What are the rotation rules and how to apply them on Shoutcast’s RadioManager?

Ah the famous rotations! How often should a title be broadcast on the air according to its status? Are we talking about a super hit? A gold ? A recurring hit? Basic rules exist and have been tried and tested for decades. We will detail them here, based on the excellent article by the excellent media consultant Julien Guicherd. We will also see how to put them into practice very easily thanks to Shoutcast’s RadioManager.

So let’s start with the basic principles, as presented in french by Julien Guicherd

First of all, there are the supertops (3 to 5 tracks maximum): in FM these are the strongest tracks of the moment, the must-have. In webradio, even on a non-generalist program, this corresponds to the tracks you want to push very hard. In FM, they can even be played every 55 minutes!

Then come the top hits. A little more numerous (8 to 10 titles depending on the station), you can hear them every 90 minutes.

It is of course possible to regularly switch tracks from one category to another, from one week to the next and in both directions.

Recurring hot (up to 20 titles). In his article, Julien Guicherd specifies that: “These are old tops or supertops, they are considered as worn out titles. We keep them despite everything because they allow us to secure a playlist”.

Recurring titles (approximately 30 titles). This category includes hits that marked the last six months or even the previous year.

Golds (about 50 titles). These are hits that have marked the last few years, or even “eternal” and timeless songs. They exist for all musical styles.

Objectives (about 10 titles). We are talking about tracks that are more highlighted than the new ones. Why objective? Because whoever programs them thinks that these titles have a real potential to quickly become tops or supertops.

New releases (between 5 and 10 titles). We are here on rather low rotations and without taking much risk. Some of these new tracks will become supertops, others will disappear very quickly.

Manuals (5 tracks maximum) : often, it’s to please the label or for night broadcasting. But it is in any case the lowest of the rotations.

Nothing obliges you to respect these principles to the letter on your webradio! It is an indication of what is done in some music radio stations and it gives you a good basis for reflection. But nothing prevents you, in particular, to make each of these bins rise proportionally to have a much wider playlist.

But how do you make the rotation principle work on Shoutcast’s Radiomanager? Nothing could be simpler thanks to the music backs and the clocks.

First, create a music bin for each category of tracks (like the ones we described above). Then you can play on the frequency of each of the bins inside your clock to have the right number of rotation according to the bins.

An example of clocks ? Here it is:

Supertops

Tops

Objectives

Recurring

Supertops

Recurring costs

Tops

News

Supertops

Recurring costs

Golds

Recurring

Tops

Recurring costs

Supertops

Tops

Golds

Supertops

Recurring

Tops

Objectives

Manuals

Recurring costs

Golds

Supertops

Recurring costs

Tops

Supertops

Recurring

In this clock, we find 7 times the supertops tray, 6 times the tops tray, 5 times the recurring hots tray, 4 times the recurring tray, 3 times the golds tray, 2 times the objective tray and 1 time the new and manual trays, for a total of 29 occurrences.

But that’s not all! To play on the rotation frequency of a track, the number of tracks in the music bin also counts. The lower the number of titles in a bin, the more each of the titles in this bin will be played with a high rotation.

If a tray is repeated several times in a short time, how can you prevent it from playing the same track? By playing on the constraints of the trays which allow, for example, to avoid the broadcasting of a title twice in one hour.

Shoutcatst’s RadioManager allows you to program your radio and rotations as you wish, just like any professional programmer. It’s up to you to let your talent speak for itself!