At Backbone Networks we often receive request for sources of audio programming and broadcast content.  Often these requests also ask us for a legal opinion.  Because every station’s needs and legal status are different we can not provide the legal advice required and refer them back to their attorneys.  With that said, there are many sources available on the Internet which you may be able to use.  Here are some of those broadcast content sources.

Public Radio Broadcast Content

PRX logoThe Public Radio Exchange is an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming. PRX is also a growing social network and community of listeners, producers, and stations collaborating to reshape public radio.

Public Domain Musical Content

MusOpen logoMusopen is focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.

Non-Commercial Broadcast Content

Internet Archive LogoThe Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.

WFMU free music archive logoThe Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads.  The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America.  Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.

Audio Production and Podcast Content

Broadcast Content from Creative CommonsCreative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Broadcast Content from ccmixterccMixter is a community music remixing site featuring remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses.

Music on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons license. You are free to download and sample from music on this site and share the results with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Some songs might have certain restrictions, depending on their specific licenses. Each submission is marked clearly with the license that applies to it.

royalty free music broadcast contentRoyaltyFreeMusic.com offers a library full of over 12,000 tracks of high quality royalty-free music, background music, production music, film music, music for video production, on hold music, production music, bumper music for television and other royalty-free stock music for multi-media projects. The royalty-free music library collection of on hold music can be used across industries by professionals to help with customer service and sales.

Associations, Copyright and Legal Resources

  • BEA, the Broadcast Education Association focuses on the most current thinking and developments in the electronic media curriculum with emphasis on interaction between the purposes, developments, and practices of the industry and imparting this information to future professionals.

  • CMA, the College Media Advisers, has been working since 1954 to help student media professionals improve their media operations. If you serve collegiate newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, radio, television, online, or cable operations in any capacity, let us serve you.

  • IBS, the Intercollegiate Broadcast System, your trusted experienced resource for over 70 years!IBS is your international voice for college radio and webcasting.