Running Azuracast on Reclaim Cloud

Following-up on my last post about Reclaim Radio, here is how I got the web radio software Azuracast up and running. The process was made easy by the fact that Azuracast has instructions on how to self-install a Docker instance of their software. Even better, Reclaim Hosting now has Reclaim Cloud that just so happens to allow you to install Docker containers quite easily.

To begin with you will need to setup a Docker Engine on Reclaim Cloud by clicking on the downward-facing arrow next to the Docker tab:

After that select Docker Engine:

At the next prompt create the domain (reclaimradio.uk.reclaim.cloud), name the server (Reclaim Radio), and decide in what region you want the app to live (UK).

After the Docker Engine is created you can login to the web SSH tool and create the azuracast within the var directory:

mkdir -p /var/azuracast

After that, change directories:

cd /var/azuracast

From within the azurcast directory download their Docker Utility Script:

curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/AzuraCast/AzuraCast/master/docker.sh docker.sh

Set it as executable:

chmod a+x docker.sh

And then run the Docker installation process:
./docker.sh install

Soon after that the container with the Azuracast software will be up and running.

Keep in mind, you will want to make sure you define the domain as the custom domain you want the software to run in, in our example it is reclaimrad.io version reclaimradio.uk.reclaim.cloud. This is important when installing the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate through the application.
./docker.sh letsencrypt-create reclaimrad.io

Finally, you will want to point an A record for the custom domain name to the container’s public IP address where ever you manage DNS, for this instance I was using the Zone Editor in cPanel for reclaimrad.io.

At this point you can login to Azuracast and start managing the application, here is a good guide to get you started on that journey.

Reclaim On the Radio

Can it be 10 days ago already? Yes indeed it can be, on April 24th Meredith and I chatted on ds106radio about a wide range of things from wire106 to Mt Trashmore to remote working during COVID-19 to her phenomenal work as support manager at Reclaim Hosting and beyond.  Meredith has already posted the conversation on her blog (Domain of her own!), and the following audio has both the conversation and a little TGIF series of songs on the ds106radio:

This reminds me of a project I started over a week ago but have not returned to, basically creating separate server for reclaimrad.io (nothing working there yet) using AzuraCast. Digital Ocean has an imaged Droplet for AzuraCast that I installed, and I have just not taken the time to work through AzuraCast, but that’s on the docket for this week.

Image of Azuracast droplet on Digital OCean

Image of AzuraCast droplet on Digital OCean

But beyond the technicalities, the idea behind reclaimradio is to have a radio station that we add songs to as we’re all working remotely to create a sense of connection for us to have in the background. That already existed at the Reclaim Hosting physical offices via Spotify, but this would be more intentional, folks can add songs, choose to DJ, or just banter. Who knows if it will work or not, but we’ll never know if I don’t get off my ass and make it happen. 

Image of Taylor Jadin Radio

Taylor Jadin has created his own radio station and spinning it up and down via API calls whenever he needs it to save money and basically create and destroy a personal radio station as needed. I love the way his station page looks and I want to hear more about that process, might be a good excuse for a ds106radio conversation that he can x-cast to his radio ?