Settings: Configuring your Settings

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Take-Aways

  1. A completed Settings tab is priority #1
  2. Automation settings for Engineering
  3. General & Content settings for brand manager
  4. Tip: Use "Station Schedule" in Content settings

Overview & Transcript

An overview of TagStation Settings, which includes Automation settings (typically completed by an Engineer), as well as General settings and Content settings for the Programming/Marketing folks.  

TRANSCRIPT

The TagStation Settings tab is where you define your station's branding and default content for display in NextRadio and other connected devices. Completing your settings should be priority number one for every broadcast station.

There are three sub-tabs at the top of the Settings page: General, Automation, and Content.

Starting on the General sub-tab, you'll see your station call sign and a list of radio station genres. Your selection here defines where your station will appear in NextRadio's Genre list.

Below this, enter your station's slogan and a list of top artists or a brief description of your radio station. This information helps listeners know what to expect when they tune to your station in NextRadio.

To the right is your default event content - this is the content you want to display when there is no other event information to display to the listener. Upload your station logo and define a headline and text description—these fields often match the station slogan and branding taglines used on-air.

You also have the option of adding your station's website and a call-in number to the default event. Here's what our default event looks like in NextRadio.

Now that we've configured our default event content, let's take a look at the Default spot and NTR messages, located on the Content sub-tab.

When you broadcast a spot or promo, TagStation checks to see if you've created a campaign for that broadcast event. If no campaign is linked to the spot or promo you're broadcasting, TagStation will display the default content defined here.

The content requirements are the same as the default station event - a headline, text description, and an optional image, website URL, and phone number. The content you add here can match your default branding, or you might want to use the opportunity to remind listeners of what’s coming up after the commercial break.

Now that we have content filled in, spots or promos you broadcast that are not linked to a campaign will be displayed with this default content.

Now let's say you'd rather have information about your on-air talent displayed during a commercial break to entice listeners to stick around. There's a toggle above the default messages that let's you make the choice between showing your on-air station schedule content or the default messages we've just configured.

Choosing Station Schedule will send the current on-air Schedule event to NextRadio and connected devices whenever you broadcast a spot or promo that is not linked to a campaign.

In the right column is the option to configure card content for display in NextRadio.

Cards appear on the Now Playing Screen, below the current on-air event, and can be displayed beneath songs, also known as music events, or spots and promos, also known as non-music events.

To associate a card with a music or non-music event click the "select" button, browse your available campaigns and make a selection. A preview of the card content now appears in your card list.  You can associate up to five cards with music and non-music events. 

Now that I’ve configured our content and general settings, let's make sure the visuals that we're sending out are synced to our broadcast. The NextRadio Alignment setting on the Automation sub-tab will let you delay the delivery of TagStation content to NextRadio devices that are tuned to your station.

To configure the correct timing, open the NextRadio Emulator in your browser. This shows you exactly what listeners are seeing in real-time on your station. With the emulator open, turn on a radio near your desk to listen to your broadcast and watch the content change in the emulator. TagStation content will often arrive sooner than you hear the broadcast audio change, so determine the number of seconds to delay the visuals and enter that value in the NextRadio Alignment box. You should now see TagStation content arriving in sync with your broadcast.

Our station settings are now complete - thanks for watching!

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