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MusicMaster’s Expansion Continues posted on July 23rd, 2014

Software Giant Enhances Information Technology, Support, and Accounting Departments

MusicMaster announced recently the addition of three new team members, including an award-winning Florida radio program director, a longtime Las Vegas corporate director of digital technology, and a senior accountant.

people_tyler_daveJoining the company as a Music Scheduling Consultant is former JVC PD Dave Tyler, an entertaining voice on Florida radio for over 25 years. Tyler says, “I have been with WTRS alone for 16 years and there are few gigs that could entice me away from my JVC Broadcasting family, but this is one that checked every box on my wish list, the most important of which is the chance to work with Joe Knapp, whom I’ve known and admired for a long time.”

people_schroeder_jeffLongtime digital technology expert, Jeff Schroeder joins the MusicMaster team as Senior Technical Consultant for onsite installation, technical documentation, and automation interface expertise. Jeff shared, “I’ve known Joe Knapp and CTO Scott Wirt for almost 20 years, and I’ve been a fan of MusicMaster since then. I couldn’t be more thrilled at the opportunity to work with them and the amazing team they’ve put together.”

people_robers_lorieAdditionally, Lorie Robers joins the corporate office as Senior Accountant. Lorie brings years of accounting experience to the international business offices of MusicMaster. Robers says, “I’m happy to be working with VP/Finance, Susan Averbeck. Joining an exciting, growing company like MusicMaster will allow me to utilize my talents and expertise.”

President and founder Joe Knapp, adds, “The exponential growth of this company has filled me with overwhelming pride and joy. It still blows my mind that the simple music scheduling program I created over thirty years ago evolved into this huge global company with thousands of MusicMaster users in every variety of entertainment platforms across dozens of countries around the world.”

Knapp founded MusicMaster in 1983 and it continues to be the world’s largest Windows-based music scheduling software for media outlets including radio and television stations.

For more information, contact:
Shane Finch
Director of Sales and Support
(352) 812-3727
Shane.Finch@a-ware.com

In the Footsteps of the Beatles posted on June 16th, 2014

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CHUM-FM Visit posted on June 15th, 2014

During Canadian Music Week 2014, the MusicMaster crew had the opportunity to visit Bell Media Toronto, home of CHUM-FM, Virgin, TSN Sports Radio 1050 and News Talk 1010, CFRB. Housed in an amazing historical building at Duncan and Richmond in downtown Toronto, formerly the Tip Top Tailors warehouse built in 1914, it was a blast to spend time with their programming teams!

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From left to right: David Corey, Stefanie Simrod, Malcolm Sinclair, Sue Mills, Amanda Logan, Lisa Grossi, Justin Dumont, Joe Knapp

The Big Easy posted on June 14th, 2014

no1MusicMaster Team Worldwide visited the joint convention of the Louisiana/Mississippi Broadcasters. The Hilton New Orleans Riverside, seated on the beautiful Mississippi River, offered the sights, sounds, smells and culture of “The Crescent City”.

no2MusicMaster’s Aaron Taylor, Drew Bennett, and Shane Finch joined automation partners, ENCO and Wide Orbit to show attendees the latest in music scheduling technology.

no3Above, Shane, Drew and Aaron steal a rare quiet moment to show appreciation to convention organizers, Polly Prince Johnson, LAB President/CEO, and Angelice Tyson, LAB Manager of Business Development.

no4MusicMaster Sales Coordinator, Drew Bennett, provides a personal demonstration to a Louisiana broadcaster, and future MusicMaster client. If you would enjoy seeing how MusicMaster can change the sound of your radio or television station, visit the MusicMaster website.

no5Shane shares a laugh with Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Lt. Governor. Dardenne made a presentation about the economic and cultural impact of Louisiana. Dardenne also delighted the crowd by sharing his Louisiana music bracket, where he determined the best song of influence was the classic “You Are My Sunshine” by former Governor Jimmy Davis.

MusicMaster European Get Together Tour Recap posted on June 13th, 2014

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Harvard Broadcasting/Alberta Celebrates with MusicMaster posted on June 12th, 2014

harvard_alb1Ten MusicMaster master-minds joined Joe Knapp for personal consultation.

During the festivities, Harvard General Manager—Edmonton, Tamara Konrad, presented a homemade cake to celebrate the newly-crowned Major Market Music Director of the Year, Chris Lynch, of X92.9 in Calgary.

harvard_alb2Programmers were in attendance from 100.7 The River in Red Deer, 100.5 CRUZ-FM and Mix 103.7 in Fort McMurray, X92.9 in Calgary, and Hot 107 and 95.7 CRUZ-FM in Edmonton.

harvard_alb3Harvard General Manager—Edmonton, Tamara Konrad, welcomes MusicMaster President, Joe Knapp.

