Technology at Geneseo Community School District 228
Often on the weekends I find myself on the road during Geneseo Football away games. To get a score update I have depended on online local news sites which update scores from time to time. The ideal solution would be to have Geneseo’s radio station WGRG simply stream online and be playable by the iphone or other similar portable devices. Early this week I was notified that the online streaming server had gone down and the online feed was no longer available. This situation presented the perfect opportunity to revisit the online streaming systyem and reconfigure it to work on mobile devices (as well as computers). I have setup a new PC using the latest build of Icecast 2.3.2 and Edcast and this time put it behind a battery backup APC unit (the last machine was fried). In this new system I am streaming the radio station using the OGG Vorbis format along with the lame mp3 encoder utilizing the M3U container. This setup stays true to my belief in utilizing free open source software whenever possible. Icecast, edcast, the lame mp3 encoder are all available free of charge.
With FStream I configured the player with the following settings. First simply add a station or edit the default station in FStream.
The settings must match this exactly or the stream will fail to load. The URL is hard to read in the photo so here it is again URL http://homepage.dist228.org:8001/stream.ogg
After saving these settings go back to the main FStream page and simply click on the Stream to start it playing.
The WGRG online stream also works with Windows Media Player, ITunes, and many other popular audio players. Here is a link to the Online Stream WGRG Online Stream
Also one other thing, to enable FStream to work on the Edge or 3g cellular network you need to enable one more setting. Click on FStream then click on MORE near the bottom. Now turn the slider on Cellular network from Off to On.