Frequently Asked Questions
SpiritLive is a 24/7 web-streaming broadcast station, featuring original content produced by students of the RTA School of Media from our studios in the Allan Slaight Radio Institute at Toronto Metropolitan University.
SpiritLive’s goal is to provide RTA students with a platform from which they can create and disseminate media, putting to use the knowledge, skills, and creativity they have honed in the RTA program.
SpiritLive accepts show applications during the first two weeks of the Fall semester, and the first week of the Winter semester. Students can apply to host a weekly live show or podcast.
You must pitch your show to us through our application form. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. If you pass the interview round, your show will be greenlit and you are now an official SpiritLive Creator! New SpiritLive Creators will then be required to take part in mandatory studio training.
Podcasts are pre-produced shows that run for less than 35 minutes and are available to listen on our podcasts page. They can also be streamed through podcast platforms like Apple Podcasts and Spotify, if the creator decides to submit their RSS feed to those platforms.
SpiritLive uses an archive system to keep the recordings of episodes once live shows have been completed.
To access your show’s recordings, use the following instructions:
- Go to any RCC Apple computer
- In Finder, select Go → Connect to Server
- Enter smb://greenwood.fcad.ryerson.ca/radio and click Connect
- Enter username: guest
- Enter password: guest
If you need help with accessing your show recordings, please email us.
Podcast submissions are accepted every Monday and uploaded to our website the following Sunday.
To submit your episode, upload your audio file to your show folder and fill out the Google Form in your acceptance email (we recommend bookmarking the form link for easy access). We will then review your episode and ask for changes, if needed. You then have until the end of Wednesday to submit your revised episode.
SpiritLive Blog writer applications open every fall semester. Once we open applications, students can fill out the form and show off their writing work. Successful applicants will be selected for an interview.
If we feel that you are a fit, we will send you with an acceptance email and get you all set up for your blogs.
The amount of hours you earn will depend on what initiatives you are a part of. There is no fixed number, but hopefully these will give you a rough idea:
Live Shows: You are guaranteed to earn at least 1 hour per episode. You can earn additional hours for any work that was done prior to your live show.
Podcasts: You are responsible for logging your hours. The amount you earn will be dependent on how long you spend on pre-production, recording, and editing, and other tasks related to creating your episodes.
Blogs: You can earn 3 hours per blog article submitted and pitched on time with substantial research.
Spirit¹ Radio, specialty programming & other opportunities: Hours will vary depending on the needs of these programs and/or the SpiritLive Staff.
You can collect Creative Practice Hours through the RTA Creative Practice Hours Portal.
Once you’re logged in, click on Browse Pre-Approved Projects and search for “SpiritLive”.
If you are collecting hours for a Live Show or Podcast, scroll down and find “SpiritLive” and click Register Project. If you are collecting hours for a Blog, find “SpiritLive Blogs” and click Register Project.
Then fill out the form with the necessary information (Supervisor Phone Number: (416) 979-5000).
Once everything is filled out, click Save. And you’re all done!
All Control Room bookings are to be made through the EDC.
Here are a few helpful links that will walk you through how to upload your show to podcasting platforms using the RSS feed that we gave you.
Apple Podcasts: https://podcasters.apple.com/support/897-submit-a-show
Google Podcasts: https://podcastsmanager.google.com/add-feed