So, what does it take to operate and maintain s streaming station such as Anime Blast Radio - The BLAST?
There are many things to consider when deciding to operate an internet radio station. Here are the basics for which I run across on a daily basis to keep this station playing.
Music - Just having a large song library and wanting to play those songs for others to hear is just the tip of the iceberg. First, you must have acquired those songs via a legal method. It can be a simple as buying them on CD, vinyl, tape, etc. or to have then given to you my an artist directly or through their legal agent. Most amine opening and ending songs are only available from Japan. There are a few that I can get here in the US, but that is the exception. Most of the time I try and purchase the songs from iTunes/Japan. Individual songs cost about 250yen per song on iTunes. If I cannot find them on iTunes, then I head to places such as CDJapan to buy physical copies on CD. These CDs cost about 1200-1800yen plus shipping to the US. And that is for just one song.
With each new season comes approximately 60-80 new songs for the shows of that season. Take that times four seasons per year and it comes to 240-320 songs per year. That is just for the new releases. On average obtaining just the new releases can cost upwards of 175,000yen or more per year. Throw in a couple older titles and it approaches 200,00-yen.
Next comes the cost of licensing and royalties. Each country and each recording company/artist have different requirements and costs for music licensing and royalties. Just to play the music on this station here in the US it can cost $1,000-$5,000 per year. This is why there are fewer and fewer streaming stations dedicated to niche' music like anime music. The cost to operate is quite high. The worst part is that the more listeners who listen for longer periods of time produces much higher costs. That is one reason why I limit listeners to eight hours of streaming before they are automatically disconnected. Of course you can just reconnect to continue listening. This eliminates people from keeping the stream playing for days on end. This would make it impossible to run this station from a financial standpoint.
Finally, the inexpensive operating costs (in comparison to the music). The cost of the website is only about $200/year. The streaming servers cost about $250/year, and the software used to operate the song playback is $300/year. These are the minor costs that total to about $750/year.
Now, considering I do everything for this station operation, I don't figure in a labor cost. But If I did, a qualified operation person could run about $40,000-$50,000 per year.
If we were to add everything up and average it on a monthly basis, it would look something like this:
New Music Purchase - $100.00
Other Music Purchase - $25.00
Licensing/Royalties - $200.00
Website costs - $17.00
Streaming Servers (2) - $20.00
Automation Software - $25.00
Total Monthly Costs to Operate Anime Blast Radio - The BLAST - ~$414.00
I set up a GoFundMe program to help raise initial money to support the station for three months. I have the first couple months covered, but past the second month I either get enough funds to pay for things or I shut the station down. Since I do not believe in advertising on a station such as this, donations are the ONLY method of funding this station.
Please take the time and ask yourself if an internet streaming station like Anime Blast Radio - The BLAST is worth helping out financially. If you are a heavy listener consider the value in what Anime Blast Radio - The BLAST offers you. If you are a more casual listener, realize that streaming internet stations such as Anime Blast Radio - The BLAST are becoming more and more scarce. Internet streaming is become more and more the "playground" for the big corporations.
Let's keep Anime Blast Radio - The BLAST streaming for all the fans of anime music around the world. Consider a donation to our GoFundMe operation.