24 Jun Wednesday, June 19, 2019
This Week in The Lund Letter:
> Perfecting your music clock
> Connecting with listeners
> Developing your personalities
> Mobile internet use increases…plus other Trends
Lund Programming Clinic: The Music Tune-up
Music is the #1 reason people listen to FM music stations. One place to improve your music is the actual clocks you assemble for each hour in your music software. The hourly clock represents how listeners “sample” your station.
+ Look for obvious problems like a cluster of all current or all older music. Each 15 minutes should be representative of your format.
+ Fill songs should be in drop positions. You want to lose the weaker songs, not the best-tested titles.
+ Are some clock hours overfilled with songs you will never play? Drop them!
Prime hours deserve prime songs. Take your lesser songs to the hours with less critical mass.
+ Use proportional and random positions to break predictability.
+ Look for any hidden clock rules that may be leftovers from past PDs, like specific artist, era, or tempo filters.
+ Stopset markers can reset rules in scheduling. You can control tempo more effectively with the first song after each stopset or an hour-opening song.
+ Check clocks against each other for balance and consistency of your sound.
Coming next week: Controlling Music Rules and Policies