By now you are probably aware that I dislike a program called SAM Broadcaster Pro made by Spacial Audio solutions LLC.
Let me explain a little as to why I hate it so much:
“I first 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 online”
I had played with SAM Broadcaster v1.3 when I first looked into Internet radio but my station never got off the ground due to personal reasons.
In 2002 one of the stations I listened to when I got my first proper computer and broadband connection 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 to do my shows they supplied the keys to the software which I presumed were DJ seat keys.
Despite being talked through the setup of the program it was fiddly/awkward/annoying to setup for a computer novice like me and at the time & I’d not worked MySQL up until that point.
The program never worked as it should & more often than not it would crash, freeze or the encoders would buffer during a live show.
The crashing & buffering issues actually lost me the DJ position on that radio station.
I put up with SAM Broadcaster and it’s little “quirks” for just over 10 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 like it was supposed to.
It’s what’s known as a Clockwheel failure
SAM Broadcaster wouldn’t play any songs yet the clockwheel rotation had more than enough songs to choose from.
We had over 5000 tracks 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 November 2010 we discovered a piece of software via a Google search called RadioDJ free radio automation software.
I decided to switch to it after the clockwheel failures and other assorted problems with 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 uptime for RadioDJ v1.8.2 is over 4 Years
We swear by RadioDJ as a music automation program.
RadioDJ has NEVER let us down & it’s always been there and worked everytime we’ve gone to use it.
We doubt anyone will want to pay to put up with SAM Broadcaster Pro and its glaring issues (bugs) Especially now RadioDJ can do the same job for FREE
“RadioDJ has taken all of the stress out of automating our music. It works as an automation program should and its flawless”
Before you think about paying out $$$ for SAM Broadcaster have a look at RadioDJ.
Who knows you may be pleasantly surprised by how the free radio playout software works.
“Remember a Fool and their money are easily parted!”
Despite claims by other radio automation software manufacturers there are…
RadioDJ is 100% FREE for use by any DJ or radio station in the world is that clear enough?
Last updated on: 18th April 2020
at 16:57 PM Europe/London