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  • Radio Wordpress Theme On Air update Image OnAir Radio WordPress Theme version 1.3.4 is available now

    We just published a new version with a javascript debug glitch published yesterday, and in this post you can check also all the new features recently added to OnAir Radio WordPress Theme:

     

    1.3.4 [2016 12 07] * qt-main.js debugger bug fixed
    1.3.3[2016 12 06] * fixed recent schedule tabs issue
    * fixed new javascript Safari incompatibility in IF conditions
    ###### QantumThemes Radio Suite updated: ########################
    #
    ###### Version: 1.1.2
    ###### * assets/script.js restored $(“[data-dynamicwidth]”)
    #
    ###### Version: 1.1.1
    ###### * style.css fixed columns width schedule grid
    #
    ######################## ######################## ###############
    1.3.2[2016 12 02] * fixed new mobile menu issue
    1.3.1
    * fixed sidebars mismatch

    1.3.0
    * fixed issue with multiple schedule shortcode [showgrid schedulefilter=”angelstream”] requires QT Radio Suite update to 1.1.0
    1.2.9
    * added better woocommerce support (woocommerce.php and templates in /woocommerce + few js fixes)
    * added class “qt-tabs” in showgrid.php
    1.2.8

    A) ADDED MULTIPLE SCHEDULE FEATURE:
    * Added multiple schedule possibility with Schedule Filter taxonomy
    MANUAL:
    1) You can now add a taxonomy for Schedules called schedulefilter. You can for example, use different schedule filters for each radio, in order to create separate schedule grids
    2) It works as categories, just create a fiter in Schedules->Schedule Filter (note down the slug you use)
    3) Add this schedule filter to existing schedules, or create new ones
    4) Add to the “showgrid” shortcode the filter parameter, like this: [showgrid schedulefilter=”filter-slug”] 5) You can filter the “Now on air” top bar output by adding a filter slug in Appearance->Customize->On Air header info
    Note: the top bar on air info can only display the data from 1 schedule for each website.
    You can’t filter the schedule grid results if you use a template with pre-build schedule shortcode, in those cases you have to change page templates and use the manual shortcode as described above.
    B) ADDED PODCAST SHORTCODE FOR PODCAST SERIES:
    Now you can associate podcasts with shows or pages using the podcast filters.
    MANUAL:
    1) Add a Podcast Filter when creating a new podcast
    2) Remember the “slug” of the new taxonomy (not the name)
    3) Add shortcodes to any content in this way:

    [qtpodcast podcastfilter=”techno” quantity=”1″] C) ADDED EVENTS POST TYPE
    D) ADDED SHOUTCAST FEED DATA:

    SINGLE RADIO WEBSITE
    * For single radio station, in the customizer specify host and post as for example “173.192.105.231” and “3540”
    * these data are added in a custom hidden div “#qtShoutcastFeedData” in part-onair.php
    * the library of Shoutcast XML feed is added to theme-libraries.js
    * in qt-main.js the data feed is triggered by $.fn.qtShoutcastFeed(qtradiofeedHost, qtradiofeedPort)
    * in customizer, OnAir Header Info, you can choose to display the xhoutcast feed after the show title or instead of it

    MULTI RADIO WEBSITES:
    * add host and port in the fields of each radio station
    * In appearance -> customize, ON AIR Header Info, select “Instead of show title”, so the xml feed will be used for each radio
    * for multiple radios, the radio name appearing on the player and the feed of the song title are stored in a cookie, and restored after page change

    E) ADDED PLAY INFO CONTROL:
    * in customizer/ On Air header info, you can completely hide the scrolling text

    F) ADDED JAVASCRIPT DEBUG INFO OPTIONS
    * In the Customizer you can now enable the output in Development Options

    G) ADDED QT PLACES PLUGIN
    * Added event maps in single event page
    * added maps capability to theme

  • Radio Wordpress Template Theme On Air Update Ready ONAIR 1.2.0 is out!

