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Formatting the Year End Countdown 2022

The single most listened to Thing on music radio is the Countdown. People love lists, of course and we soon learned that people remember to tune back in for the countdown shows. Early Rock ‘n Roll radio stations had all kinds.  There was the Weekly Top 40 Countdown, yes.  There was the countdown of the

Steve Warren

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Christmas 2022

Strange to you but back in early days of Rock ‘n Roll Radio, most stations didn’t add Christmas music until the week before the day. Hard to believe, eh? For one thing, there weren’t a whole bunch of Christmas Pop/Rock records that would fit. Think about it. Bing Crosby/White Christmas. And a few minutes later,

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Another Way to Backup Your M1 Database

When you first start M1 each day,you see that Backup button on the first screen.  When you click that, it makes ak zip file of your M1 database and the Logs folder.  You then should copy the zip file to some external location. But, if your station has the M1 database in a network location,

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How the Cassette Changed The World

It came out in 1983 and did change things, indeed.  For the first time, we had a small, light, very portable recording system.  The quality was crappy by pro standards, but listenable.  Soon cars had cassette players in the dash.  If you loved the Eagles album and the radio wouldn’t play “Desperado”, you could now

Steve Warren

· Radio Stuff

The Radio Book I'm Reading

Sub-title:  American Radio Tales (1946 -1996). I happened across this book on Amazon and have recommended it to many old-hands who remember many of the guys on the pages.  Published in 2009 by radio veteran Bob Shannon, he book contains short profiles of the radio careers of 58 people who participated in the invention and

Steve Warren

· Radio Stuff

12 Predictions for the Music Business

This linked article below isn’t about M1 or radio, per se. It was an interesting read for me. I post it because we are all of us navigating our way through society’s media mix as we look for ideas and connections that might help us attract more ears to our station. What happens to the

Steve Warren

· Radio Stuff

What Makes A Successful Radio Ad

Almost every dime I ever made came to me either directly or indirectly from radio advertising. I’ve recorded thousands of ads and wrote the copy for at least a third of them all. For me, radio advertising has been a life-long topic of study. And it’s always been frustrating to know that the audio ad

Steve Warren

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What I Did When Don Everly Died

I was on the air at Gulf 104 in Tallahassee when Elvis died in August of ’77.  Today,  I don’t remember which song I played after making the announcement about it. The station was CHR with an Album Rock edge and we didn’t normally play Elvis. But this was certainly a cultural event it and

Steve Warren

· Radio Stuff

Strangest Recent Radio Story

In case you missed it in the radio trade papers, here’s a link to the new report.  An AM signal at 1620 on the dial in Washington D. C. began playing a loop of traffic information on the day of Obama’s inauguration,  January 21, 2013. The loop broadcast continuously for the next eight years until this

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