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Database analysis is like a box of chocolates – You never know what you’ll find! posted on October 21st, 2013

By Marianne Burkett

Some days, a client call about one thing and then, it turns into a fact finding mission about a completely different issue.  Let’s take the call I received this morning from PD Bob.  Initially, he’d called about changing one hour in his assignment grid for just one day.  We went through the steps in changing the grid, unscheduling that hour to reset the clock template, and rescheduling the one hour.  I was thinking …okay, that was a quick call.

Then, he asked how to disable Gold Recycling in a few of his older categories.   We discussed it and I walked him through the procedure.  (Dataset/Schedule/Gold Recycle/X) Bob also does morning drive, so he is frequently listening to the midday music and then listening to the overnight show the next day, where he’d hear recycled music.  We started talking about repetition and listening patterns of the audience.

Then, he said something was bothering him about repetition of a specific song and asked about searching by automation number.  I pointed him in the right direction using a Library Query, and searched for a specific number.  He looked at the history of the song and said he felt like he was going crazy because he thought he heard the song two times within a few hours two or three days earlier.  So, I used the MusicMaster “Search Bar”… (it looks like a windows address bar) and searched by the title.  That is when we discovered the same title with two distinct automation numbers in active rotation! Since he was brand new to MusicMaster Windows, I suggested we look for more duplicates.

Using the Song List Editor, (which you can access via the Info Bar or Dataset/Library/Song List Editor)…

databaseissues_image1…we did a library search of his rotated music…

databaseissues_image2…and then, using the middle double arrows…

databaseissues_image3…added ALL songs to the Song List Contents area on the left.  (The double arrow to the right, with 1<< adds only unique songs.)

On the left side I showed him the “Wizard Wand” icon and Song List Arrangement function “Find Duplicate Songs”.

Once you click OK, the duplicates rise to the top.

databaseissues_image6As you can see, he found four duplicate titles with different automation numbers.

So, I had him mark the newer (second song) duplicate with his F7 key, and exit the Song List editor.

databaseissues_image7Now all he needed to do was move the marked songs to a hold category and scan his editor for the marked duplicate songs that were already scheduled, and replace them with something else.

Now, is it possible that PD Bob may want to turn his Gold Recycling back on?  I’m not sure, but he won’t be having the duplicate issue anymore.

Our thanks to PD Bob for allowing us to show his data to illustrate this issue.

If you have any concerns or questions about your library and troubleshooting, contact your Music Scheduling Consultant for some quick answers!

Scheduling Countdowns! posted on March 19th, 2010

By Marianne Burkett

So, you’ve decided to do a daily Countdown or perhaps a larger scale “Top 100” Countdown this weekend. In MusicMaster – whether it’s top 5 or 500 songs – you can automatically generate that Song List with the History Browser!

Dataset/Analysis/History Browser. Select your frame of time and which Music Categories you’d like included in the countdown. Set up the Details tab with “Individual Songs”. Go down the list and pick your number and press okay.

Doing this will Open the Browser. Report in order of Rank & Spins. Save as List. This will create a new Song List.

After you’ve created your Song List, right click on the song list and open the song list editor to make whatever tweaks you’d like to the list, like Reversing the Order so the number 1 song is at the end of the countdown.

Then, in your clocks – you’ll be using Element Type “Saved List”. Plug the List directly into the clocks (be sure to begin with “First”). Typically you’d have 2 clocks: the start of the countdown clock and then the continuation clock, which would begin with Saved List “Next”.

Plug those clocks into the assignment grid and you are done. Run the Automatic Scheduler. The list lays down first without looking at rules and then the rest of your music and non-music will schedule around it.

Happy Scheduling!

We’re Countin’ ‘Em Down All Weekend Long! posted on March 4th, 2010

By Drew Bennett

Back in the day, (I won’t say what day because it will seriously date me) I was in charge of scheduling the music at an AC station in Kansas City. It’s gone now but it was a great station and I enjoyed the people I got to work with. We really tried to make our station compelling and special programming was something we focused on to really try and stand out. (more…)