By now you are probably aware that I dislike a program called SAM Broadcaster made by Spacial Audio LLC.
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.
(I had played with SAM Broadcaster v1.3 when I first looked into Internet radio but my station never happened)
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 v2.7.9 (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 7+ days of music for it to choose from & we had title separation set at 1440 minutes (24 Hours) and artist separation at 240 minutes. So lack of available songs 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!
“We gave it up as a bad job & I was truly fed up to the back teeth with the software not working as it should!”
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.