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Recording Current Shows

 

Recording the present day output of stations and presenters of interest to radio anoraks is fairly straightforward.

 

First you will need stream ripping software, that can capture a station’s webcast stream natively.  There are many tools that can do this, and the best incorporate scheduling software so you can set a particular stream to record at the same time every day or every week, etc.  The one we would recommend is called streamWriter, which is available as a free download, here:

 

http://streamwriter.org/downloads/2/  (see Quick Start Guide below)

 

These are some addresses of station webcast streams you may be interested in recording:

 

Radio Caroline

     Stream:  http://sc6.radiocaroline.net:8040

     Schedule:  http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#schedule.html

 

Caroline Viewpoint 819

     Stream:  http://sc2.radiocaroline.net:8100

     Schedule:  Sun 0600-1000 UK time

 

Radio Seagull

     Stream:  http://orac.jarasoft.net:8000/seagull

     Schedule (UK+1 hour):  http://www.radioseagull.com/scheduleweek.html

 

RNI

     Stream:  http://radionorthsea.zapto.org:8008

     Schedule:  http://78.105.38.61/LiveShows.htm

 

Atlantic Oldies 2NG

     Stream:  http://208.85.243.168:7800

     Schedule:  http://www.2ngradio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=103&Itemid=135

 

Big L

     Stream:  http://87.98.249.116:8100/biglh.mp3

     Schedule:  http://bigl.co.uk/schedule

 

Manx Radio (Carnaby St)

     Stream:  http://icy-e-04.sharp-stream.com:80/manxradiofm.mp3

     Schedule:  http://www.manxradio.com/schedule.aspx

 

Oldies Paradise (Mark Stafford)

     Stream:  http://listen.radionomy.com/oldiesparadise

     Schedule:  http://www.oldiesparadise.com/full%20schedule.htm

 

Oldies Project

     Stream:  http://178.19.127.144

     Schedule:  Sun 1100-1800, repeated Wed 1800-0100

 

Radio Northern Star

     Stream:  http://392.cloudrad.io:8096

     Schedule (UK+1 hour):  http://main.northernstar.no/pdf/program_schedule_radio_northern_star.pdf

 

Tulip Radio (Barry James)

     Stream:  http://uk3-pn.mixstream.net:8066

     Schedule:  http://www.tulip-radio.co.uk/schedule.php

 

UnCool Radio (Roger Day)

     Stream:  http://majestic.wavestreamer.com:4945

     Schedule:  Mon-Fri 1900-2200 Roger Day, 2200-0100 Allen Fleckney

 

Vault of Pop

     Stream:  http://217.28.20.20:8093

     Schedule:  http://www.thevop.net/schedule.html

 

Voice of Peace

     Stream:  http://uk2-vn.mixstream.net:8004

     Schedule (UK+2 hours):  http://www.thevoiceofpeace.co.il/shows&presenters.php

 

 

 

To download BBC radio shows, the best tool to use is get_iPlayer, which again is available as a free download, here:

 

http://linuxcentre.net/getiplayer/download

 

(Scroll down to choose the download appropriate for your operating system.)

 

A good ‘getting started’ guide for how to use get_iPlayer is available here:

 

http://squarepenguin.co.uk/guides/radio-download-guide/

 

 

An alternative BBC downloader for Mac users is Get iPlayer Automator

 

 

streamWriter Quick Start Guide!

 

A word about configuring streamWriter to capture your own recordings.

 

First, this software was designed to find particular tracks/artisits you like, and to rip them as individual songs from wherever they may be playing, on any radio stream, anywhere in the world.  Obviously that is not how we would use it to record complete shows.  So . . .

 

Once installed, start by going (on the top menu bar) to File / Settings / Streams.

-  At the top of this screen, enter the folder where you want your recordings to be stored.

-  If "Save separated tracks" is ticked, untick it.  Click OK.

 

Then, enter a stream address you want to record in the Playlist/Stream-URL box, and click the blue plus sign on the right.  You can do this by copying and pasting one of the stream names above.

 

streamWriter will find the stream, add it to the main window, and begin capturing it.

-  To stop the stream capture, click the blue square with the small red dot.

-  To hear any stream, whether or not it is being captured, click the blue right-facing triangle (Play) in the row of icons at the top.

-  To stop playing, click the blue square.

 

In the main box, right click on the stream name that has just been added.

-  Choose 'Rename' it if you want to change the name in the window.  Some stream names are very long, and I find it helpful to shorten them.

-  Choose Settings / Filenames to specify how you want the recorded files to be named.  For instance, for the weekly Carnaby Street recordings, I used a filename template of (enter in third box – ‘Pattern for filenames of stream files’):

 

%d Sat 0830-1030 Manx Radio - Chris Williams - Carnaby Street

The "%d" would then insert the correct date each week.  For more frequent recordings, %i is also helpful, which inserts the time.


Finally, to schedule unattended recordings:

-  Choose "Setup scheduled recordings...", or click on the clock symbol in the row of icons at the top.

-  The "Setup timers" window will open, where you can define daily or weekly recording schedules for that particular stream.  Enter your local times in 24 hr format.  I recommend you do NOT use the Specific Date option, because that is buggy and doesn’t work if a recording goes past midnight.

 

And of course, streamWriter must be active in order to function.  It can be minimized, but if it is not open, nothing will be recorded!

 

 

If you have any other questions about getting started with either streamWriter or get_iPlayer, please Contact Me, and I’ll be glad to help.