    1.2.0
    * Blockquote custom color added in customizations.php
    * default page template hide title enabled
    * youtube responsiveness updated

    1.1.9
    * updated .po .mo
    * added .pot file
    * updated plugin WT Radio Suite (added better support for translation)
    * updated part-post.php, part-post-third.php and part-post-featured.php where the word Read was not translatable

    How to update:

    You can update the theme downloading the latest version linked from your purchase confirmation email, from the radiowordpresstheme.com website or from the official Dropbox repository link.
    If you have problems accessing your updated theme version, please get in touch with the support via email at info @ qantumthemes.com .
    To update, please follow the instructions contained in the manual.

  • Radio Wordpress Theme On Air Podcast OnAir Version 1.1.8:

    We are proud to introduce the new version of OnAir: 1.1.8.

    After a long month of work on our customers’ best requests, we decided to add a couple of features, and to optimise some aspects of the theme.

    Podcasts support

    Now you will find a new post type, called Podcasts, which allows you to create a new type of contents. Podcasts are essentially pages with a media content inside, a featured image, and a content.

    The new podcast type supports podcast from Mixcloud, Soundcloud and Youtube, and you can also link directly to the MP3 file of your self hosted podcast.
    Simply adding the URL of your resource, the player will be automatically embedded in the page.

    Podcast archives:

    Podcasts have their own archive templates, and you can easily create a podcast archive page by creating a new page and choosing the “Podcast Archive” template.
    If you need to create different categories of podcasts, you can also use the built-in new podcast taxonomy, Podcast Filters, which allows you to create different podcast archives and link to specific groups of contents.

    Podcast widget:

    Easily display the latest podcasts in a widget, you’ll find it in the Widget section!

    Social Network links to Show pages:

    Now you can easily add social network icons to each show, for the best shows who has their own social page! Easily add links to Facebook, Twitter and more!

    Better chart management:

    Some users have very long charts, that’s why we just added numbering to the chart tracks in the backend interface, allowing you to easily understand the position of a track in the chart without counting!

    Better plugin translation

    A “languages” folder containing .po and .mo files has been added to the QT Radio Suite plugin, allowing to easily translate the plugins’ strings with Poedit.
    This plugin contains the strings for the Automatic Show Slider, the Automatic Schedule Grid and for the custom Widgets.
    In alternative, you can easily translate the whole theme with WPML.

    How to update:

    You can update the theme downloading the latest version linked from your purchase confirmation email, from the radiowordpresstheme.com website or from the official Dropbox repository link.
    If you have problems accessing your updated theme version, please get in touch with the support via email at info @ qantumthemes.com .
    To update, please follow the instructions contained in the manual.

    Theme changelog:

    1.1.8 (2016 03 21) MAJOR UPDATE
    NOTE FOR THE USERS:
    PLEASE REFRESH PERMALINKS IN SETTINGS->PERMALINKS
    AND UPDATE THE PLUGIN QT-RADIO-SUITE

    * updated Radio Suite: added styles 326 to 330 in style.css and $(“.qt-widescreen”).each(function(i,c){ in script.js to force the slider proportion
    * fixed parallax background in iOS safari browser
    * fixed tooltips iOS safari browser
    * fixed player state on page change with Featured Player and alternative radio channel playing // if(jQuery.cookie(“qt_volume”) !== null && typeof($.mySound) !== undefined){

    * added .mo .po languages files to QT Radio Suite plugin, added strings to translations

    * added Podcast support: podcast post type, archive templates and podcast widget
    * added social network links to Show pages
    * added numbering for repeatable fields, to help building long charts

    1.1.7 (2016 02 02) MINOR UPDATE
    * Fixed issue with Show Schedule page template
    * Added option “All” for the blog template
    * Moved category dropdown to “Page Extras” instead of “Page Header”
    * Updated .po .mo translations
    * several translations added in the .po .mo

  • Radio Wordpress Theme On Air 2 Update Ready ON AIR Radio WordPress Theme 1.1.6 is finally out!

    We just release the new version of OnAir 1.1.6

    You can now:

    Add fantastic “top 10” widgetswith latest charted tracks or specific charts, choosing number of charts and customizing the layout.

    Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 16.25.46

    Add a popup player to your website in few clicks and completely customize your popup player window with contents and widgets, or link to your own html page.

    Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 16.34.14

    Create category blog pages

    Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 16.33.08

    Add unlimited radio channels with channel switcher with the Featured player

    Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 16.31.35

     

    ON AIR RADIO WORDPRESS THEME THEME CHANGELOG:

    1.1.6 (2016 01 21 – 2016 01 24) MAJOR UPDATE: MANY FUNCTIONS ADDED

    IMPORTANT:
    * Updated QT Radio Suite plugin
    * Updated QT Banner plugin

    FEATURED PLAYER:
    * added Radio Channels post type
    * added unlimited radios playlist capability to Featured Player
    * Added volume background svg
    * added tooltips and animations to featured player
    * added animated radio title to the Featured player

    CHARTS:
    * added youtube support for charts
    * Added Chart widget

    POPUP PLAYER:
    * added popup player button in the Customizer
    * adder popup player template (Add new page and choose popup player template)
    * added widget section for the popup player

    BLOG PAGES
    * added category dropdown to blog pages

    SCHEDULE
    * added schedule template for single schedules

    SCHEDULE SETTINGS
    * Schedule grid and slideshow settings: added 12/24 hours format in theme customizer

    OTHER CHANGES
    * removed double link to customization in appearance menu
    * added translation possibility to “Now on air” in showslide.php
    * “More Info” translatable in part-members-item.php

  • On Air 2 Update Ready, Radio Wordpress Theme 5 Simple Ways to Skyrocket Your Radio Listeners! [2/10]

    In this new post about how to promote a radio station, you will see 5 fast and cheap but very effective ways to increase the listeners of your radio!

    So you want more listeners eh? This is the effective technique used by 06AM Ibiza Underground Radio to reach the people everywhere, arriving to thousands of listeners within a year:

    1. Think about the habits of the people:

    every user has its own habits, and if someone is used to listen to the radios through winamp or itunes, or even Windows media player, they won’t change their habits for you. You need to adapt, allowing the users to listen to your radio from every app or device they want.

    How to do that? You need a web radio service that gives you access to specific files, which once downloaded are automatically opened with the correct app and starts playing your radio station.

    These files are:

    • .m3u for iTunes
    • .asx for Windows Media Player
    • .pls for Winamp

    These url are usually provided by the best radio service providers, and gives access to another channel for your listeners, allowing them to listen to your radio without changing their habits.

    In the example below, this radio provides these channels in the dropdown menu of the player:

    02-players-06am

     

    By allowing people to listen from their players, you also have some returning listeners guarantee, because your radio will be always stored in their settings (If they like your radio :)!

    But in the screenshot above, you also will see another detail in the menu: the iPhone app, which brings us to the next tip:

    2. Think about the devices

    Create an app for your radio, choose to target the device most likely used by your target, or do an app for each operative system. Offer in some way the possibility to enter in the mobile device of your listener, and he’ll be able to listen everywhere from your music!

    3. Get in iTunes

    Since one year iTunes re-opened the radio channels, being in the list can make the difference. If you have quality contents, you can apply to be listed here.

    4. Charts!

    Making charts of the tracks is one of the most powerful tools to reach more listeners. Once you make a chart, paying attention to include big artists and upcoming ones, spread the world about this!

    You can take a screenshot of the chart, put it on Facebook, and tag the artists in it, or you can post it on twitter with the @ to the artists! They’ll be happy to see the resonance of their music and will most likely share it again, duplicating your visibility!

    MUSIC CHART PLUGIN INCLUDED WITH THE ON AIR THEME

    5. Interviews

    Written, in podcasts or with a nice video, the interviews are always a great way to attract more people on your radio. People loves interviews, specially the strongest fans of the artists, which will share your content on all their socials, attracting hundreds of people on your pages.

    Try to be professional, and use a reflex for the shooting: try to give the greatest image possible to the artist, and he will be happy to share it as well!
    In the example, the video shooted in 2014 at the DJ Awards Ibiza, re shared on the Dj Awards social, which attracted thousands of viewers.

    After creating the interview, remember to post it in your website and socials, and ask to the artists to spread it in their pages. If you did it good, they will help you a lot!

     

     

    Radio Interviews

    And with the Videolove plugin you can easily create filterable video galleries, to guarantee the best experience to your visitors!

