You’re Just Making Stuff Up?

We’ve been accused of “Making up the problems about SAM Broadcaster”

Nope not lying or making anything up, things really are as bad as they seem with SAM Broadcaster

The problems documented on this website are just a few of the reasons as to why we think the software isn’t worth the $$$ Spacial Audio charge for it.

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Last updated on: February 12th, 2016
at 13:35 PM Europe/London

RadioDJ Stable Database

It’s June 2014 since I last decided to rebuild my RadioDJ SQL database from scratch.

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In all the years I’ve been doing Internet Radio this is the longest I’ve gone without having to rebuild a SQL database.

Some of the credit for the stability also needs to go to MariaDB we’ve found it’s a lot more stable and easier to setup than Oracle MySQL.

When I used other automation software I was having to rebuild the database from scratch every other week as it was just so unstable and badly written…

Plus that piece of software didn’t have a backup tool so when the database went wrong you lost all your data which sucked!

The RadioDJ database setup tool takes a daily backup of your MySQL data and is easily restored if the worst should happen.

RadioDJ Database backup tool

TIP: Backup your RadioDJ database to USB pen drive so you don’t lose data should your PC go wrong
“The only issue we’ve had with the database in the last 18 months was after a power cut which caused some of the tables to crash and was easily solved using HeidiSQL to quickly repair them.”

 
Thankfully power cuts don’t happen that often where we live.

Other than that one issue with a power cut the RadioDJ database has been amazingly rock solid & reliable.

IF you haven’t discovered RadioDJ free radio automation software yet what are you waiting for?

RadioDJ is FREE for use by any DJ or radio station anywhere in the world and comes with no nasty hidden fees or catches.

It really is as you see it with no activation’s needed or keys required to unlock the full benefits of the program.

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(Click on the logo above to download RadioDJ or right click and “Save Link As”)

“If you’ve been having database stability issues with other automation software, MAKE THE SWITCH you’ll be amazed at what FREE & stable radio automation software can do for you and your radio station”

 
It’s a pleasure to use radio automation software when it works as it’s designed.

Last updated on: October 30th, 2016
at 14:19 PM Europe/London

SAM Broadcaster Mac SQL Problems

SAM Broadcaster for the Mac has now been Scrapped/discontinued by Spacial Audio!

This past few days I’ve seen a few users saying they were having issues when installing SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) edition.

SAM Broadcaster Mac SQL problems

For some unknown reason it appears the crossover version won’t connect to the users MySQL database.

Database installation problems with SAM Broadcaster aren’t just confined to the Mac (Crossover) version.

I had no end of problems trying to get SAM to install the database in the Windows version in the past.

As I said in a previous post…

It appears the SAM Broadcaster Mac (Crossover) version was cobbled together in a rush to get a working release out.

The SAM Broadcaster Mac edition isn’t native Mac software. It’s just the Windows version ported over.

I knew there would be problems when Spacial ported SAM Broadcaster to the Mac.

The Windows version has enough of it’s own issues & bugs to begin with.

Sadly when it comes to the Mac there aren’t that many alternatives when it comes to radio automation software written natively for OS X.

The only other “alternative” I can suggest is installing Windows on Virtualbox on your Mac and have that running a copy of software such as RadioDJ

We realise that’s probably not an ideal solution for most Mac users but we’re afraid its as good as you’re going to get at the moment.

Who knows one day maybe some boffin will come up with a decent “Native” automation software package for the Mac…

Stop paying $$$ for software from Spacial Audio you’re just paying them to lurch from one disaster to another.

Last updated on: January 5th, 2016
at 12:45 PM Europe/London

Reinstalling SAM Broadcaster

Saw a tweet from a SAM Broadcaster user having to reinstall the program after it had gone wrong on him and wouldn’t restart after a reboot of the PC.

“In the process of reinstalling SAM Broadcaster it completely refuses to load even after system reboot”

 
We know how this user feels it’s happened to us on many occasions over the years. SAM Broadcaster goes wrong and crashes for no reason even in the newer versions.

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It’s frustrating when SAM Broadcaster crashes during a live show and then won’t restart after a reboot of the PC and you have to faff around reinstalling the program and database from scratch.

We’ve yet to hear of anyone having an issue with RadioDJ randomly crashing on them and not restarting after a computer reboot.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

The MySQL database in RadioDJ is far more solid and robust than the SQL/Firebird databases in SAM.

Plus RadioDJ has an amazing database backup tool that backs up your SQL database at a set time each day.

In the unlikely event of the RadioDJ database going wrong due to a power outage it’s easily fixed using HeidiSQL

Saving your RadioDJ configuration settings is also easy you just backup the RadioDJ program folder to another location (USB Drive/External Drive) after you have all your settings the way you want them.

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It’s rare for RadioDJ to actually crash or go wrong.

We can honestly say hand on heart that we’ve never had RadioDJ crash on us while recording a show/mix or even during a live show in the 5+ years since we discovered the program.

The smart DJ’s and radio station owners are now starting to steer away from using SAM Broadcaster.

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(Click on logo to download RadioDJ or right click and “Save Link As”)

If you should get stuck on how to install RadioDJ there’s a great tutorial on how to install it Here

Once you get used to what RadioDJ free radio automation software can do for you & your radio station you’ll wonder why you ever paid $$$ for SAM Broadcaster.

