20 Mar ROOTIO – Technological changes high connectivity and participation all fits in a bucket
Grassroots Radio’s new factsheet is out! This piece of information provides an overview of RootIO, the free/open technology stack facilitated within the project. RootIO combines low-power community FM with contemporary Internet communication technologies for a very low cost, thus facilitating the operation of low power FM radio stations in communities that depend on FM radio the most such those involved in the Grassroots Radio project.
Rather than have one station span a large area, RootIO advocates for the proliferation of more but smaller stations, each serving a local neighborhood or town, a segment of the would-be listenership of a large radio station. To this effect, RootIO stations are low power and cover a fraction of the area of a typical station, with lower cost implications for capital and operations. This also means that local issues can be easily discussed and deliberated, and local music and culture can be heard. That said, stations can also join together for regional or national programming.
The Rootio architecture relies on 3 main components: a web-based studio, the Android RootIO phone app as transmission site, and the low power FM transmitter.
To learn more about RootIO, read the factsheet at this link.