Recycle / Recycling
The term refers to a process whereby songs that are scheduled in one part of the day are re-scheduled in another part of the day. First, a bit of history. Recycling came to be as a kluge for the early DOS-based music schedulers. What is a 'kluge'? If you don't know right off, here's the Dictionary.com definition: Whileinelegant,inefficient, clumsy,orpatchedtogether, a kluge succeedsinsolvingaspecificproblemor performingaparticulartask.
When those first schedulers came into widespread use in the early 80's, music directors often noticed that many of their most important songs, particularly those in the Recurrent and Power Oldies categories, seemed to schedule time and again in the wee hours and not near enough in the prominent daylight hours. Since the problem was/is endemic in the software's design, the kluge was to take the songs that scheduled on the overnight show (usually) and re-scheduled them in a different part of the day.
We resisted adding this function to Music 1 for a long time because M1 doesn't have the design flaw that necessitates the kluge. The rotations you plan for your individual song categories as viewed on the Rotation Prediction charts are always reliable and consistent. What you see on those rotation prediction charts is exactly what M1 will deliver. So, why did we add it? Because we got tired of hearing music directors insisting that they had to have it before they'd switch to M1 because they relied on it with the scheduler they were currently using. Of course, when they did switch to M1 they found (surprise!) they really didn't need it.
So that's the back-story. And actually a few M1 users do find it useful. Those are usually stations with really tight rotations and very small libraries.
Music 1's recycle function differs in one prominent way from the recycling of other schedulers. With the other guys', you can get the songs that schedule in the overnight shift and have them re-schedule in Mid-day or Afternoon drive-time. With M1, songs that schedule on the overnight shift can be directed to schedule again beginning at a certain hour, that being the first hour AFTER the recycling time ends. For example, the Oldies that schedule on the overnight show can begin being re-scheduled at 6am or perhaps at 10am. M1 will not let you have the songs that schedule from Midnight until 5am to then begin rescheduling at 10am. We chose to not do it that way because such a system has the potential to totally screw-up rotation consistency (as users of the other softwares well know).