Broadcast Solutions

DEVELOPING A RADIO MINISTRY

Recording Broadcast

Your broadcast should be ready for programming when we receive them.  We do not offer any editing or production.  We are offering this information as a solution to challenges you may be facing with producing basic radio quality broadcasts.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRERECORDED MESSAGES

 

 

1. PURCHASE THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT*

  1. Recorder - Sony ICD-PX333 (Approx. $40)

  2. Microphone - Sony ECM-CS3 (Approx. $18)

  *NOTE: There are many good digital recorders available on the    
   market at various price points. However, we recommend the above
   items based on our first-hand knowledge of its operation.

 

2. CONFIGURE RECORDER

  1. Press and hold Menu/DISP

  2. Scroll to "Detail Menu."  Press enter.

  3. Scroll to "Mic Sensitivity" option.  Press enter. Choose High, Medium, or Low using arrows.  Press Enter. (Low is recommended.)

  4. Scroll to "Select Input" option.  Press enter.  Choose "Mic In".  Press Enter

  5. Scroll to "Rec Mode".  Press enter.  Choose "192KBPS(Mono)".  Press enter.

  6. Scroll to "Noise Cut Level".  Press Enter.

  7. Choose "Maximum".  Press Enter.


3. You are now ready to test your device.

  1. Insert the microphone into "RED" input.

  2. Press "Record" and test the device.

  3. When done recording, press the "Stop" button.

  4. Make several recordings.  The device will assign a number starting with the number "1".

  5. Toggle through recorded audio using left or right arrows to select preferred recording.

  6. Press "Play" to listen to recordings.

 

5. LIVE RECORDING

  1. Turn device on

  2. Make sure microphone is securely in the "Red" audio jack of recorder. 

  3. Position clip mic attachment to chest for best result

  4. Press "Rec" button to start recording.

  5. Slide left side button into the "Hold" position to avoid accidentally interrupting recording process.

  6. Place recorder in a place (like pocket) that it will not be dropped or become detached from mic

  7. When done recording slide left button back to center position then press "Stop" button to end recording.

 

6. AUDIO TRANSFER

  1. Attach designated connector end of USB cable to recording device USB port.

  2. Attach other end (USB) of cable to computer or laptop where files will be transferred.  A Explorer window should appear on the screen.

  3. Select "Voice" folder

  4. Select "Folder1" folder

  5. Windows will show all files in that folder named according to the date they were recorded. Example 160305/YYMMDD

  6. Select appropriate file to transfer to your computer

 

7. EDITING AUDIO

  1. RealPlayer

 

8.  AUDIO FILE TAGGING (metadata)

  1. Download and install “TagScanner” (or another similar tagging program). “TagScanner” is a free program.

  2. Go to YouTube to view the tutorials for this program

  3. The following fields must be populated on your tags

  4. TITLE: Use the title of your sermon/teaching

  5. ARTIST: Use the Pastor’s or Ministry Leader’s name

  6. ALBUM: Use the title of your broadcast, if you have one, along with the name of your ministry or the name of your church

  7. COVER ART: Use the church or ministry logo or use the Pastor’s photo. The dimensions of the logo/photo should be a square. The logo/photo must be in a .jpg format before it is attached to the audio file (.mp3)

 

9. RECORDING INTROS AND OUTROS

  1. The intro and outro should be generic so that it can be used for every broadcast

  2. Be mindful of the length of time of your intro and outro. More time used on these will mean less time for the audience to hear your actual preaching/teaching

  3. Here are some things to consider when recording the introduction to your broadcast:

  • Welcome the listening the audience

  • Announce the name of the church and/or ministry

  • Announce the location of the church or base of your ministry

  • Announce the name of the pastor/ministry leader

  • Encourage the hearer to stay tuned with wording that leads into the teaching

 

10. Here are some things to consider when recording the outro to
       your broadcast

  1. Thank the hearer for listening in

  2. Invite the hearer to come and fellowship at your church

  3. Briefly give the days and times of your regularly scheduled services/events

  4. State your church motto/slogan

  5. Invite the listeners to tune in for your next broadcast

  6. Invite the listeners to connect with you via your website or social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.). Use these tools to publicize more information about your church/ministry, your regular schedule, and upcoming special events

  7. Give specific details about your location

INITIAL FINANCING

Luke 8 (NLT)

 

Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.

 

Producing a radio broadcast is the easiest part of radio ministry.  The greatest challenge is consistency and expansion.  To help alleviate some of those stresses from this challenge, we encourage you to follow the model set by Jesus in Luke 8.  Solicit members, family and friends to become your ministry supporters just as Jesus did!  That monthly contribution would be tax deductible.   Below you will find a few suggestion to help you with the foundations of initiating, structuring and maintaining your ministry.  The primary purposes of this information would be to help ministers develop another stream of income and promote quality productions.

 

This is not to be considered legal advice but a resource as you are pulling all of your pieces together for ministry.

 

  1. Names - Ministry/Radio Broadcast

  2. 501(c)(3) - If you are not running your broadcast through your church, you will need a separate 501(c)(3) in order to legally receive contributions.  If you need a 501(c)(3) or more information, we recommend you call Bishop Wilfert Lee at 314-562-1323.

  3. Website - Having a way for prospective supporters of your ministry to reach you and you communicate with them on a regular basis.  A website is a perfect solution.  It provides immediate information to visitors and availability to your library, bookstore and booking information.  There are a multiplicity of website services out there but we suggest you strongly consider Wix.com as they provide a plethora of features and additional premium services.

 

Your website is a reflection of you and your caliber of ministry so don't rush the organization and layout process.  Also, be sure to keep all of your online outlets current and fresh.  We encourage you to keep everything simple and easy to read.

 

  1. Partners - As we shared with you earlier, ministry partners is the model used by Jesus during His earthly ministry. This area needs to be well organized and the individuals treated special as they are literally helping you fulfill your assignment. You should make every attempt to communicate with them on a monthly basis to thank them, keep them apprised of your schedule, salute all new partners, ask for they continued support, inform them of progress made on any projects, provide a list of ministry prayer needs and direct them to the "website" for monthly contribution.

  2. Volunteers - The apostle Paul states emphatically in Ephesians 4, "every joint supplies."  There is no need to feel overwhelmed at all by the work that it takes to sustain and expand your radio broadcast.  It is now time to canvass your circle of family and friends to start building your team of volunteers.  This is the perfect time to approach people that do not belong to your church but appreciate your ministry.  Don’t assume they are too busy or would not want to join in at this level; let them make the decisions!

 

You should begin by telling those you approach about this opportunity that has come to you and your desire to go beyond the current places where you currently minister and in order to get there you need to assemble a team of people to help you achieve your vision.  Before you meet with your team of volunteers, find an excellent administrator to help you organize you and your new ministry that will include radio.  Be sure at your first meeting to continuously thank them for volunteering their services to help you bring your vision to pass.

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