Sam Broadcaster 2014.3 requires MSXML 4.0.

I read on the Spacial forums that a user has noticed this major issue with SAM Broadcaster 2014.

Quote: “Sam Broadcaster 2014.3 requires MSXML 4.0.”

MSXML 4.0 is no longer supported by Microsoft. Even firms like Secunia PSI warn against using MSXML 4.0.

So here we go again! When are the development team at Spacial going to stop using outdated programming methods within SAM Broadcaster? Especially when they charge so much for the program.

Mind the main chunk of SAM Broadcaster 2014 is still written in Borland/Embarcadero Delphi.

Most users of Spacial Audio products need to vote with their wallets and use something else instead.

Like Radio DJ which is well programed unlike SAM Broadcaster 2014.3.

RadioDJ requires .NET to work and works rather well once you get used to what the program can do.

It’s probably also worth noting that Radio DJ was recently rewritten from scratch to take advantage of the latest bass.net files.

My advice as per is switch to Radio DJ Free Automation Software Instead and stop buying badly programmed software from Spacial Audio.

Pay for PAL scripts? (SAM Broadcaster)

Pay for PAL scripts?

This is another website that popped up on my radar recently called “PalScripts” offering paid for PAL (Playlist Automation Language) scripts and an SQL repair service for SAM Broadcaster.

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What’s wrong with that I hear you ask?

The problem is they are asking people to pay $$$ for PAL scripts that were once FREELY available from the Spacial Audio forums.

They also offer to fix common SAM Broadcaster problems starting at $30 an hour. Which we seem to think is a bit expensive.

Especially when SAM Broadcaster is so unstable and badly coded.

It’s worth pointing out here that SAM Broadcaster is prone to crashing without warning and more so if a PAL script isn’t written properly.

A badly written PAL script can cause lots of memory leaks and also cause SAM Broadcaster to crash and burn…

Make the switch to RadioDJ FREE Radio Automation software.

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RadioDJ doesn’t require any overpriced PAL scripts in order for the program to function.

The newer versions of RadioDJ have a feature called “Track(s) from SQL query”

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Which seem a lot less complicated than learning how to get PAL scripts to work correctly.

“Money for old rope springs to mind with paid for PAL scripts”

Changing the Default SQL port RadioDJ

Changing the Default SQL port RadioDJ:

When it comes to a SQL server running along side RadioDJ some users have found that their webhosts won’t allow connections to the default SQL port 3306.

If you need a specific port open for this to work it’s probably a wise idea to email your website host support department asking if it’s OK to use a non standard port for use with SQL. Otherwise you may get into trouble with them.

If your webhost doesn’t allow mysql connections on a standard 3306 port then you need to get creative by changing the default SQL port in the SQL server.

It’s not as scary as it sounds. Honestly it shouldn’t take too much to sort it.

1) Backup your RadioDJ database using the database setup tool.

2) Uninstall the copy of MySQL that is on your PC. Making sure you have Removed MySQL as a service.

3) Download the Maria DB MSI installer for your version of Windows Here

4) Install Maria DB when you get to this window.

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Change the TCP port number to the one you want to use.

You will also need to make sure the port you want to use is open on your broadband router as well as your website hosts firewall.

5) Click next to install MariaDB with this port. Also make sure you enable “Root access from remote machines”.

Open “task Manager” and see if mysql is running as a service (mysqld.exe) if that’s running then you’ve done it right.

6) If you then open the databasesetup.exe within RadioDJ and enter your server details for the server like this.

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The most important bit is to have the server IP like this 127.0.0.1:3307

3307 is just an example of a non standard port. This should be the port number you chose when setting Maria DB up.

7) Click on Validate and if you’ve got the SQL connection details correct you should see your SQL server online like the above picture.

8) While still in database setup make sure you restore the RadioDJ backup that you made at the beginning of the tutorial.

9) Start RadioDJ and check everything is restored.

Now we move onto changing the details in the configuration files of the RadioDJ Demo script

You need to edit the serv_inc.php file to look like this.

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Where its says YourIP you need to put in your External IP address.

Next to that you need the port number so it would look something like this: 145.238.23.54:3307

Then just enter the rest of the connection details and if all goes to plan the demo web script should be working on your website.

If your website host still won’t allow you to have certain ports open for requests. Then it’s time to find a website host who does or rent your own VPS.

Important: You change ports at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for anything that goes wrong while configuring things.

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I’ve found myself yet again having to defend myself and this blog on social media.

I’m fed up with people trying to tell me what I can and cannot write on my Blog and Facebook pages.

