Where Radio Stations Get Music


A radio station music source that’s best for Radio music libraries is RadioMusic. It is automation ready music on hard drive that’s perfect for stations’ radio formats. It’s uncompressed music with true compact disc quality. Also, when record companies releases shorter Music for radio stations, that’s what stations get from RadioMusic.com. Truly, songs for radio.

When a radio station gets a song, what do they do before they broadcast it?

First is the rip (import) from compact disc or download from an Internet source. Next, the song may have to be converted to a format supported by their automation using software such as NCH Switch Audio File Converter or Sound Taxi. There are dozens of different audio formats, including M4A, MP3, MPEG II, WAV, AAC, FLAC, OGG, WMA, PCM, AIFF, and more. Most on-air music players need all the songs to be in the same format. Few, if any, will intermix technologies. Then each song is opened one at a time in music editing software such as Adobe Audition, Sound Forge, Audicity, NCH’s Wavepad, Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and others. The primary function of a waveform display editor is to “splice” out or “bleep” any dirty words in the song and to normalize (make uniform) the audio level to avoid loud peaks.

Different idea

Every record company has a different idea about how loud they should sell their music. For radio, consistency from song to song is essential to keep listeners tuned in for long periods of time. (We’ve all experienced TV shows where the program audio volume is fine and then commercials come on a shout at us obnoxiously. We especially want to avoid that in radio.) Then software from the automation manufacturer is needed to add sequence trigger points that tell the on-air computer system to start the next event at the end of a current event. Such vendors include RCS, WideOrbit, ENCO, Broadcast Electronics Audio Vault, Station Playlist, DJB Radio, Smarts Skyla and others have necessary audio ingest software. This is especially needed if the station will have any automated, prerecorded voice tracked or unattended shifts. The sequencing from song to song won’t happen by itself unless the song’s timing has been manually entered at startup.

And the sequencing decision is a project and an art in itself. If your music format is diverse, it needs to be scheduled for air presentation to maintain continuity and keep listeners tuned in. Not many listeners want to hear Karen Carpenter or Maria Carey’s soft ballad followed by Megadeth or Motley Crue. Songs need to have their title, artist, length and a handful of other programming characterists such as beats per minute or tempo, intensity, whether is male or female solo or group, and other information entered into a scheduling computer. Internet stations are legally prohibited from playing more than a specified number of songs by one artist in a certain time span, and over the air stations may not have a similar legal requirement but they would not want to over or under play a certain type of music for an extended period of time. So there’s data entry required, as well as the purchase or lease of music rotation software from companies such as RCS Selector, A-Ware’s Music Master, Micro power’s Power Gold, Natural Music, Music 1 or Station Playlist.

Music scheduling software

And the music is tailored for your station’s automation. No importing, no ripping, no punching segues, no import of mp3, no typing of titles or artists either in production or music scheduling software. Just copy it in. It’s from Dave Scott, inventor and former owner of Scott Studios, TM Studios Gold Discs and Gold Wave, bought by tens of thousands of radio stations.