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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...

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,...

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....

Math to Set Up Perfect Music Rotations

When a station analyzes its music system, it should examine how songs rotate. A large library can sound like a handful of songs if they play at the same time of day. On the...

Tips For Perfect Song Segues

Every single thing that happens on-air is essential. That's particularly true for music stations, including music scheduling, coding, and producing the station's sound. How songs fit together enhances the listening experience, but most programmers...

Music Sequencing: How To Avoid Train Wreck Segues

Scheduling music for a radio station is an art supported by science. There are many ways to express art based on the artist's vision. Some music artists, particularly in the Variety Hits format, think...

The Power of the Platoon In Music Scheduling

  Armies are highly organized machines that depend on leadership to manage complex operations. They organize troops into platoons that can be activated at any time. This concept can be applied to music scheduling. Smart...

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. Packeting songs is a common (and powerful) tool that provides...
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