Every programmer know their strongest songs, or at least they should. They’re those big hits that come on and you know listeners are turning it up. These are the songs that guarantee you’ll win the button-punch test. That’s when you punch buttons between several competitors to see who’s winning the song-to-song battle at that moment. It would be great if every song were a mega-hit. But they’re not. So good programmers sprinkle them consistently through their clocks. That’s called the spoke theory of music programming
Spokes hold wheels together and keep them spinning. Without spokes, a wheel would spin out of control and eventually become distorted and useless. Think of programming clocks as the wheel. The spokes are the most valuable songs in your music library. If the spokes are all in one side of the wheel, the wheel is unbalanced. And if power category songs all fall in the same place, your clock isn’t balanced.
The spoke theory is the key to consistent music programming and library management. Using spokes( the biggest hits) to protect weaker songs allows the luxury of a slightly larger music library with little quality compromise.