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The Easy-Peasy Way to Create Playlists

By: admin : Posted on July 20, 2015

Staying in control of your music can be tricky, but it’s essential if you have a large library of tracks. Playlists are a great way to upload and organize your tracks, so that you can pick and choose the perfect mix for your radio station. Instead of wasting time scrolling through your library, we’re here to show you a refreshingly easy way to make useful playlists for your station.

Simple Steps to Super Playlists

All you need to get started with your playlist is Windows and Microsoft Excel. If you have these then great, you can make a start by simply launching the Command Prompt on your computer, and navigate to your music directory. From here, you can create a TrackList.csv document, which will be added into your music directory folder.

This can be opened in Excel, where you can remove tracks that you don’t wish to feature in your playlist, change the order, or even randomize it to create a playlist that’s full of surprises. Compile one giant, jam-packed playlist or whittle down the selections by genre, artist or era, to make managing your radio station easier.

Still scratching your head? Our crazy scientist is here to walk you through how to create funky playlists with a brief video tutorial.

Using Your Playlist with Spacial

Once you’ve created a playlist, you can use it in any media player, provided you follow the instructions in the video and export the document into an m3u file extension. As long as the file is saved in this format, you can use it as a playlist with SAM Broadcaster or SAM DJ and you can even upload the tracks listed in the playlist directly from your computer into your SAM ViBE Library.

Want to learn more cool tricks on how to become a broadcasting pro? Visit our YouTube channel for tons more tutorials from the Spacial team, or tune in to Radio Spacial for exclusive tips and answers to your questions.


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Let’s Talk About IMPACT! (BOOM! CRASH… I M P A C T !)

By: admin : Posted on May 6, 2014


This one’s a really easy one.

Are you ready?


That’s it! Seriously, press the big green button (RCS radio gag there), play a jingle, commercial, song, next element and then just SHUT THE HELL UP!

When I was on the radio and told a story with a great ending, I would usually play a “Robin Banks”-branded sweeper or ID before the next element, be it the advert or next song.

The reasoning is that if your audience is listening to you and following your story, you hit them with the most awesome punchline, or “out”… then you brand yourself on the impact point and shut up. Just stop talking!

Y’see, everything that you say after that amazing climactic finish line is redundant waste. It actually takes away from the power of your story in the first place.

If you do it the way I’m telling you, then the audience will recall YOU as well as the story or joke. You get me? The listener will subconsciously love that bit you did even better.

Think about your links. Think about the way your story is crafted — yes, crafted. You’ve got to become a craftsperson of the airwaves.

It’s kind of like a great comedian. I’m not saying all podcasters or radio people are comedians here, but what do comedians do after the hit you with the punchline? They SHUT THE HELL UP! Allowing the impact of their great gag to be enjoyed to the max. Yeah, they may smile and walk around the stage a bit, but they’re allowing the audience to subconsciously enjoy the moment.

So, have you got any questions that you’d like me to address and answer in a future sendout? Just email me at I promise I’ll keep your identity secret.

‘Til next time,

Click here to send your question to Robin and visit his website.

For more great tips, visit the Music Radio Creative YouTube Channel

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Hey, Broadcasters: Your Image Matters

By: admin : Posted on March 31, 2014

For better or worse, we all judge others based on appearances. We really do judge books by their covers. When food looks unpleasant, we don’t eat it; if something looks dodgy, we won’t trust it.

Would you trust this bird? Source: rikkis_refuge

Would you trust this bird? Source: rikkis_refuge

The same can be said of internet radio. Your station might be absolutely fascinating, and you might have the best radio automation software available, but if doesn’t shine on the outside, nobody’s gonna to tune in.

It’s true because science says so: There was once a study from the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences that says people judge classical musicians as much by their looks as their abilities.

The question is, then: How can you improve your image?


Most online radio stations have some sort of website. Not all websites are created equal.

Your website is vital part of your web presence. It’s your anchor for all your station’s information. Your website should be attractive, organized and functional.

Unless ugly is your thing, don’t be ugly.

Unless ugly is your thing, don’t be ugly.

At the very least, your website should provide access to your web stream. You can find instructions for using SAM VIBE’s web widgets by going to this SAM VIBE support page. You can also have a look at our own Radio Spacial website to see the widgets in action.

You should also add information about your stream, your programming and your team. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to the world, especially since your station might ride on your personality.

Which brings us to our next topic…

Personifying your station

The image of your station doesn’t begin and end with visuals. It also includes the voices: you and your DJ crew. You want to sound like an old friend having an engaging conversation: be welcoming, warm, interesting and fun. Finding your voice can often take months, but it can be the most defining aspect of your show.

Our friends Robin Banks is a long-time international radio consultant. Feel free to visit his website and subscribe to his VIP list to receive tips and tricks for radio host.

The visual image

If you’re serious about your station, you’d better not be using Word Art as your logo. There’s no shortage of online resources to find quality graphic design for reasonable costs.

Freelance platforms like Microlancer, oDesk and Elance are all good places to shop for able artists. On top of that, you might also also stumble across that web developer you were looking for to help out with your website.

Fiverr is also an interesting destination where you can get a simple and attractive logo for as little as $5. You can also use Fiverr in a lot of other creative manners.


The audio image

If you are using SAM Broadcaster or SAM VIBE, you already know your station will sound great — but how can you distinguish it from every other station out there?

You need to make sure your listeners recognize your station. Here I mean sweepers, jingles, etc. One of the best place to learn more about station imaging is Music Radio Creative. Our partners there, Izabel and Mike Russel, are the leaders in radio station imaging.

We hope some of this was helpful for you! If you want to get more tips and resources like these, check us out on Facebook and Twitter. We’re constantly growing and updating, and want to take you with us.

Happy broadcasting,
The Spacial Team

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