This document summarizes how to update a Station schedule.
Programs must be added before they can be scheduled on a station. Schedules associate a program and station with broadcast times and rules. Schedules either recur on a weekly interval or are listed as one-time events.
Navigating to The Schedule
Find the station. Then, from the station form, click Schedules.
Adding a Scheduled Program
From the schedule form, click Add to create a blank Program listing in the Schedule. Enter the Program name, and if found select it, edit the days, start and end time and click Save.
You can update any two of the following three fields to define the time block.
- Start is the start time local for the station. You can enter abbreviations like 10p= 10:00PM.
- End is the end time local to the station.
- Duration is the length of the program. You can enter abbreviations like 30m for 30 minutes, or 2h for 2 hours. The duration is computed from end-start or added to start to get end.
Additional fields include:
- Days represent the current pattern where 1 = Monday and 7 = Sunday. 12345 = Mon-Fri 2 = Tuesday. Days should be for the start time in the time zone of the station.
- Stream should be checked by default unless the program is not streamed. Some syndicated programs and sports games are only broadcast and not streamed. Don’t update these if the entire station streams. Unless the station streams, none of its schedule will be available as streamed.
- B’cast should be checked by default unless the program is not broadcast. For example, a station may air a replacement stream while a game is broadcast. In this case, the scheduled stream would not have a broadcast check.
- Recur means the schedule repeats a recurring pattern. Schedules that include games and one-time events can be edited in event mode to update the event date and time.
- Active is used for temporarily disabling a scheduled item. By default, schedule items are active.
Special Scheduling Situations
Shows That Overlap Time
Programs may overlap, for example news, sports and weather may overlap a longer show when the overlapping segment is less than 15 minutes.
Five Minute News Breaks
A program does not need to be broken up if a station airs 5 minute news breaks while it is on air. The show should be entered in tact with the 5 minute news breaks added separately.
12:00pm - 12:05pm ABC News 12:05pm - 12:30pm Rush Limbaugh 12:30pm - 12:35pm ABC News 12:35pm - 1:00pm Rush Limbaugh 1:00pm - 1:05pm ABC News 1:05pm - 1:30pm Rush Limbaugh 1:30pm - 1:35pm ABC News 1:35pm - 2:00pm Rush Limbaugh 2:00pm - 2:05pm ABC News 2:05pm - 2:30pm Rush Limbaugh 2:30pm - 2:35pm ABC News 2:35pm - 3:00pm Rush Limbaugh
12:00pm - 12:05pm ABC News 12:00pm - 3:00pm Rush Limbaugh 12:30pm - 12:35pm ABC News 1:00pm - 1:05pm ABC News 1:30pm - 1:35pm ABC News 2:00pm - 2:05pm ABC News 2:30pm - 2:35pm ABC News
Shows That Span Multiple Days
If a station lists their schedule with a time like 5am – 5am or 6am – 6am, every show that begins after 12am should be added to the schedule as the next day.
For example, for a schedule like this:
Monday - Fridays (1-5) 5am - 6am Wall Street Journal This Morning 6am - 10am Imus in the Morning 10am - 11am Joe Scarborough 12pm - 1pm Rush Limbaugh 3pm - 6pm Sean Hannity 6pm - 9pm Mark Levin 9pm - 1am Curtis Sliwa 1am - 3am Coast to Coast AM 3am - 5am Midnight Trucking
You would list “Coast to Coast AM” and “Midnight Trucking” on Tuesdays – Saturdays (2-6), since the database operates with a day that goes from 12am – 12am.
- One-time events are added from the program form, not the schedule form. See help on adding an event. However, events can be removed or edited from the schedule form.
- You can’t rename programs from the schedule form. Instead, edit the program to change the name, host or other information.
- All days and times are local to the station, based on the station’s time zone setting.
- Default start time is the end time of the last show added.
- Schedules cannot be saved with collisions between recurring items. Any colliding items will be highlighted. Adjust the start time, duration or days to be sure only one program is on at a time.
- Lineups cannot be added to repeaters.
- “Schedule” is the internal name used for “lineup.” “Program” is the internal name used for “show.”
- When adding programs on the weekend, search RadioMill to ensure that the program does not have a special weekend edition. For example, “The Best of Rush Limbaugh” would be scheduled on the weekends instead of the normal “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”