Music boxes, clocks, day templates… Discover the secrets of the best digital radio producers

RadioManager, a tool offered to all Radionomy producers, has long been unanimously accepted. In ten years of existence and after many upgrades, it has become more than ever the perfect tool to create and manage your web radio. But how can it be used properly? How do you adapt the qualities of this product to your web radio? To find out, we interviewed a few experienced producers, who told us their secrets. How many titles do they have in circulation? What are their musical backgrounds? Their clocks? Their day template? You will know everything as you read these lines.

Music boxes : how to organize your tracks?

Nicolas and Alexandre Braeckman from Radio Compile (Belgium): at the beginning, we have a simple music tray in which all the songs broadcasted are located. Then, we use dynamic trays for the rotation system. This allows us to better manage the distribution of our entire library, which is updated every two weeks (except for large entries, of course).

In addition, we have a series of trays for specific programs. These songs are already available in the general bin, but they are isolated because they are exclusively broadcast on certain time slots.

Florent Mounier from CinéMaRadio (France): for Cinémaradio, we have chosen to organize our music trays by major genres of music in films. Thus we have a “pop” tray that contains the soundtracks of “modern” films and series. For example, the Pretty woman’s soundtrack or the Pulp Fiction soundtrack is in this box.

We then have a “classical” bin in which we have arranged all the film music composed by the great composers of cinema and its classical music: Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Vladimir Cosma, and all the others. We also have a generic bin of series. Finally, a “Love” bin with all the music from love movies: Titanic, Emmanuelle, La route de Madison, etc

Laurent Bougie from Made in 70, Made in 80, Made in 90, Made in Classic and Made in Hits (France) :

For Made in 70: we have about 180 tracks for the moment. We have a target of 250 tracks maximum for the end of the year on this format. Our aim is to broadcast only well-known tracks on this radio station, which is listened to by people in their fifties.

For Made in 80 and Made In 90: about 400 tracks, 150 of which change every week.

For Made in Classic: we are at more than 1,000 tracks, and our goal is to increase to 1,500 by the end of the year.

For Made in Hits: only 50 to 60 tracks maximum each week.

The tracks are classified by French / Foreign category and by style (Funk, slows, and rock for Made in 80)

We like to surprise our listeners, we regularly move the different music trays in the grid of our programs.

Clocks : one clock per emission, a privileged model

Nicolas and Alexandre Braeckman from Radio Compile (Belgium):

We have one clock per show. For one simple reason: the covers and pieces are not the same. The variation is the same every time (2 titles for a jingle) but the jingles vary because we have our general jingles, permanently diffused, and specific jingles. It is, therefore, necessary to alternate and each clock makes it possible to ensure that the jingles of the show are broadcast.

In addition, we have the so-called “day clock”, when there is no specific emission. It is THE basic model for our broadcast. The rotations depend on two things: the year of release (sorted by year, before August 2018 on the one hand and after August 2018 on the other) and the musical style.

In addition to that, we have a part of the clock that includes “strong” songs, which we highlight, especially concerning Belgian artists. These bins are fully integrated into the clock of the day.

Florent Mounier from CinéMaRadio (France) :

I created one clock per show. And I designed 8 programs for Cinémaradio that corresponds to 8 highlights of the day. A morning in which I want a maximum of “pop” music with some “classical” music and series credits and a good dose of chronicles related to cinema. A morning with an equal proportion of classical and modern music. Between noon and two, it’s a special soundtracks show of series. Then we start in the afternoon with a mix of “modern” and “classic” soundtracks. Before slipping into early evening romance between 8 pm and 10 pm with Love Session and its selection of Original Soundtracks of romantic movie scenes. Then all night long from 10 pm it’s a selection of the best music from so-called “classic” films with the Classic Ciné show. So I really use clocks to set the proportions of musical styles for each section.

Laurent Bougie de Made in 70, Made in 80, Made in 90, Made in 90, Made in Classic and Made in Hits (France): It goes from three clocks for Made in 70 to 24 clocks for Made in 80! Here too, the rotations often change between all the music trays, our formula is to do the complete opposite of the programming of an FM radio. Our listeners are very loyal, we have to bring them changes every week so as not to create fatigue.

For example, during week 32, an hour of 100% 80’s rock can be programmed at 2:00 am, and during week 33, the same musical bac will be programmed at 5:00 pm! Easy and quick to do with the RadioManager! The listener who is used to listening to Made in 80 every night at 6 pm should not listen to the same title as the day before.

Day templates: one per day?

Nicolas and Alexandre Braeckman from Radio Compile (Belgium): A day template for one day. We have 7, so it’s a good way to make sure you don’t make mistakes and broadcast a show on a wrong day or have to change the clocks every time. Once established, the day template doesn’t move anymore: our PADs are integrated into podcasts, our ads too, without forgetting the promotions, the clocks are ready… All you have to do is broadcast.

The only recurring change, which is done on a daily basis, is program planning. Some are not done live and are sent to us the day before. So you have to take the time to program them using podcasts, but it doesn’t take too long. We always prepare our music schedules on Sundays with the possibility of generating the whole week. it’s a question of organization.

Florent Mounier from CinéMaRadio (France): I actually have a day template for the week, and another for the weekend that I want to be a little less “classic” and a little more festive, especially for the parties.

Laurent Bougie de Made in 70, Made in 80, Made in 90, Made in 90, Made in Classic and Made in Hits (France): All our radios have between 3 and 5 Day templates, we like to differentiate the days of the week, and the weekend. We broadcast fewer podcasts and fewer news flashes on weekends, we prefer to give way to the music. Unlike FM radio, we also minimize the broadcasting of jingles, the listener who has chosen to listen to Made in 80 knows that he is listening to this radio, there is no need to remind him between each track. The schedules are updated every Sunday evening.