I’ve been looking for a way(s) to easily log all of our music that is played at the station. College Radio Stations have been required by Soundexchange or something else to display the song, artist, and album of whatever is currently playing, but that hasn’t been enforced to the best of my knowledge nor does every station completely comply with it. Since it may be enforced at any time, I’d like to find a way to ensure all of the music is automatically logged, besides manually typing it in.
Besides the legal requirements, logging is beneficial: lets DJ’s know what has (and has not) been played recently; let’s them create, share, store their playlists.
For my radio show, I started out with Paper logs (originally given to us by BMI) and manually wrote out what I played. Then, I moved to making an iTunes Playlist and typed out anything not in the iTunes library into a textfile]. Now, I use the template provided by Soundexchange that is used to log your station’s music.
One set-up that I’ve heard about is ZooKeeper – developed by the people at KZSU (Stanford Univ). This is looks ideal, I hope to contact them about it. The system looks so good and I wonder if it could be scaled down so it can be used by a small station like ours that just has a few student DJ’s without any full-time (and paid) engineers.
Another one is Spinitron, a for-pay solution where the station gives them the information [the songs, artists, and albums] and they’ll set it up in the database. There’s no listed prices on the website.
Any other stations or DJ’s out there, feel free to comment and share how you and your station logs the music.