Turn Zoom into a radio channel

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The other day I went to a Zoom writing evening for the postcard campaign. About 40 people attended the event, and they were a lively and entertaining group. But what I found most interesting about the afternoon was that at some point our Zoom room doubled as a radio station.

We were there, busy writing postcards to the addresses of constituents that we had been given, and suddenly, Gil Scott-Heron “The revolution will not be televised” started coming out of our computers. As the music continued, I asked the host how she did that.

“Well, I’m just playing my speaker into the laptop’s microphone,” she replied.

It sounded pretty good for such a simple arrangement. I guess another way to do this would be to go to “share screen”, then check “share computer sound”, then play a Youtube music video – or something like that.

Maybe at some point Zoom will offer a music background feature that’s no different from its “choose virtual background” option in video settings. Until then, an external speaker or “computer sound sharing” seem like good options.

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About Matthew Lasar

Matthew Lasar is Radio Survivor’s co-founder and chief commercial officer. He is the author of Radio 2.0: Uploading the First Broadcast Medium (http://tinyurl.com/jr8uknk) and teaches history at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Likes: DJs, classical music, Disco, postpunk, cats, free school canteens. Dislikes: Money, ideologies, claims that technology will solve everything. Follow him on Twitter at @matthewlasar. Email him at [email protected]


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