Technical Support from PM-Systems


Purpose: Several satellite delivered music formats provide relay closures to fire Return Liners at the end of spotsets. Some Pristine customers have asked if there is a way to make the Return Liners part of the spotset, and not depend on the network relay closure to fire the liner. That way the spotsets can be a little long or short and still sound good on the air. This procedure will attempt to guide the reader through several steps to accomplish this task. The advantage of scheduling Return Liners through Music Plus as part of the spotset is increased flexibility. The disadvantage is there will be more variables to manage in order to make sure the liners are scheduled correctly.

  1. The first step is to create Members for each Return Liner in Pristine Music Plus. Use a unique Title and Artist for each liner, for example include the audio file number in both the Title and Artist fields. Set the Fade Time at a point where you want the audio switch to turn the network audio back on after the spotset, for example if the liner is eight seconds long, a fade of four seconds would be a good starting place. Use a special Music Category for the Return Liners so they will rotate. If each network announcer has a different set of Return Liners, you will need to use several Music Category letters and their respective Levels to provide separate rotation groups for each announcer.

  2. Remove the Return Liners from the Liner Formats.

  3. Disconnect the Return Liner relay closure from either the back of the satellite network receiver or the blue Metrabyte Input Accessory Box.

  4. Create a bogus Relay Member to be user for spotset filler when you do not want to schedule commercials in a local network break. For example, if your music network provides three minute local breaks followed by a Return Liner, then create a bogus Relay Member that is three minutes long. Be sure to use a Relay number that is not in use by any other equipment.

  5. Using Sequence Scheduling in Pristine Music Plus, schedule your Music Formats so the next item after a local spotset is the Return Liner Music Category, immediately followed by a Return To Network command. If there are Local Network Breaks in the hour that you do not want to fill, you will need to remove the Mute Audio Switcher command normally used. Then add the bogus Relay Member followed by the Return Liner Music Category, in order to make the system stay on the network during the Local Network Break and still play the Return Liner at the end of the unused spotset. You will have to create Music Formats for each unique situation. The following screen is a sample Music Format hour:

  6. Lines 3 through 5 and 6 through 8 are examples of a typical spotsets followed by a Return Liner. Lines 9 through 11 show an open spotset with no local commercials, followed by a Return Liner.

  7. Once the Music Formats are setup, insert them into your Day Formats in the correct hours.

  8. Schedule playlists as normal.

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