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06 June 2012, 10:59

Sourcefabric's Airtime 2.1 introduces live rebroadcasting

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Sourcefabric has announced the latest release of Airtime, its open source radio automation software. With Airtime 2.1, independent radio stations can now rebroadcast interviews, concerts or entire shows from live streams.

The new feature also allows users to connect to Airtime with software such as Mixxx and Virtual DJ enabling them to go live on air from a remote location. Airtime includes transitions to integrate the live streamed content into broadcasts on a predetermined schedule or even while a show is already in progress.

Automated shows can now be edited in real-time while they are on air. This is handled via the administrative web interface with a simple drag-and-drop mechanism. Another new feature is the automated playout log which lists all songs played on the station and helps station owners to track royalties.

Airtime 2.1 is the first version of the software since the major 2.0 release in January, which also introduced the hosted Airtime Pro offering. Airtime Pro includes a hosted version of the software bundled with online storage and starts at $49.95 per month. Developed by Sourcefabric, a Czech non-profit organisation, Airtime is used by a number of radio stations including London's Resonance FM, Poland's Bieszczady FM, Senegal's West Africa Democracy Radio and NationTalk from Canada.

More details on the new features in Airtime 2.1 can be found in the change log for this release. The software can be downloaded from Sourcefabric's web site; detailed installation instructions are available. The source code for Airtime is licensed under the GPLv3 and hosted on GitHub.


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