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Managing your Shared SAM VIBE Station Library with Multiple Stations

By: admin : Posted on August 21, 2015

Keeping your listeners entertained can be tricky, especially if you’re managing multiple stations. You don’t want the same tracks repeated again and again, but how do you stay in control of what your stations play?

We’re here to show you how to manage different listener groups and set station-specific tracks, as well as tracks with a common theme or genre. By following our step-by-step guide, you can keep the good times flowing on all of your stations, whether you’re logged in to SAM VIBE or not.

Creating Shared and Station Playlists

Instead of managing multiple libraries, the SAM VIBE Library makes it easy to organise your songs, commercials, and sweepers in one place.

On the Playlist tab of your Library, you can create Shared Playlists for genres, decades, artists, commercials and more that are suitable for every station. For station specific content, log in to the relevant station and create dedicated Station Playlists – ideal for sweepers, ID’s, and genres that might only appeal to one listener group.

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Populating Your Playlists

This may seem a relatively straightforward task, but there are clever ways to speed up the process of filling your playlists. Instead of clicking individual tracks to drag them across, you can select multiple tracks in one go and add them with a single click.

You can also filter your music by year, genre, duration or artist, and simply drag the resulting tracks across into the appropriate playlist.

 Establish Playblocks

You can drag the playlist or multiple playlists into the queue if you wish but to really unleash the power of SAM VIBE we have the Playblock.

Each Playblock can be scheduled either to play once or can be repeated, and selects tracks from multiple Playlists to entertain your listeners. Playblocks can also include many functional tasks like starting and stopping your station.

Create and name a playblock, remove the default rules, then establish your own by selecting the playlists you require from the options available.

Each track detail includes separation rules, to ensure that tracks and station IDs are rotated effectively, as well as track selecting options. Apart from the built-in separation rules, you can also create your own rules which helps vary the frequency tracks, albums and artists are played.

A key thing to consider is whether you select ‘failover logic’ or not. This tells SAM VIBE that if for any reason the required detail cannot be played, it should select a track at random from the library.

On the one hand, this could result in your listeners being subjected to pop when they tuned in for rock. On the other, it’s perhaps better than your radio station having dead air!

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Staying on Top of Your Stations

As your radio station clocks up the hours, even the most extensive music library will begin to run dry. To ensure that your listeners are getting the same high quality broadcasting, keep an eye on your ‘health tab’. This shows any rotation warnings and errors – so if your playlists aren’t performing as instructed, you can amend the playblock or separation rules.

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Make sense? For further information, watch our full video tutorial

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Setting Up a Facebook Page for Your Radio Station

By: admin : Posted on August 12, 2015

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To watch your radio station grow, it’s essential to connect and engage with listeners. Social media is a great way to do this, helping you turn listeners into fans and grow your following with free, accessible marketing. For this reason, it’s important to set up a Facebook page for your radio station if you’re serious about its success.

We’re here to give you some expert tips on how to set up your Facebook page and harness it effectively.

Create the Perfect Facebook Page

When you log in to your Facebook account, you should see the option to ‘create a page’ on the left. Setting up a personal profile instead of a page is an easy mistake to make, but crucial to avoid if you want to establish a social media following. You can then create a Facebook url (e.g. www.facebook.com/spacialaudio), and add a widget to your website if you have one, to make it easier for your fans to find you.

Once you’ve established your page, get to work on branding. Image matters if you want to attract new listeners – here’s why [http://spacial.com/radio-software-community/hey-broadcasters-your-image-matters]. Set your logo as the profile picture, and choose a cover photo that reflects your radio station. If you haven’t got a logo yet, consider investing; they really do make professional radio stations stand out from the amateur ones.

Attracting and Engaging with Fans

Building up your social media following takes patience. To get started, invite your friends and family to ‘like’ your page. You can also grow your following through Facebook advertising – from a few dollars per day, you can promote your page to hundreds and thousands of people who fit your target audience. However, perhaps the easiest way to attract fans is through your station.

Make your Facebook page an extension of your radio station – post about your upcoming shows, use it to promote competitions, share guest interviews and give your listeners teasers. Likewise, mention your page on your station and ask listeners to respond via social media. Create a ‘listen live’ tab and embed your radio link, so that fans can listen directly from your Facebook page.

Without content, your followers have nothing to engage with, so remember to post at least twice a week. However, don’t just make your page a tool for self-promotion – post about other issues that interest your followers, such as new album releases, the latest technology, and local events. To get relevant information on specific topics first, subscribe to Google alerts.

Listen to Your Followers

Your Facebook page offers a unique opportunity to gather feedback from your followers. This could be through the amount (or lack of) engagement on certain posts, indicating what your followers are interested in and therefore what to post more of. Or, it could be through reviews and comments.

Be prepared for the fact that not all of these will be positive. If you do get negative comments, don’t just hide or ignore them. Responding to negative comments promptly and politely gives your radio station credibility, and can paint your brand in a good light.

Follow these tips to propel the popularity of your radio station, and create a fan base for free. Invest some time and effort into getting your Facebook page right, and it can be an invaluable tool for engaging listeners and attracting new ones.

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Windows 10 – SAM Broadcaster Compatibility

By: admin : Posted on August 4, 2015

 

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With the introduction of Windows 10, SAM Broadcaster users have had different experiences.

Whilst our latest version of SAM Broadcaster, v2015.2 is fully compatible with Windows 10, users on older versions of SAM Broadcaster might experience problems. The ultimate solution is to upgrade your software to v2015.2. If your software version is from 2013 going forward, your SAM Broadcaster should work on Windows 10 so we recommend that you try upgrading to Windows 10 before you consider upgrading your SAM Broadcaster software.

Quick TIP: What to do Before Installing Windows 10

We recommend manually deactivating your license before upgrading to Windows 10 by clicking Config – Registration Key – Deactivate to avoid any activation issues. This procedure only works for SAM Broadcaster and SAM DJ. SAM Cast is slightly different. You click Settings, select Registration Key and click  Deactivate. If you still experience any activation issues after following these steps, please raise a ticket at support.spacial.com

V4 Users

It was not possible to make SAM Broadcaster v4 Windows 8 compatible and this remains the case for Windows 10. Whilst your SAM Broadcaster v4 license will remain available to you, this software was retired at the end of 2014 and is no longer supported except for license activation assistance. Your license will continue to work on all of the previously advertised operating systems up to Windows 7. We therefore recommend that you upgrade to the latest SAM Broadcaster if you are moving to Windows 10.

Most customers will be able to upgrade their license from the Products page within their user zone at userzone.spacial.com but if you have any problems, please raise a ticket at support.spacial.com and we will be happy to assist you.

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