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Oh no, I haven’t got a microphone…Hang on, Yes I Have!

You want to make a recording to play on your radio station. Perhaps it’s a message to go before a song request; maybe you need to broadcast an emergency message; or maybe you

Live Scripts -to Read or Not to Read

Live scripts are a great way to communicate information to your listener in a personal way (not just in canned commercial format). Station promos and announcements, community notices and even commercials.

Most stations

Useful Phrases for Voice Breaks

When an announcer is on air, it is important that their continuity is understandable, and gives clear direction to the listener. For example, a phrase like “coming up” is great, because it keeps

Automated Radio #8: Music

Music

Welcome to the final instalment in our series on running an automated radio station.

An automated radio station can continue to run uninterrupted…indefinitely (provided you have your Windows Update Auto Restart turned

Automated Radio #7: Use Metadata

Use Metadata

Welcome to the final installment in our series on running an automated radio station.

Yesterday we talked about voice tracking to provide an announcer’s voice in an automated programme. Unless you

Automated Radio #6: Voice Tracks

Voice Tracks

A Voice Track is a recorded DJ announcement, that is scheduled and played between songs or programmes. It is specific to that one time, and is not repeated. It gives the

Automated Radio #5: Promotion

Promotion

Success for a radio station, is getting listeners…and keeping them! One of the best ways of doing this, is giving them a reason to stay listening.

A station needs to promote its

Automated Radio #4: Special Music Shows

Special Music Shows

Some stations like to set aside some of their air time for specialist music programmes – for example: one hour of Drum ‘n’ Bass on Friday evening, or Worship music

Automated Radio #3: Spoken Features

Spoken Features

Perhaps the strength of your station is your music format. Of course, you don’t want to mess with that. Play the right music, and play it as much as you can.

Automated Radio #2: Station IDs

In my country, all radio stations are required by law to identify themselves a minimum of once per hour. OK, that’s the legal requirements…but what about the relational requirements?

Come on folks, radio

Automated Radio # 1: What is an Automated Station?

What is an Automated Station?

An automated radio station is a station that operates automatically, using radio software. It is programmed to play certain audio at certain times, and it can keep playing

Music Library Tips #5: High Rotation Playlists

As I mentioned in this blog topic last Thursday, playing songs more often is a means of introducing new songs and making them known. As we all know, it is the favourites of

Music Library Tips #4: Core Artists

When you are building a radio station music library from scratch, it is important that you have a clear picture of what will define your station sound. One helpful tool in this process,

Music Library Tips #3: The music library is a living organism

Our bodies are a wonder! Every day, as we take in food and liquid, our bodies create new cells, and discard old ones. Here’s the amazing part; in this process, we don’t lose

Music Library Tips #2: Build the right sized music library

There is a balance to this.

A smaller library means that your listener will get to hear each song more often. This is good if you want to build the listener’s familiarity with

Music Library Tips #1: Get Inside Your Listener's Mind

So, you want to start your own radio station. Good on you. And you want to play music. Great. And your cousin has a hard drive with half a million songs – so