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· Formatting

Sound Codes Used to Format Pre-Song Stagers

Schedule a Voice Track or Schedule A SweeperSituation:  You have two types of Stagers that you schedule before songs. Produced Sweepers (or Jingles) are to play before songs with Voice-Opens (like, Take A Chance On Me/Abba) and Dry-Voicers are to schedule next to songs with Intros (like, Mama Mia/Abba).  Then, the automation system will lay that voice track over the…

Steve Warren

· Categories

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

· 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

· Formatting

Formatting for the Quarter Hour

Radio sells advertising by the quarter hour; specifically the average number of listeners will hear an advertiser’s message in the quarter hour where it airs. So, smart program directors format for quarter hour maintenance.

Steve Warren

· Formatting

Linking - Elvis Intros

It is easy to record a bunch of Artist intros and link them to songs by the singers. Simple little things like this can make a fully automated station come alive. There are a couple more videos on the M1 site about linking.  Here’s a refresher. The vid below runs 3:35

Steve Warren

· Formatting

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 Top Five Most Requested Songs…

Steve Warren

· Formatting

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, Chuck Berry/Run, Rudolph Run. They…

Steve Warren

· Formatting

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 it made sense for us…

Steve Warren