Broadcasters from all over the world will be gathering in Vegas on April 8 for one of the biggest trade events of the year: the NAB Convention. If you're planning to be there, be sure to stop by the MusicMaster Meeting Point in the North Hall #N5627 to say hello, score some MusicMaster swag, and take a peek at all of our latest software features. We'll be showing off the new Pro Version 7, Client-Server Version 2.2 and many of our real-time Automation system interfaces. You'll have a chance to meet and pick the brains of our Founder Joe Knapp and CTO Scott Wirt. Our Director of Technical Services Jerry Parker will also be on hand to answer all your interfacing and IT questions. You can also connect with Jerry Butler (VP Sales) and Jesus Rodriguez (Music Scheduling Consultant) to take a look at the coolest new programming features you might not be using yet. They'll be joined by other members of our team representing the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America, as well as our international partners from ON AIR. To get a sneak peek of what's new, look for MusicMaster in Radio World's "15 Things You Can't Miss at NAB" webinar. If you haven't registered for NAB yet, use our code LV5477 for a free Exhibits Only pass.
The latest service release is now available for Version 7. Go to Help, Check for Update to get 7.0.4. This update addresses issues reported in some areas with copy/paste and drag/drop. New options include the ability to set up more than one traffic definition file in your export design, the ability to use macro commands in the file path specification that work off the standard folders on the computer and the ability to limit definition files that are shown by adding an option that indicates the database name when building the definition file. Finally, MusicMaster is used around the world so we’ve added a Special History Report for our friends in Romania.
If you are a MusicMaster subscriber and haven't made the upgrade to Version 7 yet, please visit our Version 7 page to see what's new and watch the video tour. To update to Version 7, go to the Help menu and select Check For Update. For any questions about updating, contact your support rep or call our help hotline at 262-825-4000.
"The Spoke Theory of Music Programming"
In each newsletter, we present a guest article from one of our MusicMaster ProTeam consultants. This month, Tracy Johnson of Tracy Johnson Media Group presents the "Spoke Theory" - or how to protect your weaker content with a careful clock pattern of power hits.
Results Bar Sizing
You've probably changed the size of the font in both the Library and Schedule Editor to make it easy for you to read all the information you want to see. If you're like some of us, you're making it bigger so you squint less. There is a new option in Version 7 in the Schedule Editor that now allows you to size the Results Bar. Once this toolbar is displayed, right click on it to Customize. Not only will you see the various panels you can display, but there will be an option to make it larger or smaller. If you want to see more panels, you might make it smaller. If you would prefer not to push that monitor so far away, you can make it larger. Either way, it's just another option you can customize to make your display as useful as possible.
by Jerry Butler - Does your active library skew older or newer? What is your target year? I occasionally get calls from programmers wanting to find out the average year for the music in their library. Here is a quick way for you to analyze the yearly breakdown of your library.
First thing you will want to do is confirm the field you are using for your year data is a numeric-fixed field. Many stations use a text field for this, but there is an advantage of using the numeric-fix field. To check what your field is, you can hover your mouse over the header for the field in your library maintenance window. You’ll notice I have both a year (numeric-fixed) field as well as a text field side-by-side for this demonstration.
by Paul Ziino - MusicMaster Version 7 offers a new way to edit clocks. Introducing Quick Entry!
Open a clock or create a new one, then click the wrench icon. Here you have two columns of options: Show/Hide Elements and Show/Hide Columns. If you don’t want to view specific element types you can un-check them. For this exercise we’re going to add a check to Quick Entry under the Show/Hide Columns. If you want to keep these settings, check the box to Save as Default Settings.
Each element type has a keyboard shortcut associated with it now. You can enter that shortcut in the QuickEntry column of your clock editor.
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MusicMaster in Miami
MusicMaster MSC Jesus Rodriguez traveled to Miami in March for the Radio Ink Hispanic Conference. Just before the conference kicked off, Jesus led a Miami MusicMaster Genius Day, which was attended by over 20 talented programmers from a variety of formats and markets. Later in the conference, Jesus led another learning opportunity, moderating a panel on "Hispanic Radio Music Formats: What's Hot and What's On The Way". The panel featured Latin radio legends Raymond Torres (iHeartRadio), Veronica Nava (Dash Radio), Jesus Salas (Spanish Broadcasting Systems) and Haz Montana (Univision Radio). During the show, Jesus caught up with many clients and radio colleagues, some pictured below. He also dropped by several MusicMaster stations in the Miami area, including Univision, Entercom and National Latino Broadcasters at Sirius XM.
Atli Már Steinarsson
Rúv Núll, Reykjavík, Iceland
Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) is Iceland's national public-service broadcasting organization.
Operating from studios in the country's capital, Reykjavík, as well as regional studios around the country, the service broadcasts an assortment of general programming to a wide national audience through terrestrial radio, web channel, and television. Atli Már Steinarsson works as Dagskrárgerðamaður/Verkefnastjóri (Programming/Project Manager) for channel Rúv Núll.
Of his MusicMaster experience, Atli shares: "I‘m a fairly new user, still getting to know the program and all the functionalities. I like the interface and the things I can do so far, but I realize that there is much more under the hood than I can see right now. I can easily accomplish what I need to right now, but as time goes by, I'm looking forward to customizing it more to my needs and dig a little deeper to better serve my audience and also satisfy the music nerd in me."
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