The RadioManager is a wonderful tool for programming your radio. Easy to use, it also offers enough possibilities to create a quality programme in any radio format. For years now, the Radionomy blog has been giving you its precious advice on how to use our RMO properly. Here are ten of them to help you better exploit the full potential of your favorite automation software!
1. Music boxes: how to classify your titles?
This is a fairly basic question, but one that is only asked very rarely. How to categorize your tracks in the music boxes and how many should there be? You have several possibilities of classification:
Depending on the frequency of the rotation (high, medium, low, etc.) you want to give to the tracks in the tray.
Depending on the tempo, so as not to link a fast track and a slow track.
Depending on the music category (jazz, soul, blues…) to vary the styles on the station.
In any case, don’t make too many music trays (you would risk having trays with too few titles), this will allow you not to have to make too complex clocks. Radio can work very well with a maximum of 5 or 6 trays.
2. Smart boxes: they’re useful!
This is a function we have never talked about here and yet it can be very practical. Smart boxes allow you to filter one or more bins by applying very precise criteria to them and thus create a virtual bin. Do you want to pay tribute to Michael Jackson on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death on June 25? To create a bin containing all the songs of the king of pop and distribute it more that day (be careful, however, to respect the rules of the Producers’ Pact), all you have to do is create an intelligent bin, according to the Michael Jackson criterias, which will collect all of his tracks. It’s very practical. For more information, read the chapter in the RMO instructions for use dedicated to this subject.
3. Jingles: how many boxes?
There is no reason to multiply the number of jingle boxes. Two can be enough: in the first one put all your jingles diffused at the heart of your program, in the second one put all the jingles which will serve you as intro/extro and which therefore have the purpose to be diffused in a very precise context. Obviously, this number of bins can vary if you have specific jingles for the night, the weekend…
4. Podcasts/music boxes: don’t forget the intro/extro function
What could be better than to personalize the podcasts produced by Radionomy under a white label thanks to the intros and extros that you yourself have compiled? Take care of these little jingles, they help to build the identity of your radio. Please note that the intro/extro function also exists for music and intelligent boxes. It is ideal to introduce the diffusion of a novelty, for example, a specific artist etc….
5. Playlists: don’t overdo it
The playlist function seems ideal at first sight: you schedule your program on demand by choosing tracks, jingles, voices tracks one after the other. Playlists are ideal as soon as you want to build a special show, with the intervention of a host, the broadcasting of the tracks in a very precise order etc… But if you use this function too much, you risk spending a lot of time programming your radio, while the schedule generator will do it very well for you. So don’t overdo it…
6. Clocks: think about voices tracks and promo
Voices tracks (intervention) and promo are not only programmed in day templates. You can also insert them directly into your clocks. In order to plan, for example, an intervention every three or four tracks, a promotion every ten tracks etc…. For the effect to be positive on the air, do not forget to record a large number of sequences so that the listener does not have the impression that he/she always hears the same sentence.
7. Clocks: know how to work with proportions
The statistics of the clocks are easily available (just click on the stats function in the clocks section). They allow you to discover how many times per hour a bin is broadcast, how long over 60 minutes, etc… Excellent to know and change the antenna color of your music program.
8. Day template: how many do we make?
Do we really need several Day Templates? Should your schedule vary according to the days of the week? Do I need a 7-day template (one per day)? We will say that this is the maximum but that the norm would be to have a Day Template to repeat from Monday to Friday and another for the two days in the weekend, the rhythm of the listeners (and therefore the line-up on your radio) being different between these two periods of the week.
9. Stats: analyze them!
Are there more listeners? Which days of the week? From which countries? With which players? From which sites? etc…. etc… The answers to all these questions can be found in the stats tab of the RMO. This tab is certainly useful for live stats but especially for the quick stats tab which gives precise and exact figures of your logs and allows you to analyze the origin, volume, and evolution of your audience.
10. Multi-management: beware of authorizations
Do you work in a team? All right! All right! There is nothing better than working with others to move faster. But the roles of each must also be well respected. To do this, the RadioManager makes it possible to define very precisely who is authorized to use a particular function. As an administrator, it is up to you to grant these authorizations. To avoid unpleasant surprises!