The two most important aspects of a music-scheduling database are accuracy and uniformity. Your radio station’s music-scheduling library should consist of accurate descriptive coding that describes the different song attributes of each title in the music library. Often, a database is cloned from another station with a similar music format or the database could have been handed down from a prior program director without review of the details.
The decisive thing to note is that no two programmers will describe a song’s individual attributes in the same manner. This might lead to errors being propagated that are not noticed until valuable time is wasted manually massaging the music log before it’s sent to the air-studio. In addition to this, the uniformity of the music library is key. Most music category rotations are updated on a weekly basis for contemporary formatted radio stations. The song count of each music category must remain consistent. The number of requests per hour for each category should remain the same. This basic supply and demand principle is how music category rotations are generated.
Timeliness is also an issue, because as songs trickle down from the current, to the recurrent, to the gold categories attention must be paid to each music category’s hourly and or daily turnover. Let’s not forget the burn factor of the older titles and the best time to rest and test certain songs. For more information regarding the accuracy of your music-scheduling database contact the music-scheduling specialists at Earl Boston Inc.