MusicMaster Visits Harvard Broadcasting/Saskatchewan posted on June 11th, 2014

After a warm welcome by Harvard General Manager, Jason Huschi, and a wonderful staff, the MusicMaster Genius Day team now knows why the Regina city slogan is, “I Love Regina”.

harvard_sas1Ten excellent music programmers gathered Monday, May 12 for a day of tips and tricks with MusicMaster President, Joe Knapp.

harvard_sas2Harvard stations represented were 96.3 CRUZ-FM of Saskatoon, GX94 and Fox-FM of Yorkton; and The Wolf 104.9 and My92.1 of Regina.

Harvard advanced their expertise of MusicMaster products, and MusicMaster gained some expertise about CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders!

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MusicMaster President, Joe Knapp with Harvard/Regina GM, Jason Huschi

Tuesday, May 13 was a special day for all involved at the palatial Harvard of Edmonton Broadcast Center.

Radio Interactive International Radio Summit posted on June 10th, 2014

MusicMaster 2020 Vision – Music Scheduling Innovations for the Future

MusicMaster Team Worldwide joined hundreds of broadcast professionals at the annual Radio Interactive International Radio Summit May 7-8 in Toronto, Ontario.

MusicMaster President, Joe Knapp, along with VP/CTO, Scott Wirt, and a contingent of our scheduling experts participated in various panels and presentations during the event.

cmw1On Wednesday, May 7, Sales Coordinator, Drew Bennett (above) joined Joe and Scott to reveal new versions of our World Class Software during the MusicMaster 2020 Vision – Music Scheduling Innovations for the Future presentation. Drew shared details about MusicMaster Professional (PRO), MusicMaster Limited Edition (LT), MusicMaster Personal Edition (PE), and MusicMaster Client Server (CS).

The Radio Consultants’ Roundtable

On Thursday, May 8, MusicMaster mastermind, Joe Knapp (below) sat with a prestigious group during The Radio Consultants’ Roundtable to share insight about radio’s future. Hundreds of attendees crammed the presentation hall vying to spend a few minutes in a small group conversation with Joe.

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Other industry panelists included Clive Dickens, Dir Digital & Innovation, Southern Cross Austereo; Fred Jacobs, President, Jacobs Media; Helene Plouffe, Radio Programming Monitoring Analyst, CRTC; Jeff Vidler, President, Audience Insights; Jeff McHugh, Consultant, The Randy Lane Co.; Liz Janik, President, Media Mix Inc.; Lynn Asselin, Sr. Radio Analyst, CRTC; Raj Shoan, CRTC Commissioner; Rich Elwood, President, A Funny Thing Productions; Steve Reynolds, President, The Reynolds Group; Warren Kurtzman, President & COO, Coleman Insights.

CMW Award Winners

Congratulations to all of the CMW Award Winners who use MusicMaster!

MUSIC DIRECTOR MAJOR MARKET
LYNCH – X929 (CFEX) – CALGARY
Harvard Broadcasting

MUSIC DIRECTOR SMALL MARKET
JEFF WINSKELL – SUN FM (CHSU) – KELOWNA
Bell Media

ON AIR TALENT OF THE YEAR MAJOR MARKET
ROGER DARREN & MARILYN – CHUM FM – TORONTO
Bell Media

ON AIR TALENT SECONDARY MARKET
TUCKER & SARAH – 97.5 VIRGIN RADIO (CIQM) – LONDON
Bell Media

PROGRAM DIRECTOR MAJOR MARKET
AL FORD – SONIC 102.9 (CHDI) – EDMONTON
Rogers

PROGRAM DIRECTOR SECONDARY MARKET
WENDY DUFF – CHYM FM – KITCHENER
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NewCap Q&A

newcap1During CMW this year, MusicMaster’s President Joe Knapp had the chance to meet with NewCap programmers from across the country (shown above). It was a great Q&A session held at the Hard Rock in downtown Toronto.
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Malcolm Sinclair, Steve Jones, Joe Knapp, and Melanie Ross

Facebook Shout Out Contest posted on June 9th, 2014

TelephoneRadio stations have always run contests and given away prizes to lucky listeners. But who runs a contest for the radio stations? We do! Introducing the MusicMaster Facebook Shout-Out challenge!

It’s simple and fun, and a great way to show off your awesome talents and accomplishments to thousands of music programmers all around the world. Just post a story about your station on the MusicMaster Facebook page along with a picture or video. Each month, we will select the one with the most Likes as the winner!

The prizes will vary from month-to-month, but there will always be something cool and unique. This month we’re giving away a free copy of MusicMaster Personal Edition worth $295. Use it to start your own Internet radio station, or just to put together great music mixes for your home or parties. So get MusicMaster on your Speed Dial and be ready for your chance to win!

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MusicMaster and Cox Media Group posted on June 5th, 2014

coxmediafloridaMusicMaster’s Marianne Burkett joins Jason Singleterry from Wide Orbit to meet with Cox Media Group’s Florida engineers to go through the process of switching from Maestro to Wide Orbit.