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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).


Just Rockin’ the Mall, Y’all posted on November 15th, 2014


The MusicMaster station hop continued across Edmonton to the Newcap studios at The West Edmonton Mall.


MusicMaster Sales Director Shane Finch tries to convince Newcap/Edmonton General Manager Sharon Taylor to find a spot in the budget for three additional programming people.


The Newcap Radio family welcomes MusicMaster during WABE week!

Hanging Out with Friends posted on November 14th, 2014

edmonton1Since Aaron and Shane were in the neighborhood, there’s no better place to go than radio stations filled with cool peeps!


Taylor and Finch in the 91.7 “The Bounce” studio with (left to right)Rogers Promotions Coordinator Amanda Schultz, Program Director Liann Cameron, Promotions Coordinator Tyler Diagnault, and PM Driver Tripp West.


Aaron Taylor joins Rogers/Edmonton PD Liann Cameron in the Sonic102.9 Listener Lounge for some tunes and tales.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside posted on November 13th, 2014

Even though the weather outside was frightful October 26-28, MusicMaster huddled up with hundreds of broadcast engineers,technical staffers, and I.T. professionals for the 64th Annual Western Association of Broadcasters Convention.

Each fall, WABE holds an annual gathering at the Shaw Conference Centre in downtown Edmonton, Alberta that highlights the best of radio and television technologies, and provides a venue for engineers to share information and their experiences.

MusicMaster’s Shane Finch and Aaron Taylor joined automation partners iMediaTouch and Wide Orbit to reveal the latest musics scheduling know-how.


MusicMaster’s Aaron Taylor hangs out with Matt Holmes, Chief Engineer of Jim Pattison Broadcasting in Calgary, AB.


MusicMaster’s Shane Finch discusses public funded radio with the crew from iMediaTouch and CKUA’s Rod Setter.


Aaron Taylor and Wide Orbit’s Dub Irvin provide tips to WABE attendees.


Wide Orbit Sales Manager Jim Hammond has a laugh with Newcap/Edmonton Chief Engineer Troy Dyck.

Thanks to our partners, clients, friends, and the entire WABE committee for a fantastic event!

Buckeye Buzz posted on November 12th, 2014

buckeye3The pride of Buckeye broadcast engineering met on Thursday, October 30th for the Ohio Broadcast Engineering Conference. MusicMaster joined ENCO at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and encountered many Raving Fans!


MusicMaster Raving Fan, OAB Board Member, and Findlay Publishing Vice President Dave Glass visits MusicMaster’s Shane Finch at our exhibit location.


WSKU/Kent State Radio was well represented by Senior LAN Administrator Chuck Poulton and I.T. Tech Rick Cruz. These Golden Flashes express their appreciation for the helpful MusicMaster support department.


Not to be outdone by his brother University broadcasters, Raving Fan Mike Meadows of WOSU/Columbus “dots the I” in Ohio!


Mark Levin, Chief Operator of 104.9 The River, reveals some clever programming tips to Finch, and auditions to become a MusicMaster Raving Fan!