Music scheduling is one of those fine arts in radio that many people outside the role never truly appreciate.
And for anyone trying to learn more about scheduling, it can be a real deep dark forest of information and a steep learning curve to really get the hang of the role.
In this article, I plan to offer up my three most important things you need to know if you plan on setting some time aside to learn all there is about GSelector, MusicMaster, Powergold and more…
You Will Never Learn Everything
I am by no means a fantastic music scheduler and still have huge amounts to learn, but one thing I quickly found out was that you will never learn everything.
Many widely-used scheduling softwares have vast amounts of features and buttons to press and play with. I know people who have worked as music schedulers for many years now who couldn’t tell you what half of the buttons do.
Don’t kick yourself for not ‘mastering’ the software like you can with playout software or audio editing software.
There Will Always Be Another Way
Thanks to those many buttons and features, it is possible to do almost anything multiple ways in mainstream scheduling softwares.
I sadly think back to my first few months scheduling music logs but getting flustered not being able to do something the ‘right’ way when I would have a good idea.
There is no right way with many programs and you will often find using whichever method works best for you is the correct way.
Exceptional Detail Makes Better Logs
In my humble opinion, the role of music scheduler at any station should not be undertaken by someone who wants a quick tick on the to-do list and refuses to be a perfectionist.
When you listen to your favourite station and ask yourself “how do I get my music logs to sound as good as this?” the answer is exceptional attention to detail.
Spend that extra half an hour soundcoding all the new songs to within an inch of their life, or scroll through the logs and adjust them manually at points.
Spending more time on your music logs is one of the few times the saying “a small amount goes a long way” actually works and applies to the situation.
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