|Generally what is the first reason for
operating a hospital radio station? At Radio General we believe one
of our primary functions is to provide patients with the entertainment
that they ask for. If that is music, then we are set up to provide
that to the depth a patient might need.
Your station collects requests on a daily basis, what do you do with
the requests once they've been played? Bin them, or collect them?
Some of you may already have an active "request chart" policy. The
"National Request Charts" is about collecting that data that you've worked
so hard to receive from your listeners, and combine that data into a
definitive list of individual tracks made popular by people asking for
those specific songs.
The chart format is based on the classic 'Artist - Track' format.
My thoughts are in order to create a definitive measure of
performance of popular music music, a specific track must be selected.
In the majority of cases, a patient asks for a specific track &
artist. Using the 1999 hit "Perfect Moment" as an example, who has
ever requested Edyta Gorniak's original version when a patient knows
Martine McCutcheon's version better? Equivocally what DJ would play
Edyta Gorniak's version when the more recognised & established version in
the UK would be Martine's?
If your station doesn't store data by individual track or vice versa,
don't worry. You can still be included into the chart through our
calculation methods. More of this is explained in our delivery
To get involved, all you need to do currently is contact us, stating
your name, the station you represent, and an e-mail address for us to
reply to (a telephone number will be accepted in the absence of e-mail).
We will then contact you giving further guidance leading up to the big
production in January. You will NOT need to make any
modifications into your current methods of data archiving, we will work
around what you have; we will do the hard work!
Your contribution of data won't just give us a more definitive result,
but it will give your station a national exposure across multiple hospital
radio sites. Contact us now!
In addition to the above these requirements are necessary to assist us
to complete a quality programme production for all...
An electronic copy of the list of requests that you have
collected. Only an example of this is needed in order
for us to align our combination system.
Any special length requirements. For us at Radio
General because we will be taking news either side of the programme, our
length of the programme production will be 00:57:40. Some may not take
news therefore we can create a full 1hr programme on
Any voiceover station ID's. If you can send us an
electronic v/o or ID that we can incorporate into the programme
production at several points in the programme that would be great. This will
then give us the opportunity to customise the national programme for
your local station.
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