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Old 09-04-2012, 17:40
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I can receive Atlantic where I am staying in Somerset. I noticed it didn't broadcast Big Top 40 yesterday.

Is it because they can't receive network programmes?
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Old 09-04-2012, 17:46
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Is it because they can't receive network programmes?
I assume it's as they're yet to make any schedule changes.

The chart show is just carried on IRN channels, as far as I know.
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Old 09-04-2012, 18:22
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I can receive Atlantic where I am staying in Somerset. I noticed it didn't broadcast Big Top 40 yesterday.

Is it because they can't receive network programmes?
Atlantic have never taken the chart with Rich and Squeaky. I imagine they soon will though when programmes come out of Exeter / London... so for anything alternative on a Sunday afternoon in Cornwall it'll be the BBC or Spotify!
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Old 09-04-2012, 19:59
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You can always tell when a great station is about to go to the wall..... it's when you hear "This is the Heart of ......."

The end is nigh...

EDIT: Just checked and can confirm their playlist is now identical to Heart, albeit about 2 minutes behind at the moment.
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Old 09-04-2012, 20:17
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EDIT: Just checked and can confirm their playlist is now identical to Heart, albeit about 2 minutes behind at the moment.
It's been like that ever since it was announced that Global had purchased the station, more or less.
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Old 09-04-2012, 21:01
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Same edits too as confirmed by the Atlantic FM 'now playing' feature. Where is the music coming from, complete with Heart's edits? Is it feeding from a Heart server somewhere?
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Old 09-04-2012, 21:31
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Probably played out locally TBH
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:31
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I guess this transition is quite interesting in a way, as the other stations were already owned by Global, with generic websites that suddenly turned pink etc.

I guess the next step now is to drop the 'Atlantic' name from any on air branding?
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:57
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Same edits too as confirmed by the Atlantic FM 'now playing' feature. Where is the music coming from, complete with Heart's edits? Is it feeding from a Heart server somewhere?
Atlantic play off RCS like Heart London do, so Global will have simply bought the database from Leicester Square down on a big hard disk, then copied it onto the system at Atlantic.
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Old 10-04-2012, 18:19
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Atlantic play off RCS like Heart London do, so Global will have simply bought the database from Leicester Square down on a big hard disk, then copied it onto the system at Atlantic.
not sent over some network of some kind? Can't imagine someone driving down to St Agnes every time a new song hits the playlist?
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Old 10-04-2012, 18:27
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not sent over some network of some kind? Can't imagine someone driving down to St Agnes every time a new song hits the playlist?
When the initial change happened, it'll have been done by a physical solid-state disk being taken down to St Anges. The database would be far too large to send via the network.

What will happen with new tacks is that the card information for Selector and the WAV of audio will be sent over the network from Leicester Square where St Anges' RCS will pick it up and automatically import the audio and card information.

For the sites on Genesys, it's an even easier piece of piss - you create a folder that then pushes anything you put in it to the audio import directories at every site.
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Old 10-04-2012, 19:37
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When the initial change happened, it'll have been done by a physical solid-state disk being taken down to St Anges.
Couldn't that have come from Exeter though?
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Old 10-04-2012, 22:18
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When the initial change happened, it'll have been done by a physical solid-state disk being taken down to St Anges. The database would be far too large to send via the network.
Really? I assumed it would fit on an 3 1/2" floppy
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Old 11-04-2012, 00:44
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Couldn't that have come from Exeter though?
Unlikely as I imagine Exeter are on Genesys - St Agnes are on RCS.
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Old 11-04-2012, 00:45
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Really? I assumed it would fit on an 3 1/2" floppy
What is this? 1989?!

You'd struggle to get 10 seconds on a floppy...
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:06
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Picked up same travel now. Haven't heard news yet.
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Old 11-04-2012, 14:29
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You'd get more like a minute and a half with 128kbps MP3 though.

On topic, it would be madness if they did both broadcast the Big Top 40 but I wouldn't be surprised if they did. Here both Radio City 96.7 & Citytalk 105.9 broadcast it, perhaps only slightly useful if it's matchday on Radio City when they usually delay the chart or don't take it altogether.

Heart take it too so there's a lot of duplication as do Real.
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Old 11-04-2012, 15:09
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You'd get more like a minute and a half with 128kbps MP3 though.
But not really broadcast quality...
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Old 11-04-2012, 15:42
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it would be madness if they did both broadcast the Big Top 40
No, it'd make complete sense. The entire Heart network takes it, so if a single station didn't it'd stop the show ever getting talked up, plus the promos would need to be split whereas now they can run across the entire network.

This is what you need to understand: Heart doesn't react to local stations; it does its thing and lets others react. They have a national strategy that's the same for Wrexham, Milton Keynes and Kent. Cornwall will follow it to the letter.

What you lose in local flexibility, you more than gain in planning and consistancy.
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Old 11-04-2012, 16:11
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Hit the nail on the head there. There's tons and tons of markets where non-Heart stations broadcast the Big Top 40. Here, Heart takes it - but so does Capital. So does Free. So does Touch. So does Oak.

A group strategy doesn't react to individual markets.
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Old 11-04-2012, 16:41
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Do radio stations use WAV rather than compressed MP3?
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Old 11-04-2012, 17:16
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Yep. And then it's all processed to b*****y for your listening pleasure!
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Old 11-04-2012, 17:18
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What is this? 1989?!

You'd struggle to get 10 seconds on a floppy...
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Old 11-04-2012, 23:21
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When the initial change happened, it'll have been done by a physical solid-state disk being taken down to St Agnes.
.....or sent by post of course!
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:08
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It was about as funny as the Costa Concordia disaster.
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