Despite what other software manufacturers might have you believe there are NO hidden fees/catches or problems with RadioDJ.

Make the switch today… RadioDJ isn’t your enemy It’s your FRIEND!

Last updated on: August 22nd, 2016
at 08:12 AM Europe/London

SAM Broadcaster Unhandled Exception (not enough Storage)

Just seen this topic on the SAM Broadcaster forums.

“SAM Broadcaster Unhandled Exception (not enough Storage)”

 
It seems a user was getting this error message as he was trying to add large amounts of music into SAM Broadcaster.

Message in Event log. Unhandled Exception (thread Creation Error Not enough storage available to process this command)

 
This SAM Broadcaster user sounds like he only managed to get 58,000 tracks of 88,000+ imported into SAM Broadcaster then the program wouldn’t let him add anymore.

Apparently the guys on StackOverflow say this is a Delphi problem with Heap Size exceeded.

“The storage referred to is NOT the hard disk storage but the available heap memory available to the SAMBC.exe process. It’s not even about any system-wide memory exhaustion, but a process limit. Not sure if there are any other scenarios where this might happen or how SAM Broadcaster looks internally (except that it was written in Delphi) This sounds like a memory leak error and only Spacial Developers could fix that.

 
So it’s just another major bug that has never been addressed within SAM Broadcaster? At least that’s how I read it.

I’ve not heard of anyone having trouble loading large amounts of music into other radio software and it’s database.

The SQL database in SAM Broadcaster has always been dodgy anyway.

It’s not the first time I’ve heard of someone struggling to load a large amount of tracks into the program.

This user could have his library imported with very little hassle if he switched to RadioDJ

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RadioDJ free radio automation software

I’ve never heard of RadioDJ suffering with huge memory leaks while importing music.

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AFIK There are no memory leaks within RadioDJ it’s a pretty reliable piece of software. One user had an uptime of 7.5 months.

It seems yet again SAM Broadcaster just isn’t doing the job it was designed for.

The guy has even tried a computer reboot and still cannot get tracks imported into SAM Broadcaster without the program crashing on him.

“Well I added a few more SAM Froze again (same error) I then rebooted my PC now I cannot do Tools->Maintenance->Verify songs as SAM Freezes part way through with a “stopped responding” message”

 
Why do people still pay Spacial Audio $$$ for badly programmed software that just doesn’t do the job it was designed for?

Last updated on: October 23rd, 2016
at 12:22 PM Europe/London

What Database Issues?

I asked my partner to find out when we actually installed MariaDB on our PC that we run RadioDJ from.

Turns out we’ve had MariaDB installed since June 2014.

Yesterday we upgraded it to the latest version. Which went smoothly after we’d remembered to shut mysqld.exe down as a service.

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In the last 15 months that we’ve been using MariaDB we’ve only had 1 maybe 2 issues with a database table becoming corrupted after a sudden shutdown of the computer.

That was easily fixed using Heidisql to repair the tables.

“We could never say the same about another well known automation program. The database in that would crash when you least expected it and was royal pain to fix again. That’s if you were lucky enough to retrieve your database as that program never had a proper database backup tool.

 
We take a regular daily backups of our database with the RadioDJ database setup tool.

The database in RadioDJ is far more robust and tends not to go wrong unless something major happens on the PC running it.

On the whole MariaDB seems to work like a star.

We’d like to thank the development team at MariaDB for making such a wonderfully stable SQL server program.

What Database Issues? I wouldn’t have a stable reliable music stream without it!

RadioDJ of course has to take some of the credit.

“RadioDJ and MariaDB are the most reliable and stable pieces of software we’ve EVER used and we’ve used lots of other databses”

 
So next time you’re looking to install a database for use with a radio automation program such as RadioDJ

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@MariaDB is the database program EVERYONE should be using.

Last updated on: October 23rd, 2016
at 13:40 PM Europe/London

RadioDJ Free Radio DJ Automation Software.

What is RadioDJ?

RadioDJ is a free radio studio automation program for use by any DJ or radio station.

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You can even run multiple Shoutcast/Icecast radio stations if you want using third party virtual audio cables (VACS).

It can also be used as a home entertainment system for music. (Which is what we currently use it for)

Is RadioDJ really free?

Yes! It’s 100% Free with no nasty hidden fees or catches despite what certain software/hosting companies try claim in their blog posts. No keys, activation or patches needed to work the full program.

Will RadioDJ work on Windows 10?

Yes RadioDJ works rather well on Windows 10 with very few issues. Unlike other radio automation programs that have “compatibility” issues.

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Last updated on: March 14th, 2016
at 15:49 PM Europe/London

Help! I can’t install RadioDJ

Installing RadioDJ the easy way…

We know it can be daunting and scary installing new software for the first time, Especially if you aren’t used to using software that requires a database, but don’t panic it’s not as difficult as you might think.

If you follow these easy steps and have a bit of patience then you should have the program up and running in no time.

1) Starting off with a FRESH clean install of your Windows operating system is a good bet.

Don’t forget to backup files before you reformat Windows.

Once you’ve reinstalled Windows and downloaded & installed all required security patches/updates/drivers for your PC then you can begin the process of installing and configuring RadioDJ.

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Last updated on: February 16th, 2017
at 14:36 PM Europe/London

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