Do you want to announce the time during your radio broadcast? Perfect, you've come to the right place!
To do this, you will need to schedule an hourly break with your time signal. A time signal is a special call sign broadcast at regular intervals (every hour) that announces the time and the name of the radio station.
CREATE AN HOURLY BREAK
If you wish to create and customize your time signal, we invite you to create it via Audacity which is an audio recording and editing software.
It is important that each time signal is recorded in a separate file from midnight to 11pm.
Alternatively, you can download time signals here. These are the ones we will use for this tutorial.
Now that you have your folder containing your time signals, we invite you to go to the Media Library of your Radio Manager and follow these steps:
1) Go to Radio Identification and click on Add tracks
2) Select all Time signal files, from midnight to 11pm (cmd+A on Mac or CTRL+A on Windows) then click Open
3) Once imported, click on New Playlist, rename the playlist Time Signals, give it a color, leave it in manual and click on Save
4) Once you have created your playlist, head over to the Radio Identification tray > Select your 24 files > click on Add to a playlist and select your manual Time Signal playlist.
5) Return to the Time Signal Playlist and rearrange your files by putting the midnight time signal first and 11pm last as shown below.
SCHEDULE AN HOURLY BREAK
Now that you've prepared your playlist containing your time signal files in order, you'll be able to schedule it so that every hour the time is announced on your radio station!
To do so:
- Head over to Scheduling > Breaks in your Radio Manager
- Click on Add a break in the top right corner, a window will open. Here you will discover various options to set up your breaks
- Break hour: set this to midnight, as our first time signal will start at this time
- Priority: set this to 10 (in case you schedule other breaks at the same time)
- Can stop music: here, if you want the hourly time signal to turn off the music to announce the time, you can enable this option with a tolerance of 0. However, if you want to wait until the end of the music to announce the time, you can leave this option disabled.
Under Content, the settings to apply are:
- Playlist: as we have created our Time Signals playlist
- Number of tracks: 1 (as we want 1 track per hour)
- Into Playlist: Time Signals
- Sequential: so that they broadcast in order, from midnight to 11PM
Under Broadcast days, let's imagine that we want to plan our time signals for every day of the year:
- We invite you to set an ending date that corresponds to 6 months after the day you program your time signals (taking into account that you can plan your content up to 6 months in advance)
- Do not click on the broadcast days, if no days are enabled, the Radio Manager will repeat the item every day by default.
Enable the Repeat every 60 minutes option until 11pm (since this is the last hour of the day).
At the end of planning your time signals, you should see this:
Here is what should be displayed in your Daily Generation tab, your hourly time signal should be played on time if you have enabled the Can interrupt music option.