By now you are probably aware that I hate a program called SAM Broadcaster made by Spacial Audio.
Let me explain a little as to why I hate it so much:
I discovered Internet radio back in 1999/2000 time when I first started using the Internet. Although It was 2002 before I got chance to actually DJ on the Internet.
One of the stations I listened to was advertising for DJ’s so I signed up & ended up with regular weekly radio show.
I had to use SAM Broadcaster 2.7.9 (Streaming Audio Manager) to do my shows with.
Despite being talked through the setup of the program it was fiddly to setup for a computer novice like me. I’d never worked with MySQL up until that point either.
The program never worked as it should & more often than not it would crash or the encoders would buffer during a live show. The crashing & buffering issues actually lost me the DJ position on the radio station.
I put up with SAM Broadcaster and it’s little quirks for just over 8 years.
The final straw came on New Year’s Day 2011 when an error message similar to the one below popped up and SAM Broadcaster was only playing station jingles. Instead of playing music. It’s what’s known as a “Clockwheel” failure.
It wouldn’t play any songs yet the clockwheel rotation had more than enough songs/artists to choose from.
We had title separation set at 1440 minutes (24 Hours) and artist separation at 240 minutes. So that couldn’t have been the cause of the issue.
SAM Broadcaster just wouldn’t do what it was designed to do and that’s to stream/play music. Enough was enough!
Around late 2010 we discovered a piece of software called RadioDJ free radio automation software.
I decided to switch to it after the clockwheel failure in SAM Broadcaster.
We instantly liked the program & found it easy to use. It held up for a lot longer than SAM Broadcaster ever could. The record was around 4 weeks & the computer only needed a reboot due to Windows updates.
We now swear by RadioDJ as a radio automation program. RadioDJ has NEVER let us down & it’s always been there and worked everytime I’ve gone to work with it.
RadioDJ has taken all of the stress out of automating a music stream. It just works as an automation program should.
We doubt anyone will want to put up with SAM Broadcaster and its issues now RadioDJ can do the same job (Only Better!) for FREE.
Before you think about paying out $$$ for SAM Broadcaster have a look at RadioDJ. You may be pleasantly surprised by how good the free stuff works.
Remember a “Fool and their money” are easily parted!
Despite claims by Spacial Audio in their blog posts RadioDJ doesn’t come with any catches or nasty hidden fees, Its 100% FREE for use by any DJ or radio station in the world.
Last updated on: March 26th, 2017
at 16:54 PM Europe/London