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Campcaster Screenshot
Developer(s) Sourcefabric
Initial release 2004
Stable release 1.4.1 beta / 29 November 2010
Operating system Linux
Available in English; translatable
Type Radio Automation Software
License GNU General Public License v2

Campcaster is a free and open source[1] radio management application for live broadcasting, remote broadcast automation (via web-based scheduler), and program exchange between radio stations. Campcaster was designed to allow implementation in a number of use scenarios, ranging from an unmanned broadcast unit accessed from remote through the Internet to a local network of Campcaster machines inside a radio station handling live broadcasts and delivering program automation by accessing a central audio storage system.[2]


The initial concept for Campcaster, originally named LiveSupport, was developed in 2003 by Micz Flor, a German new-media developer. The concept was further developed by Ákos Maróy, a software developer and then-member of Tilos Radio, Robert Klajn, a radio producer at Radio B92, and Douglas Arellanes and Sava Tatić from the Media Development Loan Fund (MDLF). The initial development was financed from a grant from the Open Society Institute's Information Program, through its ICT Toolsets initiative. The development was originally coordinated by MDLF through its initiative, now spun off as the independent not-for-profit organisation Sourcefabric.


  • Studio: a desktop application for live shows or scheduling automated playback.
  • Web: an HTML interface for remote scheduling of automated playback.
  • Scheduler: a daemon which plays songs at their designated time. There is an XML-RPC interface for the Scheduler.
  • Storage Server: stores audio files and playlists and allows access to them via XML-RPC.


Despite the early enthusiasm and early adequate funding, Campcaster has yet to gain a greater foothold among radio broadcasters. A new Campcaster development team was recruited by Sourcefabric in June 2010, and the software has been deployed by Open Broadcast, a user generated radio station transmitting on Digital Audio Broadcasting frequencies in Switzerland.[3]

Airtime rewrite[edit]

In January 2011, Sourcefabric announced a rewrite of Campcaster, beginning with the 1.6 beta release.[4] The new product, known as Airtime, replaces the C++ scheduler of Campcaster with Liquidsoap, and includes a drag and drop web interface based on jQuery.[5]

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