Wednesday, October 28, 2020

How to Fix Music Rotation Problems

It would be nice that every problem had a simple solution, like a cause and effect. Problems would be so easy to trace. But radio programming isn't like that. It's more complex. That's why...

How To Sort Music Categories: Deep & Narrow or Shallow & Wide

It's great to have music research that provides a map of what titles to play, but when it comes time to sort music into categories, it takes more than a spreadsheet with numbers. Programmers...

Math to Set Up Perfect Music Rotations

Whenever a station conducts an analysis of their music system, the first stop should always be to examine how songs are rotating. This is the single most common source of problems in a music...

Applying the Art of Music Scheduling

The difference between great radio stations and good radio stations is art, not science. Of course, all great stations have a solid foundation. That's science. But have you heard stations that just sound magical? They...

Considerations To Program New Music

A lot of programmers aren't going to like this, and many won't agree with it, mostly because they don't want to agree with it. It's about how to program new music, one of the most controversial...

The Pros and Cons of Packeting Songs

Radio programmers either love or hate the idea of packeting songs in a music scheduling system. And there are good reasons for both emotions. This article explains how, when and why packeting songs is a...

How Music Segmentation Drives Radio Ratings

In analyzing hundreds of perceptual studies for clients, it’s clear that two primary characteristics correlate most to ratings success and stations that over-achieve: Audience Satisfaction And Passion For the Music Mix A Truly Fun...

How Shorter Attention Should Affect Song Selection

In the past, programmers generally accepted a music programming strategy that started with a code more suitable for physicians: Do no harm. That's still good advice for Doctors but it no longer works for...

Music Repetition Is A Programmer’s Friend

In some ways, Program Directors are like medical doctors. A doctor's primary goal is to “do no harm”. Removing negatives and potential barriers to listening is an irresistible emotion. But when it comes to...

8 Steps To Getting Music Tempo Coding Right

One of the most agonizing tasks for a programmer is managing the music library. It's also one of the most important. Of the hundreds of settings in your music software, music tempo coding is...

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Feature: First World Problems

First World Problems are a universal topic, and can be a source for relating to your audience in a fun and humorous way. There's many...