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5 Immutable Laws of Music Scheduling

With a nod to Ries and Trout's 22 Immutable Laws Of Marketing, there are several fundamentals of managing a radio station's music database. There are many variables for each music system, but several basics...

Programming Countdown Shows

Countdown shows were once a staple of hit music stations. They're still popular when programmed properly, but a good countdown requires more than just sequencing the top songs. Here's how to program countdown shows. Countdown...

Are Long Music Sweeps Still Relevant?

Long music sweeps sound like a great idea, and there’s evidence that the tactic works to manipulate ratings, at least based on detailed studies of meter carriers. The theory is to clear the off-ramps...

The Three Song Music Analysis Technique

Great music programmers apply science (music structure) and art (sequencing the songs) to produce a consistent and interesting music log. The Three Song Music Analysis technique is one of the best ways to spot-check...

The Push Button Music Analysis

Here’s a fast and easy way to evaluate the musical appeal of your radio station. The Push-Button Music Analysis replicates how most listeners tune in (and out) of stations, particularly while driving. It's a...

Build Perfect Music Clocks

"Okay, let's build perfect music clocks" is enough to drive any programming pro mad. It's one of the most frustrating and difficult programming tasks imaginable. Most end up compromising the sound of the station,...

Power Up Your Music Seminar on Demand

Contemporary problems require contemporary solutions, and radio programmers face many new problems. This all-new seminar shows broadcasters why your audience is declining even as you put more and more emphasis on research, data, and...

Play the Christmas Hits: And Here’s What Those Hits Are

Whether flipping to an All-Christmas format or just adding songs to an existing format, radio programmers should follow a longstanding programming guideline: Play the hits. But what are the Christmas hits? There are so...

Perfect Music Categories: Step By Step

Most programmers know how important it is to get the math right in music rotations. And few would argue against playing the right songs as judged and expected by the target audience. Right? Right....

Guide to Get Sound Coding Right

You spend hours and hours coding songs. It is time well spent because it is the foundation of a music station, but most music software programs are poorly coded, especially when it comes to...
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