Posted: Aug 15, 2007 7:17 pm
I don't mean to sound like a snot here and I know all about the very tight budgets that community radio stations face, but I do consider myself experienced with this subject. Six years ago I created, from scratch, an audio archival system for a radio station. The cost was almost negligible.
this costs $30. there is probably something similar out there that's free. you could easily run this on a crappy donated computer.
At the time we were afraid of copyright issues which is why the station I worked at chose simply to use the archives for rebroadcast and posterity. They were not offered for download by the station, but some DJs chose to put copies of their shows on their personal websites.
so anyway, budget should not be used as an excuse here. reservations about copyright, perhaps. but WFMU definitely isn't the only community station that hosts their own archives.