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· Uncategorized

The Category 35% Rule

This Doesn’t Do What We Think It Might DoThis is a minor category rule that seems more important than it actually is. The “Allow Repeat after X-% of Song have played…”  You should leave that box at the 35% default.  The only reason for it is to ensure that some songs do not  come up much too early after a…

Steve Warren

· Categories

Category Rules 101

 The most important rules are those you set in Format clocks. Category rules are minor few and as a general policy it is best to leave these with the default settings.  The video below covers everything you see on thje Category rules screen. It runs five minutes.

Steve Warren

· Uncategorized

Adding New Announcements into Rotation

Spread Them OutWhen new items are added to a non-music category, they appear at the bottom of the list.  Here’s how to spread them through the list so they new ones won’t schedule close together.  The other way is to simply shuffle the category a few times. The video is less than two minutes.

Steve Warren

· Formatting

Year End Countdown

Scheduling the Year End Top Hits CountdownA couple of calls came in this week asking about how do to this.  Here’s a four-minute instructrion video about it.This function uses a Selection category and only the Pro edition of M1 has those.

Steve Warren

· Formatting

Christmas Formatting - A bit of History

Handling so many songs with the same title Here’s as link to my Christmas Formatting article.A long time ago, it was common for Pop music stations to not add Holiday music until Christmas week., strange as that may seem now.  But then again, there wasn’t much to choose from.  Yes, there was that wonderful, timeless Elvis Christmas album released in ’57.  “Blue…

Steve Warren

· Mechanics

Delete and Re-schedule Logs

There will come a time when you need to do this.You may have scheduled through next Monday the 11th when you have last minute need to re-schedule Friday the 8th.  To do that, you can just click/select that Log date and hit the delete key on the keyboard. You can then reschedule that date. However, if you do that be aware…

Steve Warren

· Radio Stuff

Olbermann On One-to-One Communication

We have, all of us, but One listenerOutside the USA, Keith Olbermann is probably unknown. Here he is recognized as a broadcasting writing and on-air performance genius. He has worked for big time sports stations in LA and NYC. He’s worked for CNN, NBC. Cable news MSNBC was launched with his nightly newscast as the cornerstone. Two American TV series…

Steve Warren

· Radio Stuff

How Many Songs Should I Be Playing?

Mike Joseph Invented The Tight List…in 1958.The question comes to me with some regularity.  How many songs does a successful music radio station have in its library.  My half-joking reply is: Probably half the number of songs you are now playing. There really is no winning number.  Top rated Current-Hits stations play fewer than 500.  Stations going after older demos…

Steve Warren

· Formatting

Standard Rule Enforcement Settings

Enforce Only the Formatting Rules That You Use Music 1 has more rules settings than 99.5% of people need.  That last half percent would be the music director whose job is to produce music schedules for dozens of stations or streams each day. He could use the Breakable and Un-Breakable rules hierarchy and Alternative categories then set M1 to run…

Steve Warren

· Radio Stuff

The Death of Radio?

That’s What the Man Said Bob Lefsetz is a bodacious blogger about all things and culture. Primarily, he is a music guy who seems to know every living person involved in the music business or else someone who does know the famous person. His blog post with that headline hit the first of the week and, of course, has gotten …

Steve Warren