01 Jul Wednesday, June 26, 2019
This Week in The Lund Letter:
> Getting the best songs through the funnel
> Transcend the rank of DJ
> Getting more listening is part of the job
> News avoidance…plus other Trends
Lund Music Scheduling: Fine Tune Your Rules
Every week, The Lund Consultants review music software databases for stations. When we first look at a client’s music, we can usually tell how many program directors or music directors have worked on the software over time. We often observe that there is a tendency to add new rules for music scheduling without taking the time to clean out the old rules.
All music software works like a funnel. There’s a big opening at the top with all the songs you might play. Before songs drip from the bottom of the funnel to actual airplay, they are squeezed by the narrowing of the funnel. The more rules and restrictions you add, the fewer the songs that make the grade.
Give your music software a tune-up. The Lund Consultants offer these tips for better music scheduling:
+ Clean out unneeded rules. You probably no longer need those “boy band” or “Mariah Carey” rules you had when you played a ton of songs by those artists.
+ Watch for rules that duplicate or conflict with each other. Examine your artist, special artist, and group separation rules in particular.
+ Use the right tempo controls. Most software programs offer numerous ways to control the pace of your music. Avoid jarring shifts in tempo and swaths of slow songs.
+ Consider starting each sweep or hour at a higher pace, and use rules to stay within a speed range.
More software tune-up suggestions next week.