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 an online radio stream.
“When SAM Broadcaster was on v2.7.9 the software 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.
“Agree with everyone that says that there’s something wrong with SAM. This software’s behaviour can be unpredictable. There are many nuances about SAM Broadcaster that upset me, Same crap goes from version to version. If my station was not integrated with SAM so much, I would’ve kicked it to the Kerb a long time ago. This software has potential If only it worked properly, I am tired of finding ways around certain things only because the buttons and features do not behave according to the manual, Very sad!”
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 by some college students & hobby broadcasters & 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
- The program would randomly crash without warning
- PAL scripts used far too much of the CPU sometimes locking the PC up altogether
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 from Spacial Audio. You are only paying them to code bad software”
Last updated on: 11th September 2018
at 11:35 AM Europe/London