New York’s station builders, building out of their garage and the local garage market, could soon be coming to the United States.
The New York Times reports that a startup called Cascadia Radio, which specializes in building and managing radio stations in the area, has begun work on a software program that would make it easier for anyone to purchase and manage radio stations.
“There are a lot of platforms out there,” said co-founder and chief executive officer Sam Cascadano.
“There’s a lot that people have done in the past.
This is the first time that we have really designed the platform from scratch.
The idea is to bring in a whole new ecosystem.”
Cascadia has raised $6.5 million from the likes of Qualcomm Ventures and the likes, and has been working on its software since last year.
It’s also got a big head start: The company is building out the first wave of stations and has already signed deals with several major music companies.
While it’s a big step in the right direction, the company says it won’t be available for the general public until sometime in 2019.
Cascadian says the software won’t take over the industry just yet, but that it’s aiming to have it available for commercial use by then.
That’s why Cascada is building a “minimalist” platform that will have all the tools and the right tools for the average user.
Cascadian’s software will also include features like an intuitive interface, an “audience management” system, a “community hub” that will host forums, and a “local” and “local station” page that will let anyone who wants to connect with the station builder in real-time.
Crescadano said the software will be available by the end of the year, though it will be updated as needed.
The software is being built with the help of “big data” analytics software, and is already used by many of the major music players that are also building out their own stations in Cascadas home town.
“The big data is there, the technology is there,” Cascado said.
“You can build something really great for yourself, for your family, for people that you know.
You can build a whole ecosystem for yourself and build a lot more.”