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 Ryerson 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 their 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 get your hours signed in-person by your point of contact.
In the event that you can’t meet with them, there is a Creative Practice Hours drop box in the SpiritLive Office (RCC 162E – located in the Allan Slaight Radio Institute). Drop off your form in the red bin, and once it’s signed it will be in the green bin for you to pick up at your convenience. Please fill in all your information before dropping off your form!
No – all Control Room bookings are to be made through the EDC.
If your podcast has submitted all prerequisites, including description and logo (3000px by 3000px), we will generate an RSS feed link for you. This link will need to be submitted to Apple and Spotify, or wherever else you want your podcast to show up.
Podcasts will be added to your RSS feed at the same time as they are made available for streaming on the SpiritLive site. See “I have a SpiritLive Podcast. How do I get my podcast episodes on the website” above for information on how to get your podcast on our website.
Alternatively, you can host your podcast yourself. There are many podcast hosting services or WordPress plugins available.