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 Pro they had this to say.
“I don’t care what anyone else 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 an online radio stream.
“Back in 2002 SAM Broadcaster crashed that often that I ended up losing 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 was 1999/2000 when I was first introduced to SAM Broadcaster v1.3 & I found it difficult to use work
SAM was a product conceived & designed in 1999 hasn’t seen a great deal of development since.
SAM Broadcaster has no place in the world of radio automation software.
We’ve tried the newer versions and it just seems to be the same OLD program with very few new additions.
SAM Broadcaster still has the same bugs/issues the program had back in 2002/2003.
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 only station ID’s.
- The program randomly crashes without warning.
- PAL scripts use far too much of the CPU sometimes locking the PC up altogether.
- The double speed bug where the music plays really fast.
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 it crashes.
When we used SAM Broadcaster 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. Namely Radio DJ free radio automation software.
We can just leave RadioDJ to the automation without having to worry or keep checking to see if it’s still working.
One user of RadioDJ v1.8.2 had over 24 months of uptime on his laptop.
STOP buying SAM Broadcaster Pro from Spacial Audio. You are only paying them to code bad more awful software!
Last updated on: 8th October 2019
at 10:33 AM Europe/London