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5.0sr14 is now Available posted on January 20th, 2015

icon_checkGo to Help, Check for Update to get the latest service release of MusicMaster Pro. This has lots of handy new features including the ability to click the Hour Selection bar in the Editor to the “now” time of today’s log while Instant Analysis can be set to show all panels no matter where the pointer is (see the Quick Tip for more details). Numeric and Currency fields are now right-justified. We’ve added a few more Special History reports as we continue to see MusicMaster used around the world and even added the ability to force a path when running the reports. We’ve improved RealTime, our in-studio component (thanks to WXRT Chicago for their assistance) as well as continuing to update our Nexus interface. Should you need any help with installing the update, please contact your Music Scheduling Consultant. Happy Scheduling!

The Official CRS 2015 Kick-Off Party – The Legends at Legends posted on January 20th, 2015

MusicMaster is having a CRS party. Would you like to come?


Software Giant Strengthens Sales and Support Departments posted on January 7th, 2015

Brookfield, WIMusicMaster announced today the addition of Bradley Bender to enhance the sales and support departments. Brad brings with him a strong background in strategy, IT and Finance.

Brad Bender

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to be part of this outstanding team of wonderfully dedicated professionals,” commented Bradley Bender.

Prior to joining the MusicMaster team, Bradley was Manager of Operational Accounting and a Manager of the Network Infrastructure team at Wyndham Jade, a technology based events and Travel Company which specializes in convention and trade show housing and registration, meetings, and corporate travel. Mr. Bender is an SMU Cox School of Business alumnus with distinction and has studied at the University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management.

MusicMaster President, Joe Knapp, adds, “While rapidly expanding the MusicMaster family this year, our search was focused on those amazing people who are blessed with a healthy balance of passion, patience and curiosity. Our goal is to diversify our team with professionals who bring with them a broad range of talents and experiences. Brad Bender, with his extensive background in accounting and information technology, fits our profile perfectly.  He’s a geek like me and we’re lucky to have him on board!”

MusicMaster was founded by Joe Knapp in 1983 and continues to be the world’s largest Windows-based music scheduling software for radio and television stations.

Additional information about the company, our software, partners, and customers can be found at

Feeling like Lewis Hamilton with Arabella 92.9 posted on December 10th, 2014

A unique music mix of “Super Oldies and Austrian Pop” – that’s Arabella 92.9 in Vienna. But not only. Arabella 92.9’s team gets also very creative when it comes to organizing events. One of their “Talk of the town” activities this year was the “Vienna Bobby-Car race”, the largest Formula “Bobby Car” race in town.


Want to see their listeners dressed like Lewis Hamilton? Check out the party’s pictures.

During our last visit at Arabella 92.9 we’ve had the pleasure to enjoy a cup of coffee with Isabella Kettner (Assistant PD) and Ralph Waldhauser (PD).


Thanks for joining the MusicMaster family in Austria! Keep on racing…

MusicMaster Programs Chicago’s Finest Rock – One Song At A Time posted on December 9th, 2014

Any good parent knows you’re not supposed to have a favorite child, but MusicMaster founder and CEO, Joe Knapp, does admit to having a favorite MusicMaster radio station, CBS Radio’s WXRT in Chicago.

93xrtWe spent a few days with them this month helping out with their transition to the latest version of MusicMaster RealTime for Windows. This amazing radio station has been playing “free form” rock music since the 1970’s. After all these years, the station is still hand-crafted, one song at a time, by the incredible lineup of air talent under the expert supervision of Program Director, Norm Winer. MusicMaster RealTime is a special log editor developed specifically for use in the studio for just-in-time music scheduling. The original design was created and perfected back in the mid-1980’s at KBCO in Boulder, Colorado with the help of then-PD Dennis Constantine. WXRT in Chicago was one of the very first stations to use the system, and one of very few still using it today. Of course, the system works best when you have air talent who are all perfectly in tune with the music and the audience, which is certainly true for each and every member of the WXRT air staff. The depth of their knowledge of rock music and the Chicago area would take your breath away! Along with Joe Knapp, WXRT’s MusicMaster music scheduling consultant, Drew Bennett, and MusicMaster Marketing Director, Melanie Ross, were also on hand, all bidding a fond farewell to WXRT’s Music Director and Operations Manager, John Farneda, who exits this legendary station after decades of service.

93xrt_groupMusicMaster Vice President, Scott Wirt, even drove down from Milwaukee to help out. He’s pictured here sitting in the main control room where all the magic happens!


Newcap Genius Days – Toronto and Moncton posted on December 8th, 2014

torontologosThe MusicMaster Genius Sessions were on tour in Eastern Canada with Newcap. First stop was in Toronto at the Boom and Flow studios! Joining Malcolm Sinclair was Steve Jones VP of Programming, Rick Tompkins from Sudbury, Amy Ballard and Dan Youngs from Ottawa, Adam Spencer was in town from Fredericton (we’re still wondering how he scored Leaf tickets), Troy McCallum and Wayne Webster of Boom, and Paul Parhar and Cory Balash of Flow! Super day, amazing food and great people!


