Don’t Wait To Automate posted on April 20th, 2020
Don’t Wait To Automate
By Chris Malone
In today’s reality of radio, many programmers are looking around the office only to find there’s very little help to accomplish the important music maintenance tasks. Those necessary programming support positions no longer exist, yet time management is still very critical. Thanks to MusicMaster Scheduling, there’s a way to set things up to serve as your ‘right hand’ help. Here are three ways to leave your behind the scenes work to MusicMaster:
Understanding Auto Move will assist your decision-making process by automatically changing the category of a song based on pre-determined criteria, which you can set up. For example, the song Post Malone- Circles is in my Power Current (A) category, but I’ve got it set to move to Secondary Current (B) when it reaches 135 spins. Goodbye music meetings, we can set these moves up on a song by song basis and let MusicMaster do the work. Learn more about Auto Move in this Walkthrough video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7jZcfx3IfY&list=PLQClZKdxvI1ze6tU8BPwFbeorYCNAz-8y
The Auto Platoon feature allows you to move songs from one category to another based on either Move Date or Category Plays. In the example, we’ve set up Auto Platoon to move our Golds on a schedule. It’s great to use this feature if you want to keep your rotations sounding fresh or perhaps you want to increase the longevity of your latest music test. There’s more on Auto Platoon in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ3V2KzrwiI&feature=emb_logo
If your station has Log Reconciliation set up with a definition file, songs that were added, dropped, or replaced in the studio can be automatically reconciled into the schedule the next day to preserve song histories and provide accurate spin counts. This can also occur in real time, if you’re using Nexus. It’s important to note that standard log reconciliation needs to be set up using a definition file for the task and MusicMaster will need access to your “aired” logs folder for this to properly work. The days of manual reconciliation are over. Get a deeper look at log reconciliation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93in-m0xVEk&list=PLQClZKdxvI1ze6tU8BPwFbeorYCNAz-8y&index=81
Good luck automating these tasks for a smoother workflow. If you have any questions, please contact your Music Scheduling Consultant.