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The only “live” at the station audio I do is very infrequent, the occasional comment or PSA. The closest I’ve been to a live show was recent experiments with HamSphere. Since it was on the fly, I wasn’t using automation and had to announce. It was great fun because I could “see” who was listening and direct my comments to each person.
I do carry two “live streams”, The Radio Dan show and The Kevin Smith Show. Zara Radio automation picks them up on a schedule.
As a one man station, I have tested broadcasting from the field using streaming over the internet. Zara Radio automation is setup for the scheduled live stream. Using a laptop where an internet connection is available I plug my audio into it and using ShoutCast stream it back to the station. If you are behind a firewall that you can’t open, ShoutCast can’t “see” you but the stream still goes out.
Personally, I think if a phone line were available I’d setup a phone-patch. There’s no latency or drop-out problems. Without using a CODEC the frequency response wouldn’t be great but most AM radios have limited response anyway. And, with a little assistance music could be played at the station using the phone line for voice only.