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Our Growing Family of Products posted on April 9th, 2014

You’ve come to trust and depend on the MusicMaster name for your scheduling needs. We know that there are many different programming needs out there and we are pleased to introduce a suite of products designed to meet those different needs:

mm_proMusicMaster Professional Edition is the new name for our flagship product, MusicMaster for Windows. This is the product broadcasters around the world have relied on to schedule their music. We’ve only changed the name and added the Pro designation to our logo. Everything else about the product is the same. If you program multiple radio stations, MusicMaster Pro will continue to give you the full complement of programming tools you need to make your radio stations sound great.

mm_ltMusicMaster Limited Edition is our new product designed for non-commercial or small commercial broadcasters who want the main programming tools of MusicMaster Pro but who don’t need all the fancy scheduling tools and exports. You can use MusicMaster LT to manage one station’s library, clocks and scheduling needs. You’ll also be able to export to your automation system. For the budget-minded broadcaster, this version can be purchased for a one-time price.

mm_peMusicMaster Personal Edition is our other new product designed for the individual or hobbyist. If you know someone who tinkers at home with an Internet stream (perhaps even you?), recommend MusicMaster PE to them. We’ve even included a player with this package so someone can input their songs and be listening to it quickly. Of course the individual doesn’t need most of the scheduling tools broadcasters rely on, so by limiting those items, we’re able to offer MusicMaster PE at a very reasonable purchase price.

Broadcast Asia posted on March 27th, 2014

bcaCome and visit us at Broadcast Asia in Singapore on June 17-21 at Stand 5K2-02 where Joe and Rainer will be there to have a chat with you and show you the latest version of MusicMaster!

K-104 Dallas Genius Day Workshop posted on March 24th, 2014

Service Broadcasting Corporation in Dallas, TX hosted Joe Knapp and Jesus Rodriguez on Wednesday, March 19th for a MusicMaster Genius Day workshop.

We don’t know who was more excited between Jesus and the client. We all have that one heritage station that we grew up listening to in our hometowns. The station that influenced our passion for great radio that got us to consider broadcasting as a career. Jesus is a Dallas native and K104 was one of those stations. That being said, for Jesus, the opportunity to consult this client at the legendary studios surpassed any childhood dream of working in those studios as a DJ. It’s not everyday you can say that you are a scheduling consultant for the radio station that raised you.

We discussed every aspect of the software. Joe Knapp blew everyone’s mind with some auto burning tricks to keep a steady history graph for stations with a lot of mix shows. Joe and Jesus said the travel accommodations from gate to gate were amazing, which is easy to say when you live down the street from the client and get to drive your own car!

We would like to thank KKDA-FM/K104 PD George Cook, Operations Manager Michael Erickson, KRNB-FM 105.7 PD Kevin Gardner, and their team for coordinating the day with us.

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MusicMaster President and CEO Joe Knapp, KKDA-FM/K104 PD George Cook, and MusicMaster Representative Jesus Rodriguez

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MusicMaster Representative Jesus Rodriguez, KRNB-FM 105.7 PD Kevin Gardner, and MusicMaster President and CEO Joe Knapp

Cabsat 2014 posted on March 20th, 2014

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We had a great few days at the Cabsat show in Dubai last month. Besides some great looking but dangerous fog and a sand storm, everything went very smooth. Thanks to all the visitors, friends and clients who stopped by at the booth. We will see you all there again in 2015. Here a few impressions of the show:

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We shared a very pretty booth with our partner company AVC

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Rainer from ON AIR and Abdul of Suno Radio, one of our clients in Dubai

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Elliot from AVC Dehli, our partner company in India, showing the latest version of MusicMaster

Rainer speaking with Enco owner Gene Novacek

Rainer from ON AIR speaking with Enco owner Gene Novacek

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And of course a nice crew dinner with our long time client and friend Mehirr of Audio Republic Dubai…

Radiodays Europe 2014 in Dublin posted on March 20th, 2014

Justus Fischer from ON AIR is going to attend Europe’s biggest radio industry event on March 23-25. We are sure it’s going to be an exciting show again. This year’s list of speakers and panelists reads like the “who’s who” of the international radio business. Check out more details and the program at the event’s website, and feel free to contact Justus during a coffee break for a brief update on MusicMaster’s upcoming line of new versions!

Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference Recap posted on March 19th, 2014

MusicMaster’s Aaron Taylor and Shane Finch recently attended The Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO (GLBC) in Lansing, Michigan. GLBC is the Midwest’s premier educational and networking conference for radio, television and media professionals.

Ken Frommert and Dave Turner from our vendor partners Enco at our shared booth space at the Great Lakes Radio Conference in Lansing, Michigan  speaking to visitorsMusicMaster joined forces with Dave Turner and Ken Frommert of automation partner ENCO (pictured above) for two snowy Michigan days of displays and demonstrations.

Hundreds attended The Lansing Center for incredible learning opportunities, including the cutting edge session “Radio in an Audio World” by Sean Ross of Edison Research, and a tasty lunch presentation “Growing Media” with Kevin Gage of the NAB.

Shane Finch from MusicMaster and Art Vuolo Radio's Best Friend discuss the sessions at the Great Lakes Broadcast Conference in Lansing, Michigan (1)It’s always great to see old Michigan friends like Professor Dick Kernan of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, Art Vuolo “Radio’s Best Friend” (pictured above with Shane Finch), WEMU PD Patrick Campion, and many others.

MusicMaster client MacDonald Broadcasting Operations Manager Scott Loomise with Aaron Taylor from MusicMaster on a visit to their facility in Lansing, Michigan March 11Aaron and Shane stopped by Lansing’s famous bakery “Sugar Shack“, snatched a few dozen freshly baked cookies, and made a sneak attack on MusicMaster client Scott Loomis of MacDonald Broadcasting (pictured above with Aaron).

Aaron Taylor and Shane Finch from MusicMaster causing trouble in the studio with MacDonald Broadcasting Program Director (and MusicMaster client) Don BlackWhile touring the radio studios, Aaron and Shane attempted to commandeer Power 96.5 away from PD Don Black (above). Black successfully fought off the attack and lives to thrill radio listeners another day!

MusicMaster Acoustic Jam Meet & Greet with Mel Tillis posted on March 16th, 2014

MusicMaster continues to celebrate our Pearl Anniversary with The 30th Anniversary Acoustic Jam featuring Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis, and a stage filled with incredible talent. Hundreds of amateur Statesiders and Stutterettes came to meet Mel and take home a personal photo with the 1976 CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Mel Tillis Recovering in Nashville Following Heart Surgery posted on March 10th, 2014

We wish a very speedy recovery to our friend Mel Tillis, who was just recently at our MusicMaster party at CRS last month.

meltillisNashville, Tenn. (March 10, 2014) – Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville following heart surgery.

Today, Tillis’ daughter Pam Tillis released the following statement on the health status of the music legend:

“Over the weekend, Daddy required a routine heart procedure.  He’s doing fantastic and is expected to make a full recovery.  In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he’s already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses.  Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.”

Fans are encouraged to visit www.meltillis.com for updates on Tillis and upcoming tour dates.

CABSAT Dubai posted on March 10th, 2014

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Come and visit MusicMaster at Cabsat in Dubai, March 11-13. You will find us with our friends of AVC in Hall 8, Stand C8/30. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Daylight Saving Time posted on March 8th, 2014

icon_coldCan we count you in amongst those who are ready to shove Winter out the door? We’d like to replace talk of the polar vortex with blooming flowers. The switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 9, 2014, for our US and Canadian friends will start us down the road to warmer weather.

icon_flowerWith MusicMaster, springing ahead is as simple as making sure your computer is up-to-date because that’s where MusicMaster takes its cue. Go to Help, System Information and it will indicate at the top of the screen when this will affect your data. Should you be in a location that doesn’t follow Daylight Saving Time, you can turn this off by going to Tools, Options, Additional Properties and setting the Schedule, IgnoreDST option to 1. Remember to check with your automation system to make sure they will accept a 23 hour log.