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Issue #97 posted on December 1st, 2013
Welcome to MusicMaster
MusicMaster in Finland
We are happy to announce that during the past few weeks, five radio stations of Finland’s major media group nelonenmedia (a Sanoma company) all went ‘on air’ with its music scheduled by MusicMaster!
- Radio Suomipop stands for Finnish pop and rock music. It has about 880,000 listeners weekly.
- Radio Aalto is a radio station targeted at women in Finland. It has about 630,000 listeners weekly.
- Radio Rock is the leading rock radio station in Finland. It has about 700,000 listeners weekly and 64% of them are men.
- groove FM is purely Jazz, Blues and Soul.
- loop is the Hitradio for the Digital Age. Interactive. Music at high pace.
The challenging project was lead by our international distributor ON AIR in Germany, the Finnish broadcast supplier Noretron Broadcast, and the helping hands from the French/German radio solutions provider Zenon Media together with our friends from SMP in Switzerland. Thanks to all of you!
MusicMaster 5.0 SR-9 is now Available
A new service release is available. Use Check for Updates to get 5.0sr9.
Highlights include a new Special History Report called Relative Separation Analysis. This report will allow you to perform an analysis of the separation time of songs with the same value in a given field across two adjacent time periods. For instance, if you picked the field Artist, you would be able to find the plays too close to where that Artist played on the previous day. The analysis will then show the separation between values in the field you picked looking at the day you picked for the report and the previous day.
Other changes include a new button on the Help, About screen that will open your Windows Temp directory and the ability of the Library Synch function with the program to run the default synchronization option when it contains multiple definition files.
If you’re on an older version of MusicMaster, call us to discuss all the new features available with version 5 and how you can get it.
Survey: Online Broadcasting News
Have a couple seconds? Please fill out our one question survey on where you get your broadcasting news online so we know where spread the word in order to find more Music Masters like you!
MusicMaster Celebrates its 30th Anniversary
Special thanks to our guest speakers, Joe Bonura, Kipper McGee, and Keith Hill for thought-provoking sessions. (Right Image – Top: Joe Bonura, Middle: Kipper McGee, Bottom: Keith Hill) It was also nice to see our friends from across the sea, On-Air Digital, Swiss Media Partners and BVMedia. We did squeeze in some fun, enjoying sunsets on Sanibel Island, sea-shell hunting and relaxing pool side.
The festivities culminated in a 30th Anniversary dinner where we managed to pull off a couple more surprises: presenting Vice President Scott Wirt and President Joe Knapp with plaques commemorating their achievements.
Who was all there? Well, one night we went to an Italian restaurant for dinner. Of course it had white butcher paper and crayons. Mathieu Habegger of Swiss Media Partners made a graphic that showed all the companies, countries, people there and people missing. Here’s the recreation (not an official organogram):
Congratulations to Mr. MusicMaster–Joe Knapp–on 30 terrific years.
MusicMaster Celebrates Return of Emmy-Nominated Video Editor
Laurie Knapp Named Vice President of Media
MusicMaster recently announced the return of award winning video writer and editor, Laurie Knapp.
Laurie joins MusicMaster from Neverending Light Productions, where she began as an intern and within a few short months was promoted to assistant editor. Within a year, Knapp had top billing as editor and writer on a theatrically-released feature documentary film, and was involved in all aspects of production on numerous commercial and small-scale projects. She also specialized in post-production, including editing, animation, and graphic design.
MusicMaster Founder and President, Joe Knapp, says, “Laurie led the Neverending team in social media strategy and website development, and was responsible for creating advertisements, virals, and other online content. This experience will be invaluable to the MusicMaster team as we enter a season of unprecedented growth and innovation.”
Vice President Knapp, who literally grew up in the MusicMaster family, says, “I’ve always been excited about MusicMaster – but really, it wasn’t until I started filming client testimonials that I realized how hard it is to find a user who isn’t excited about MusicMaster! I’m looking forward to collecting more of their stories and finding new ways to sing the praises of the software. My goal is ultimately to enhance our presence by creating new multimedia content and updating existing materials so our message will continue to stand out in this ever-evolving media landscape.”
“MusicMaster Classroom, 10 steps to MusicMaster perfection!” is a new series of video tutorials which we’d like to offer our international clientele.
The first “season” is the German edition “MusicMaster Classroom, in 10 Schritten zur perfekten MusicMaster Rotation!” It is provided by ON AIR’s Justus Fischer and was launched just a few days ago.
Justus’ comprehensive training covers the most important steps to take when working with the MusicMaster Library, Clocks, Rules, Analysis, Scheduler and History Reports.
From now on, new German-speaking MusicMaster users will get the tutorials automatically by e-mail, one by one, and bi-weekly.
The French, British and Spanish editions are already in the pipeline and will be released during 2014.
MusicMaster at the Broadcast Symposium in Berlin
Over 250 GM’s, PD’s, and Music Directors met on the first two days of November and talked about creativity, promotions, morning shows and the future of radio business at the Broadcast Symposium in Berlin. The highlight for the music pros was the workshops about “Music Management” and the “Myths about Music Scheduling”. During the break the attendees enjoyed the “MusicMaster Currysausage”, a typical dish from Berlin.
Radio Monitor Offers a Replacement for Nielsen Music Monitoring
Since October 2013 the English company Radio Monitor has been offering an excellent replacement for the monitoring company Nielsen Music who completed their service in Europe at the end of August 2013. Radio Monitor, the market leader in the UK, is now expanding their business and services to other important radio markets like Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The service, cooperation, and exchange of data with other products like MusicMaster will also be expanded. Their new interface will enable all our clients to easily load the monitoring results directly into pre-defined fields in MusicMaster to create a perfect air play overview of as many competing stations as needed.