It’s simple if you don’t like what I write on this website or what I write on Facebook then it’s pretty simple.

F**K off and read someone else’s blog or even start your own!

I’ve wasted far too much time fighting with “Trolls” this past 2/3 years and quite frankly it’s getting boring!

If you feel the need to try and tell me what to write or think then you will quickly get on the wrong side of me.

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If you have a problem with this blog we suggest you read the Disclaimer Page!

If you feel the need to abuse me on Facebook or any other social media site you will also find yourself getting blocked!

Message to the Trolls: Go back under whatever stone you crawled out from. I’m past caring!

Any wonder I’ve now quit the world on internet radio?

Auto start No!

Auto start. No!: I think one of my biggest bug bears about Internet radio station websites has to be audio players on the main page auto starting without any warning.

Just clicked on a link from Broadcasting world and the station “VapingCloud” Radio suddenly started playing.

It really annoys me when I visit a radio station website to see what it looks like. Then the audio starts, That’s not what I want from a radio station website I’m afraid.

Most people tend to prefer websites that use tune in icons or a pop up player.

Please I urge station owners that have players on auto start to stop it.

Don’t force it upon someone to listen.

People are more likely to click off your station page if you allow the player to auto start.

Let the person visiting the website choose to listen if they want to.

SAM Broadcaster Pro EULA Licence

I did a post a few days back about the restrictions that Terrestrial stations have when it comes to using SAM Broadcaster.

It would appear that Spacial audio restrict what you can do with the software even further with the SAM broadcaster Pro EULA Licence.

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You can only run 1 station per licence with SAM Broadcaster. Which means if you have more than 1 station on the go the cost is going to rack up significantly!

Running 3 stations would equal $897 even before you shell out for hosting and streaming.

This is really money for old rope.

Even after shelling out the $$$ for SAM Broadcaster you still don’t actually own the program. Spacial do.

Save yourself the headaches of SAM Broadcaster and its EULA licence restrictions by using RadioDJ Instead.

You are freely allowed to use RadioDJ for as many stations you want to use it for. Without any restrictions in the licence agreement.

I know of several users who have more than 1 station running successfully with RadioDJ.

Yet another reason you shouldn’t pay Spacial Audio for SAM Broadcaster.

Spacial I think you know what you can do with your SAM Broadcaster Pro EULA Licence!


SAM Broadcaster 2014

Now Sam Broadcaster 2014 is out of beta testing. They’re now on version 2014.3 and nothing ever seems to change with the program or the customer support.

I briefly tested it yesterday and the sound quality wasn’t a patch on RadioDJ. Mind the sound in SAM Broadcaster always has been dodgy.

If the 2 releases of SAM Broadcaster 2014 are anything to go by it’s just the same overpriced program that it has always been.

The first version I tested 2014.2 crashed on me after 5 minutes.

I highly doubt you will see any major changes to the software in 2014. Bug fixes (if you are lucky) and more SAM Vibe integration. I also noted with this beta release comes the mother of all scams again.

The Spacial DJ seat system. Which is now designed to work through SAM Vibe.

Most people I see speaking about the DJ Seat system on the Internet feel the DJ seat system is just another way of making users of the software cough up more money for the software.

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It’s seems the band of unhappy users just keep coming.

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Save yourself the headaches of SAM Broadcaster 2014 not working properly and vote with your wallet and try FREE software like RadioDJ which is proven to work.

SAM Broadcaster 2014 still has the same bugs that the program had back in version 2.7.9 and they never seem to fix them.

Don’t buy SAM broadcaster 2014 you will only be paying Spacial Audio to make even more bad versions of the program.

Bye Bye Childhood….

Bye Bye Childhood….

When the news broke that Jimmy Savile had abused young children while at the BBC & in hospitals. It was a big shock for everyone.

Appalling as that news was along came Operation yewtree which then lead to the Stewart Hall trial & now the Rolf Harris trial.

In which Rolf has just been found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault against children.

It’s all a bit sickening when people you looked up to as a kid are suddenly found guilty of such acts of depravity.

I’d imagine the Queen is at this very moment ordering the portrait of her by Rolf Harris be burned!

No child deserves to go through that hell. I know I was once that child being abused by someone.

Thankfully my abuser was also caught and locked up. It’s unfortunate that they didn’t spot in in time with Jimmy Savile.

I really hope Rolf Harris rots for this….It’s totally ruined my childhood.


Remember: If you know child abuse is happening or someone is grooming a child online then report them immediately to the relevant authorities.

There is no place for animals like this is civilised society!


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