Week-old weather forecasts - is this what radio has become?

Paul B. Walker, Jr. walkerbroadcasting@gmail.com
Wed May 19 21:00:32 EDT 2010

probably what happened was the same file name is used for each day or
segment, so the Mothers day weather file in automation was the same name as
the weather for the following weekend.. someone simply forgot to record it.

On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 7:52 PM, Dale H. Cook

> At 07:53 PM 5/19/2010, Roger Kirk wrote:
>  I suspect that the Automation Software could share a small percentage of
>> blame.
>> If a programming template/schedule calls for a killdated file and the file
>> isn't, the automation
>> software should reject it.
> That's not how it works. In a music-based format, the music files are not
> killdated (and there are anywhere from several hundred to a few thousand of
> them), and in any format many other files, such as IDs, liners and jingles,
> are not killdated. Only time-sensitive files are killdated, such as spots,
> pre-recorded programs, PSAs (which typically have a limited run) and topical
> promos (generic promos are not time-sensitive).
> At least in a PC-based automation system you can killdate files. In olden
> days, when we used tape- and cart-based automation systems, controlled by a
> minicomputer or custom controller (or later by an early PC), carts could not
> be killdated by the system. Only a human could kill a cart by noting the
> killdate on the cart label (or hearing an outdated cart play) and yanking
> it.
> Dale H. Cook, Contract Engineer, Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA
> http://plymouthcolony.net/starcityeng/index.html

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