The Music 1 Way

Music scheduling software came to us in the early 80s. Radio music directors were soon spending two hours a day editing the logs and fixing scheduling screw-ups.  The pen-paper rotation systems that were previously used to schedule music required less than two hours a week.  So, scheduling software took a two hour job and made it be a 14 hour job.  Today , the average is reduced to just under an hour per-schedule.  Music 1 usersget it done in under 10 minutes.  In the hour that it takes to schedule/edit a daily programming log with other software, M1 users get the whole week finished.

The mainstream algorithm has a design flaw that creates the scenario that then requires so much work. Some songs schedule too frequently; some songs don't schedule as often as they should. And  there's the problem of "clustering" whereby songs of certain types schedule too close together and songs that are supposed to get play in all dayparts are heard primarily in just one or two dayparts.  Music 1's alt-algorithm guarantees against both of those flaws. Every song in each category gets the same number of spins. There is no clustering.

The alt-Algorithm of Music 1
Certainly, t
he music schedule must be edited if the station is going to sound the way it should. It's something of a traffic problem. One category of songs is formatted for 7 plays a day, another group's songs should play 3 times a day, another group is to schedule 9 times a week. The desired tempo-flow is specified. Songs of certain types are to be spread evenly. Some songs are restricted from play in certain hours.  As the scheduling gears turn, the software encounters slots where all of its song choices violate one or more rules.  The software then either selects the least-objectionable rule(s) to break, or it leaves the slot empty to be filled by the music director's edit. Music 1 doesn't work that way.

Interactive Music Scheduling
Fix it as you build it. One way or another a human is going to have to make some song choices and log edits if the stations content and music flow is to be superior. With the traditional algorithm, the music director edits the log after the scheduling run (an hour's work). With M1's alt-algorithm, the music director edits during the scheduling run (under 10 minutes).

M1 is the tool for hand-crafted music flow. This radically simple solution delivers perfect song rotations. Category spin-counts and song placement are always consistent for all songs in each category; none get over-scheduled, no songs get under-played.  You will immediately hear the difference in your music selection and flow.