Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Open-Source Radioware

Filed under
Software

Last weekend I was sick with a fever and was dreaming crazy dreams in the middle of the night. For some reason I kept noodling in my brain about Hugh Hewitt and Salem Communications. Hewitt is a writer, blogger and popular conservative talk-show host. Salem is a large broadcast group owner with a Christian mission. It also owns the Salem Radio Network, which syndicates Hewitt, Michael Medved and other personalities.

I had no idea why this stuff was happening in my dreams, but I blabbed about it in my blog anyway, because I was still sick and lacked the energy to blab about anything else.

So a couple days of later I heard from a reader in Ireland who said maybe I was dreaming about Salem for a pretty good reason. Seems that Salem Radio Labs develops and distributes GPLed open-source applications for operating radio stations. The writer was especially turned on by Rivendell, described this way on its index page:

Rivendell aims to be a complete radio broadcast automation solution, with facilities for the acquisition, management, scheduling and playout of audio content. As a robust, functionally complete digital audio system for broadcast radio applications, Rivendell uses industry standard components like the GNU/Linux Operating System, the AudioScience HPI Driver Architecture and the MySQL Database Engine. Rivendell is being developed under the GNU Public License.

Radio is a subject that has been dear to my heart and brain ever since I was a kid. Longtime Linux Journal readers know I'll find any excuse to go off on a radio tangent. Well, now I have a real good one.

As soon as I looked through Salem Labs' site, I got in touch with Fred Gleason, Director of Broadcast Software Development for Salem Radio Labs, and told him I'd like to do a Q&A with him. He got back (and forth) almost immediately. Here's a selection from the dialog:

Full Article.

More in Tux Machines

Graphics News

More of today's howtos

GNOME News: Black Lab Drops GNOME and Further GNOME Experiments in Meson

  • Ubuntu-Based Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 Drops GNOME 3 for MATE Desktop
    Coming about two weeks after the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11, which is based on the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system using the HWE (hardware enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 appears to be an unexpected maintenance update addressing a few important issues reported by users lately.
  • 3.26 Developments
    My approach to development can often differ from my peers. I prefer to spend the early phase of a cycle doing lots of prototypes of various features we plan to implement. That allows me to have the confidence necessary to know early in the cycle what I can finish and where to ask for help.
  • Further experiments in Meson
    Meson is definitely getting more traction in GNOME (and other projects), with many components adding support for it in parallel to autotools, or outright switching to it. There are still bugs, here and there, and we definitely need to improve build environments — like Continuous — to support Meson out of the box, but all in all I’m really happy about not having to deal with autotools any more, as well as being able to build the G* stack much more quickly when doing continuous integration.

Fedora and Red Hat