    Video Gallery Plugin Radio Station

     

     

    Conclusion:

    The media is an important part in delivering a message, and reaching all the channels is the best way to allow everyone to listen to your music. You need to provide the right channels and allow the people to easily access them. Plus you need to reach more people, and the social networks, as well as the real life connections, can do the trick if you work in a professional way.

    Being a small radio doesn’t mean to be a cheap one, and with an eye also on the right tools you can appear professional and reach much more people.

     

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  • Radio Wordpress Theme, 10 Killer tips to kickstart your online radio station 10 Killer Marketing Tips To Kickstart Your Radio Station [1/10]

    If you want to promote your online radio station, this is the post for you. In this first post of a series, we are going to expose 10 effective ways to promote your radio station, and in the next posts we are going to show you other professional and inexpensive ways to build a solid base of listeners and followers for your web radio (or normal radio station as well!!).

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    The 10 tips to effectively and rapidly promote your radio station.

    1. Focus: Choose Your Target

    First think about the media: web radios are often used everyday from billions of people in their normal lifestyle: at work, from the phone, from the school, and now even from cars. When people find a good web radio, usually they stick to it until they are happy. For this reason, the best thing is to offer a listening experience compatible with your audience.
    If is a music station, consider which style of music you want to offer, choose the djs in order to keep a reasonable schedule, placing the different music styles in the right moments of the day and of the week. In this way the listeners will have fun and find always the perfect soundtrack for the moment.

    Keep a solid style and avoid trying to catch everybody: if you run a classical music radio, don’t mis it with trance music and rock. Choose your style, and define the target of your listeners.

    Every style of music defines a specific type of person, and focusing on a specific target allows you to enrich your channel with posts, shows and content that are in focus for your audience.

    All your promotion will be more effective and the viral effect of a good channel will engage more and more people with the word of mouth.

    2. Choose the right name

    This is maybe the most important choice. The name can make the difference between success and failure.

    Not only it needs to be unique and nice, but should have a positive impact on your target audience, letting people clearly understand which kind of contents they should find in it. A good approach is to find a connection with the music style or topic of the channel, in this way when your radio will appear among a list of other radios, will be easily searchable for the people who have a specific taste.

    Think about every future use of the name: merchandise, t-shirt, hats, business cards, contracts with the sponsors, pins, stickers and much more. Try the 5 golden questions to test your name:

    • Do you feel comfortable introducing yourself with the name you choose?
    • Is it serious enough for the business relationship you will entertain?
    • Is it engaging enough for the listeners? Does it have the right appeal?
    • Does it still have a connection with your content?
    • Is it unique?

    3. Dispose a budget

    If you don’t want to be another of the thousand of web radios with 10 to no listeners, you need to think about making things good. To achieve some popularity without waiting years, the best way is to invest a minimum budget in promotion. Plus you’ll need some services and campaign to work on the audience and expose your station!

    Which are the basic expenses to start a web radio and how much should I spend?

    • The first cost is a good radio streaming service. We suggest Wavestream which is also the provider of many big radios and perfectly integrates with many platforms. The plans are scalable and you can start small.The basic plan is less than 40 a month.
    • Some design services (see next paragraph)
    • Web hosting and domain (Wavestream offers it integrated, otherwise go for a good WordPress hosting). Start as cheap as 70/year. Avoid cheapest hosting: you’ll regret it forever.
    • Facebook campaign: some ads to promote the shows (minimum 100€)
    • Copywriter: hire some freelance copy to write down engaging posts and presentation (about 50€/page)
    • Merchandise: print some stickers, everybody loves them!! (around 50€)
    • Advertise on some local magazine/music magazine. Very effective! (min. 300€)
    • Google AdWords: target specific keys for your music style! (200€)

    In total, let’s say that to kickstart a web radio in the best way, with a budget of nearly 600 or 700€ you can achieve good results within a couple of months, starting to have an interesting crowd of listeners.

    4. Be Professional

    Thousands of web radios out there, even thou are offering good music, doesn’t have such a professional image. It’s a matter of design, pictures, website layout, logo, lot of details that makes the difference.

    When first a new listener notice your radio, he doesn’t know if is a big one with thousands of listeners or not, and judge the quality of what he listens even through the quality of your radio’s image. For this reason, a minimum investment in hiring a designer for a good logo and cool banners, will make the difference from looking cool and looking poor.

