It is has been a long time coming, but we have finally gotten DDP HackRadio
up and running! Click here
to listen to our new 24/7 hacking radio station.
It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a lot of people…
First of all, I should apologize for it taking so long. It has taken us probably a year or more to get this up and running, but we finally did it.
I installed both shoutcast and icecast in the beginning and got them up and running. icecast did not support streaming mp3 at the time, only ogg vorbis. There was support for it, but it was a little extra work. I had to get the packages for mp3 support and then recompile the server with that support built-in without losing some of the other support. My friend Saitou helped me to get the packages all cooperating and taught me a lot along the way of conflicts and getting through compiling problems. Once I had it up and running, we began testing to see if we could get a whole station up and running, but there was a problem.
The problem was that both shoutcast and icecast, the 2 predominant open-source streaming software applications, did not have the features that we needed for SCHEDULING. The stream itself has been running off and on for quite some time, but it was only me using it to stream BRR and not what I wanted from the station. That is where vooduhal came in.
Vooduhal is the man. We worked for quite some time thinking through the logistics of what we wanted to accomplish and how best to go about doing it. We came up with a mixture of a using a database and using the file system itself to control what gets played. Vooduhal wrote most of the fundamental scripts and cron jobs necessary to get basic functionality working. We also got the basic database built and it worked, but it was just flaky and spontaneously dropped offline and other assorted problems. Vooduhal got it working and had it almost finished except for the administrative functionality. We needed it so that our broadcasters/DJs/personalities could use it easily. Being that we are busy guys who work for a living, it was just hard to find the time to get this thing finished.
Thats when I called on Nick84. Nick84 was also a busy guy, but it just so happened that he had a break in between projects that we were working on and I asked him if he felt like helping finish this up. All of the work for the scheduling needed to be done. We worked together a little bit to discuss strategies and needs and some database structure as well as ideas on how to make it run smoothly and easily. Nick84 wrote a beautiful PHP interface (with all the security that goes with it) so that we could schedule shows. Now, authorized users can add their own shows in a safe, secure, and reliable way. This was not small task and kudos go to Nick84 for a great job. It only took a little bit of testing and some minor tweaks before we finally knew that it was ready to go.