From Toronto it was off to beautiful Moncton for another great day with Joey Arsenault from Fredericton, Kayleigh Butt from St. John’s, Corey Tremere from Charlottetown, Rod Martens from Saint John, Mel Sampson and Paddy Quinn from Miramichi, Anna Zee and Trevor Wallworth of Halifax, and our hosts Adam McLaren and Scotty Mars from Moncton. It was Malcolm’s first time getting Papa John’s pizza because they don’t have one where he lives!

Thanks again to all the amazing folks from Newcap having us visit their stations!

Newcap Genius Days – Edmonton and Vancouver posted on December 7th, 2014

Our MusicMaster team made stops in Canada during the week of November 17th. President / CEO Joe Knapp and Music Scheduling Consultant Jerry Butler visited with Newcap Radio teams in Vancouver and Edmonton for Genius Day Seminars. Staff from numerous Newcap markets were in attendance at both events. President / CEO Joe Knapp worked through various areas of the program answering questions and analyzing individual databases and questions specific to the programming team’s needs.


EdmontonBack Row: Jeff Murray, Mark Cappis, Heather Klages, Travis Currah, Kurt Price, Brent Shelton, Johnathan Best, Todd James, Joe Knapp, Stuart McIntosh, John Roberts, Lucas Banack; Front Row: Jordan Rae, Al Thompson, Kathryn Chase, Abbey White, Jackie Rae Greening, Marisa Jodoin, and Stephen Keppler

newcap_6Vancouver – Steve Cassidy, Paul Sereda, Dwayne Bishop, Sandra Klaric, Kat Carter, Paul Kaye, Joe Knapp, Roo Phelps, Rickie Tyler, Casey Clarke, and David Larse

A Happy MusicMaster Station for 20 Years posted on November 25th, 2014

Nicola Albertoni, head of music at Rete3, started as the station’s editor when they still were using the MusicMaster DOS version. He grew up scheduling music with MusicMaster and after all these years he’s still euphoric when it comes to new MusicMaster versions and new features.

nicolaalbertoniThis picture was taken after we discussed the new Optimum Scheduling Goals and the many other great features that are part of MusicMaster V5. As you can see he is a happy camper and so are we. Great station, great people, fun to work with and good friends. What more can you ask for?

Seattle Market Spotlight posted on November 24th, 2014

We are very excited to welcome Entercom/Seattle to the MusicMaster family this month! As this is his “home” market, Aaron Taylor had the opportunity to spend time on site with the programming staff to devise plans for their MMWIN and Wide Orbit integration. Entercom stations in the Seattle market include legendary rocker KISW-FM (with over 40 years in the format) nationally recognized alternative KNDD-FM, country KKWF-FM “The Wolf”, “playing the best of today’s rhythm and old school throwbacks” KHTP-FM “Hot 103.7, and AAA KHTP-HD2 “The Mountain”.

entercom1In the photo left to right, Tony (Co-Host “Fitz In The Morning” KKWF – The Wolf), Tanch (Afternoons, APD/MD KHTP – HOT 103.7), Thee Ted Smith (Afternoon Co-Host of “The Men’s Room” KISW), Garrett Michaels (PD KNDD – 107.7 The End), and Aaron Taylor!

Aaron also stopped by KMPS-FM CBS/Seattle to catch up and visit with longtime MusicMaster client and friend, Program Director Ed Hill. Ed has been using MusicMaster since the 80’s, when it was called MusicScan. KMPS will celebrate 40 years in the country format in Seattle in 2015. The station was also Aaron’s on air home from 1995-2007. Thanks, Ed for being a valued A-Ware client for so many years! Pictured left to right, mid-dayer Cornbread, Aaron Taylor and Program Director Ed Hill.

entercom2Classical KING-FM/Seattle has been in the classical format since 1948, and is noted as being one of the first stations in world to stream their format on the internet. KING-FM uses MusicMaster Enterprise as their master database, which is linked to six scheduling databases for their terrestrial and streaming programming.

From left to right, Bryan Lowe, KING-FM Program Director, Geoffrey Larson, Assistant Music Director Aaron Stoess, Music Director, Aaron Taylor and Maggie Stapleton, Assistant Program Director.


MusicMaster in Spain posted on November 17th, 2014

The most recent MusicMaster training in Spain took place in Barcelona and Madrid. This is the crew of Catalunya Mùsica (below), the classical music station of public broadcaster Catalunya Ràdio in Barcelona. Their daily work focuses on programming mainly Romantic and Classical pieces mixed up with some Contemporary and Baroque.


Catalunya Mùsica is one of our state of the art projects when it comes to handling big classical music data. The stations catalogue of 80,000 + pieces of music (!) plus tons of meta-data is managed in a MusicMaster Enterprise environment with individual databases for FM, Live-Concerts-only and a Web stream. It’s always very exciting to meet them once in a while trying to make their new ideas work in MusicMaster. What a fantastic crew and great station!

In Madrid we met our long time friends from KISS. The KISS group operates three very successfully networks, KISS FM, HIT FM and KISS TV. This picture (below) was taken during the three day follow-up-training in the station’s tropical garden. From the left: Iván Tenorio (Hit FM), Iván Guillén (Kiss FM), ON AIR’s Thomas Roth, Ana de la Morena (KISS TV) & Ramón Tapias (Head of Programs).