    The cost for a quality corporate image for your radio can go from 200€ to few thousands in case you want to do the things in big, but for a basic corporate image the cost is not so high and it will turn your channels into professional looking radio stations.

    5. Be consistent

    Some web radios only transmits in certain time of the day and of the week, like from 5 till 10 of the evening or so on, and there is silence in the rest of the time. Always avoid this thing: people are going to be so much pissed off for the interruption that each day will be like restarting your radio station from the ground.

    Happy listeners can stay connected 24/7 from winamp, iTunes, website player and so on, but if you interrupt your music, they’ll be forced to change radio station, and the next day will forget about you.

    Instead, gather a reasonable number of recordings, live set, pre-recorded transmissions, interviews or whatever you want, and stream theme using the schedule software of your streaming provider. You have to guarantee your music 24 hours a day, and try to listen at it as most as you can, to be sure that there are no interruptions and check in first person the quality of your music.

    Publish good contents, check the podcasts in advance, and refresh often your contents. Provide a consistent and positive listening experience. Always.

    6. Get in touch with the listeners

    When the listeners like a radio, they want to know who is behind it. They want to interact, and not only click like. Provide different interaction channels from your website, like contact form (for example the ON AIR WordPress Theme already provides it) or directly expose an email address, place polls to understand the taste of the listeners and try to meet their taste.

    7. Check the statistics

    If your web radio provider, like Wavestream does, provides statistics about your listeners, check it out on a daily basis. Try to understand the peak of listeners, and to understand if are related with user habits or with the shows itself. Place the most followed shows more often, and in the peak times, and de-promote the worst shows in the less crowded timings.

    Always check if some show causes drops in the listeners, and fix it.

    Your objective is to constantly increase the quality of the sound that comes from your station.

    8. Attract good djs and speakers

    Looking professional from the beginning is not only a matter of aesthetics: you need good names. Podcasts, interviews or any other material from people with a high number of followers.

    To attract good names, get in touch with them and obtain the podcast of their shows to stream in your channel, is an easy trick if you have the right tools. For this reason, think about appearing professional and solid, so when the PR and agents of the big names will check your channel, they will know that you have a positive reputation and transmits a positive image on the artists.

    Big names wants to look good, and if your logo design and look is not good, they will not allow you to stream their music.
    Once you obtain a show from a big name, immediately exploit the occasion to make a good promotion: posts, facebook ads and any other way to increase the visibility of the name is fine.

    If other artists will see your promotion, they will spontaneously ask to have their show in your radio!

    9. Real life exposition

    Local fairs, parties, club flyers: check for all the possible promotion channels that lives out of the screen. Real life interaction is much more powerful than Facebook, and if real people recommend your radio to their friends, you automatically gain a listener. For this reason gadgets and real life promotions are very important.

    Bring your business cards, stickers and pins always with you, and give them away to the most interesting people that you meet, looking for real life influencers that will spread your word.

    10. Creativity!!!

    Nothing works better than your own creativity to promote your radio! Think about any possible connection between the topics of your channel and any other existing thing: create connections with forums, artists, environment causes, cultural movements, cinema, video, viral contents, make your own memes: everything is valid! Sponsor some party in local venues, organize promotions, establish affiliations with other products: the opportunities are endless!

    Spend a day in thinking, and pick the most awesome idea you can get: the result will be awesome!

    EXTRA RULE: DON’T BE GREEDY

    Even if this topic will be discussed in a new post, the economic aspect of running a radio is of course important. So here it is the extra rule: don’t be greedy! Incomes will come if you work good, and will probably need a year or more to get good sponsors, but starting with the idea of an income is not the right way.

    Focus on what you can give to your listeners instead of the opposite, and avoid killing the vibe with too much commercials.

    Conclusion

    We saw 10 tips to promote a new web radio in the right way, and we saw that is not easy. What’s important is to have a good plan, focus on your target audience, and think creatively.

    Save some budget for the promotion, and do your best to look good and professional in all your media: website, socials and printed gear.

    Create connections with influent artists and speakers in your niche, and earn the trust of the listeners with your consistency and with the quality of the contents.

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