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Re: WLYN Now // WUMB!

Hi Aaron:
     There are ways to make WINAMP sound a little more
professional.  But first, yes I probably oversimplied
regarding WINAMP and legal ID's.  I know that WINAMP
has only two functions, dedicated playlist function
and shuffling.  You can get a good dial-up remote
control for less than $1500 from Sine-Systems.  I
know, I have installed a few of them.  You can program
the Sine-Systems to automatically fire up a legal ID
from a cart deck, every hour.  Set the audio on the
board for 0 db for the legal ID and set your
automation to about 3/4 of that amount.  It will cause
the audio processing to ramp somewhat to make the
legal ID more prevalent.       Now with WINAMP, you
can use a program plug-in called SQR Soft.  This will
crossfade the player to blend music between two
selections.  It is a very intelligent program.  It
will sound like somebody is actually running the
board. It is adjustable to your own specs.  Try this
out, just for fun and you might be surprised.  Any PC
will do.  73, Pete-

--- Aaron 'Bishop' Read <aread@speakeasy.net> wrote:
> At 06:35 PM 10/1/2002, you wrote:
> >      I would NOT recommend it! Keep your station
> local
> >and sovereign.  'UMB gets enough listeners as it is
> >right now.  As for WMWM, simply take a computer
> with
> >WINAMP and automate the station during overnights
> and
> >if "someone doesn't make it in".  By rebroadcasting
> >another station you risk the having the other
> station
> >"getting too comfortable" with the arrangement and
> may
> >try to take more time from YOUR operations.
> >     Just make sure the station has a dial-up
> remote
> >and that the legal ID makes it on the air as close
> to
> >the hour as possible.
> >     AGAIN, keep it LOCAL and sovereign.  Many
> great
> >college stations have been eaten up by NPR
> wanna-bees.
> >  Just look at WAER in Syracuse.  Once a great
> college
> >station, this formerly 6,000 watt FM station is now
> an
> >NPR clone.  WBUR, once a great college station, now
> an
> >NPR news and info station. Don't let this happen to
> >your station.  LOCAL!
> >
> >Good luck,
> >-Peter Q> really.
> Also, just using a Winamp playlist on random is not
> legal - there's no way 
> to realistically ensure that Legal ID's will be
> played at the proper 
> times.  And don't kid yourself, a Winamp playlist on
> random sounds exactly 
> like a Winamp playlist - it's VERY obvious to
> listeners.   But I'll grant 
> you there are several very inexpensive (many under
> $100) automation 
> solutions out there that sound pretty
> good....provided your staff puts the 
> effort into setting up playlists (which is easier
> said than done).
> And a dial-up remote is not always an easy thing,
> either.  Usually a simple 
> ~$500 DTMF/relay-closure box like a Broadcast Tools
> DC8Plus is not 
> sufficient - you need monitoring too.  That usually
> means something more 
> like a Gentner/Burk VRC2500 - which are more like
> $3000 or $4000.
> This is not to say I'm an advocate of WMWM carrying
> another station's 
> programming on the overnights - or whenever.  I'd
> recommend against it, 
> although I wouldn't necessarily recommend against
> carrying satellite 
> programming like Pacifica news or something esoteric
> like that.  Depends on 
> the listenership and the internal staff.
> What I am saying is that automation has gotten a bad
> rap for two reasons: 
> corporate automation that puts the emphasis on the
> bottom line by cutting 
> costs too much - so it sounds bland.....and sloppy
> automation that puts the 
> emphasis on zero effort from staff and sounds bland.
>  Automation can 
> literally sound as good as the real thing...but it
> takes effort, finances 
> and commitment...three things not always found at
> college stations.

Peter Q. George (K1XRB)
Whitman, Massachusetts
                           "Scanning the bands since 1967"

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