A free and open source automation system for radio stations

Campcaster is an open source radio management application for use by both small and large radio stations (yes, real radio stations, not internet radio) to schedule radio shows. It provides both live studio broadcast capabilities via a desktop application called Campcaster Studio as well as remote automation via the Campcaster Web interface. Campcaster has networking components that make it easy for affiliated stations to share their content with each other, either over the Internet, or by exporting content to removable media for ground transport. This latter method is necessary in many places where there may be little or no Internet connectivity. You can create mashups with other applications using Campcaster's XMLRPC interface, which is supported for the audio storage module and the scheduler. Campcaster runs only on Linux.
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November 03, 2009

Run Your Internet Radio Station With Campcaster

Campcaster can be an excellent system for managing your internet radio broadcasts, but it doesn't handle Internet streams itself. You will need a couple of other tools as well to make everything work as you wish. Those streaming tools can be a bit technical, but the good news is that once they're up and running, they're quite stable, so it makes it well worth the effort. Read on for more information.

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December 02, 2008

Campcaster 1.4 "Monrovia" Beta 2 packages available

Packages for the long-awaited Beta 2 release of Campcaster 1.4 (code-named "Monrovia") are now up on the Campcaster Ubuntu repository. These packages are for testing only, and will only work on Ubuntu Hardy.

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September 19, 2007

Campcaster 1.2.1 released

A minor bugfix release of Campcaster is now available for download either from SourceForge or from the Campware Ubuntu/Debian repositories.

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June 05, 2007

Campcaster powers Univalle Estéreo in Cali, Colombia

The newest radio station to be powered by Campcaster is Univalle Estereo, a university radio station located in Cali, Colombia's Universidad del Valle. As Juan M. Triana writes:

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May 25, 2007

Ubuntu Feisty and Debian Etch repositories now available

Campware repositories now available for users of Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" and Debian 4.0 "Etch". This is especially good news for users of the excellent UbuntuStudio - a specialized distribution of Ubuntu aimed at audio, video and graphics production. Because UbuntuStudio is based on Feisty, it will also work for that too.

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February 19, 2007

Campcaster 1.2.0 Released

Campware is pleased to release version 1.2 "Kotor" of its Campcaster radio broadcasting application. It is available for download here. If you are an Ubuntu user, see the Ubuntu-specific installation instructions. Lots of useful information about setting up and using Campcaster can be found on our wiki.  If you are already using Campcaster on a two-computer setup, please read this note.

*** What's New in Campcaster 1.2 ***
It has been only two short months since the 1.1.0 release, but there are plenty of improvements to be happy about:
  1. Radio Data System(RDS) support added: RDS messages are displayed on radio receivers which display the name of the station and the name of the song that is currently being played. You will need RDS hardware in your radio station to take advantage of this feature.
  2. Sneaker-net support: you can now easily make a copy of your audio content to removable media in order to physically transport it to its destination or simply keep it as a backup. This is useful when you have a large amount of data to share with affliate stations or when you have little or no Internet connectivity.
  3. The Live Mode audio player has been improved so that reshuffling your playlists around is less likely to create any pause before playing them.
  4. Importing of audio has been seriously improved:
    1. Importing via the command line is now faster and has the option to "link" to your audio files. The previous version of Campcaster required making a copy of each file you imported, which resulted in doubling the disk space needed to store your files.
    2. Duplicate audio files are now detected and not imported.
    3. Importing via the command line and the Web now reads the "comments" and "genre" audio tags properly.
  5. Campcaster Web search is now faster and the results show the album name and track number.
  6. Campcaster Web "Help" menu has been expanded with a link to the online manual and the Campcaster homepage.
Of course a number of bugs were fixed as well, click "read more" to see those.

Are you using Campcaster? If so, please let us know by dropping us an email at:
contact@campware.org. We will feature you on our "Who's Using Campcaster" page.

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February 05, 2007

NewAssignment.net: "Open Source Radio is a Sound Salvation"

NewAssignment.net is a pioneering new journalism website/service/movement seeking to bring open source methods to reporting (you can read more about them here). They've just an article about Campcaster titled "Open Source Radio is a Sound Salvation," by Bess Kargman.

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January 31, 2007

Campcaster 1.2.0-Beta Released

Campcaster 1.2.0 BETA has been released! Please try installing and testing it, but please do not install it on production systems. With this beta release we want to make sure the packages are working and also check for any bugs in the software. Click "read more" to see how to install it.

The major improvements are:
  • Radio Data System(RDS) support added: Campcaster now supports RDS messages - these are the messages that are displayed on your receiver telling you the name of the station and the name of the song that is currently being played. You will need RDS hardware to take advantage of this feature.
  • Audio Player: Now it is possible to abort running Preloader instances. This helps greatly with the Live Mode, when items are reshuffled before playing.
  • Importing via the command line now has the option to "link" to music files so that you do not need to make a copy of your media files. The previous version of Campcaster required doubling the disk space required to store your files.
  • Duplicate audio files are now detected and not imported. When a duplicate is detected the user will be informed.
  • Importing via the command line and the Web now reads the "comments" and "genre" audio tags properly.
  • Fixed a bug in the Network Hub where if you tried to cancel an upload to the network hub, it wouldnt work.
  • During installation, there are no longer any problems if the database has already been installed. This will be detected properly and handled appropriately.
  • There are now much better informational messages during installation.
  • Redundant tasks that occurred during installation have been removed.

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January 29, 2007

Linux.com on Campcaster

Over at Linux.com, Nathan Willis has written an article about Campcaster, putting the software development effort into the context of the other work that MDLF and CAMP does. It's worth a read here.

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January 08, 2007

BBC World Service's 'Digital Planet' program to feature Campcaster

On Tuesday, 9 January, Digital Planet, the weekly BBC World Service program that reports on technology stories from around the globe, will feature a segment on Campcaster, focusing on its deployment among community radio stations in Sierra Leone.

Update (Mon 22 Jan 2007): In case you missed the segment, you can listen to it here.

Update (Thu 11 Jan 2007): The BBC News website now has an article based on the Digital Planet Campcaster segment. You can read it here.

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