Recently read a post on a forum where someone was listing the radio software they had worked with over the years.
When it came to SAM Broadcaster he had this to say.
“I don’t care what anyone says there is so much evidence that this piece of software was never intended for radio it is buggy and crashes and has no place in a radio studio”
We’ve had SAM Broadcaster crash on us more than once while trying to run a radio stream.
Back when SAM Broadcaster was on v2.7.9 it crashed that often that it ended up losing me my regular slot on a radio station. Which in turn made me doubt my ability to manage a live show. Gee thanks for that SAM you piece of S**T!
You see it’s not just us that think SAM Broadcaster isn’t fit for purpose in the world of radio automation software.
It’s getting on for 15 years since I was first introduced to SAM Broadcaster. SAM Broadcaster still has the same bugs/problems the program had back in 2003.
Our biggest bug bears about the problems with SAM Broadcaster:
The database goes wrong with tables randomly crashing.
The encoders buffered a lot even with a decent upload speed.
Clockwheel rotations failed to load tracks even though they had enough music to choose from.
The program randomly crashed without warning.
PAL scripts used far too much CPU sometimes locking the PC up.
SAM Broadcaster has never been a program you could use to run a professional radio station with.
It was designed for hobby broadcasters who maybe get 10/15 listeners but not for a station that has 100’s or 1000’s of listeners.
As the original post stated “It is buggy and crashes”
When we used SAM we had to keep a constant watch over it just to make sure it hadn’t crashed or stopped encoding.
There are better options for streaming a radio station with nowadays.
Someone recently made a search “Why is my SAM Broadcaster crashing?”
We’ve also noticed these search terms pop up on our dashboard.
“SAM Broadcaster 4.9.1 crashes on Windows 10”
“SAM Broadcaster crashing windows 7”
“SAM Broadcaster crashes after one song”
“SAM Broadcaster crashes without warning”
“SAM Broadcaster Pro keeps crashing after a few songs”
“SAM Broadcaster keeps freezing”
We often see people saying things like this about the lack of stability with SAM Broadcaster.
“We’re running SAM Broadcaster Pro on Windows 7, It often crashes and sometimes won’t restart after a computer reboot which means we have to reinstall the program from scratch”
“I have SAM Pro on two laptops neither will work because of constant problems with your software crashing”