Until the end of the year, radio stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland can create a free demo account to learn more about the quality of the Radio Monitor services.
MusicMaster at Monitor Latino
MusicMaster’s Spanish language music scheduling consultant, Jesus Rodriquez, recently hosted the first-ever MusicMaster Windows all-Spanish presentation at the Monitor Latino convention in Mexico City.
In the hour long session, Rodriquez shared the history of computer based scheduling, our growth into a worldwide company, and the benefits of investing into your listeners and employees with the latest MusicMaster technology.
Thanks to Juan Carlos Hildago and the entire Monitor Latino team for a fantastic learning conference, and helping Jesus make MusicMaster historia!
Conversations with Joe Knapp
As MusicMaster celebrates our 30th anniversary, our CEO, President and founder, Joe Knapp, discusses the business philosophy behind our company, and the reason why MusicMaster has been the fastest growing music scheduling system in history. This rapid growth has already made us the world leader in music scheduling technology across multiple platforms, including radio, television, satellite syndication, and more.
Help Wanted – KMBQ Wasilla
Valley Radio Q99-7/KMBQ, Wasilla, AK searching for its next Program Director/On Air Talent. The person we’re seeking will be responsible for all aspects of programming including music scheduling, coaching on-air staff, station strategy, development/execution of promotions, website and revenue generation, and have a strong customer service approach towards listeners, staff and clients.
Q99-7 is a community-oriented Hot A/C station weaved into the fabric of the Mat-Su Valley, offering news, weather, local sports and great music. The Mat-Su Valley includes the communities of Wasilla, Palmer, Big Lake and Houston and is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. Q99-7 is a part of Ohana Media Group, LLC, a privately-owned company with stations in Wasilla and Anchorage, AK and Astoria, OR that believes in radio and serving the communities we broadcast to.
Send your references, resume, programming & ratings history and MP3 to Tom Oakes, VP/Programming, Ohana Media Group, LLC, 833 Gambell Street, Anchorage, AK 99501. You may also send your materials to email@example.com. No links please. Files should be under 8MB in size. Ohana Media Group, LLC is an equal opportunity employer.
MusicMaster Pro-Team: Ken Moultrie
Ken Moultrie has been helping radio stations in all size markets stay on top for over 30 years, currently as Partner/Consultant for Broadcast Partners. Ken’s background includes VP/Programming & Consulting for Broadcast Programming in Seattle, WA., Senior Director of Programming for Jones Radio Networks, and day-to-day radio management.
In addition to consulting many radio stations and broadcast groups, Ken was involved in the development, launch, and management of several very successful syndicated radio programs including Delilah, Lia, Alan Kabel, Bill Cody’s Classic Country Weekend, and Danny Wright All-Night.
Ken has also developed and managed radio projects with Lifetime Television, Marie Osmond, GAC Television, and others.
You can contact Ken at (206) 905-9449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MusicMaster Pro-Team is comprised of experienced broadcast consultants and programmers who are available to assist MusicMaster clients with programming advice. Their services are available under this cost effective program with no long term commitment required, and can be added to your existing software support plan. Information on each MusicMaster Pro-Team member is available below. If you would like to retain the services of one of the MusicMaster Pro-Team members or have questions about the specifics of the program contact Joe Knapp, President/CEO at +1 (262) 786-6519 or JoeKnapp@A-Ware.com.
See the complete MusicMaster Pro-Team Roster.
Quick Tip: New Clock Grid for the Holidays
While it’s easy to create a new Clock Grid just for the holidays, making the clocks can be more complicated. If you’ve made clock changes since the last holiday season, any holiday clocks you have now may not represent your currently programming. You probably don’t want to change your current clocks just for the holidays, so what options do you have? Why not try cloning your active grid and making new holiday clocks. Here’s how: Go to the Assignment Grids tab and select the Grid you wish to copy. You’ll see an option to create all new clocks on this copy of the grid. Since these are copies, you can do whatever you need to do for your holiday programming without affecting your regular clocks. Oh, and don’t forget to use the Format Scheduler to assign the grid so your holiday programming will start right on time.
Recent Feature Articles From the MusicMaster Blog
New Database In Seconds
By Jesus Rodriguez
I have recently been getting many calls from clients needing to create an additional database for a number of reasons. Some have been given the task to create a database for a format like theirs for another market. A New Rock station may be shifting towards Classic Rock, CHR to AC, or vice versa. One client recently had a new automation system installed and needed to create a new database to begin implementing his new data without interrupting the one he uses everyday. Many of these scenarios have a high sense of secrecy because changes need to be made without assistants or other staff with access to the database seeing the changes occurring within it. (Read more.)
MusicMaster Integration with DMDS
By Aaron Taylor
This is another in a series of articles we’ve created to direct you on how you may integrate MusicMaster for Windows with major content providers available to the broadcast industry. This time, we detail how to use Digital Media Distribution System with MMWIN. (Read more.)
Music Master of the Month
“One of my favorite MusicMaster features is the Turnover Calculator in Turnover Analysis, it’s a terrific way to work out rotations based on several criteria. You can work from the number of songs in a category or from the target number of plays per hour or the target rotation. It’s quick and easy and makes a critical aspect of scheduling much easier to work on at the beginning of the clock process.”