Premium Option for Station Listing
This was brought up for years at the old Live365 especially in the old forums. A premium listing option for the top position in the genre page and /or station page screen capture on Live365 main page. ( see image. yes, I used my station ;)
It could also be a tick box option on the broadcaster page and automatically added to the monthly streaming charge. Untick the box at anytime during the month to not be charged for the next month.
If there was more than one premium listing, they could rotate on a fair algorithm depending on how many there were. Like a change every screen refresh. Not only does this add $$$ to the Live365 bank account, it allows lesser listened to stations get a chance for more exposure. Seems like a win/win for everyone.
This would also give NEW stations exposure and a chance to let LIVE365 listeners know they exist! I'm willing to pay for ads...I need the promotion as a new station.
ditto. i've brought this up where we need a "station spotlight" where we can rotate through all the other stations and have a chance to be seen on the front page from time to time.
We may want to give the new stations 10 to 14 days to fine tune their station before putting them on 'blast.'
I don't like this because if more than 1 person pays the upcharge, they're still paying the same monthly rate but having to share the top spot with multiple other stations. It was fine the way it was on the old Live365... the station with the highest monthly TLH was at the top.
CHris From Rockade Radio
I agree with Maggie here. paying a Premium to one up on another station is downright wrong and downright favoritism. people are already paying a high price to run their stations and here you suggest that live365 gauge more money?! no way.
I agree..... Long as the few is fair.....I don’t think it would cost that much.... If we all rotation fairly.... I think we would all agree the price is fair....
I say make it a bidding situation like Google uses. The highest bidder gets the slot for a week.
Tom Michaes (Program Director Power 96 One)
This would be impotent for stations with repeat listeners. Our station could be near or at the top. It could be top of a listener's search if they ticked a box to make it a favorite station like in Intune, IHeart, and Pandora.
Chris From Loud Blast Radio
I say it again. this is not a good idea. this favoritism and we should not be endorsing this kind of practice. they idea could hurt new and small broadcasters not helping them. live365 need to be it own self and not be like other services like youtube.
James Yokers Merged
Offer stations to 'buy space' in order to place their logo and streaming link on the Live365 Web Site landing page. Offer a tiered approach i.e., “anchor” stations who pay a monthly or annual premium for top of page placement. Then allow for other stations' placements based on a date range/page placement rate card (i.e. 1 month in a "featured station" section of the landing page for a specific fee). Also consider charging a smaller fee for premium search placement where a station is listed at
"Allow stations to 'buy' their way onto the Live365 Landing Page" (suggested by James Yokers on 2019-11-21), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
As a dissenting view, I think it should be the opposite: Station placement should be 100% random with every page-load. As others have mentioned here, with a buy-in placement scheme all you end up with is multiple buy-ins vying for the top spot, and nothing changes except the thickness of people's wallets. If placement is based on TLH, what you end up with is "American Top 40" weighting - and though broad appeal is fine, there's a simple truism: generally the wider your intended audience, the more generic must be your content. With that scheme, stations that play unusual, more involving music (like prog-rock, world music, etc.,) get shoved to the bottom because they have less LCD mass-appeal.
I think a better alternative is a simple return to something the "old" Live365 did: An "Editor's Pick" that would get promoted as a Featured Station, right smack in the middle of the site's index page, with a new one picked every month from the total pool of L365 stations.