or in the middle of an existing broadcast with a smooth transition.

DJs can also now edit their automated shows in real-time even while they're on air. Last second schedule changes, such as moving or adding a track, are performed with a drag and drop movement using the web interface. A Playout Log detailing the tracks played is also now available - essential for most radio stations' royalty reporting.

Airtime recently won a Guardian Award for Digital Innovation in the category 'best use of technology for social change'. The judges remarked on how Airtime's innovative use of free technology was bringing together different radio and code communities to create a tool that benefitted stations like London's Resonance FM, Dakar's West Africa Democracy Radio and Canada's NationTalk.

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