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Wide Orbit Radio Automation

Modified: 2017/05/17 13:07 by EricCrocker - Uncategorized
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Wide Orbit Radio Automation

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WORK IN PROGRESS - Please understand that we are actively rewriting much of our documentation and this page is currently "under construction"; if there's anything that you'd like to see added to and/or expanded upon, please let us know by sending us a smile.

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Introduction

RadioTraffic.com converts to an Wide Orbit Radio log format.

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Station Configuration

To configure RadioTraffic.com to work with Wide Orbit Radio, you will first need modify the station configuration to utilize Wide Orbit Radio as the automation system. In the administration module, open 'Stations'. Select the station you want to configure and double click. Once the station configuration is visible, select the 'Files' tab. Select the 'Product' Wide Orbit Radio using the drop down selection tool. The 'Automation Log Path' is where RadioTraffic.com will export the log to, so set this to the file system folder that Merge32/Playlist Editor will pull the file from.

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Cart Numbers

Wide Orbit Radio systems use 4 digit numeric cart numbers.

It is possible to "bypass" the export 4 digit numeric validation by entering a cart number as exactly six alpha/numeric characters. This "bypass" expects that the first two characters represent the event type (DA for example, meaning Digital Audio) and the last four digits the "cart/event number". For example, if the cart number is "DA" followed by "LIVE" (4 alpha/numeric characters) which results in 6 total characters, the export will ignore validation assuming you know what you are doing.

If the cart number is numeric and less than 4 digits, zeros will be prepended making the number 4 digits.

If a cart number is alpha/numeric and does not fit the 6 character "bypass" pattern, DA0000 will be used. TrafficXP does this without any visible warning while Essentials/Premier will prompt you with a warning during the export process stating the cart number you are attempting to utilize and that this is being ignored and DA0000 is being used instead.

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Automation Commands

Though this is usually handled through the Merge32/Playlist editor it can be done in the Radio Traffic system. To configure an automation command open the Administration module and double click the Templates. Select the station you want to add the command. At the top of the Template window select Log Elements - Automation Commands. You will get a list of existing commands or a blank window. Clicking "New" at the bottom will bring up the Automation Command window. For description put in something that you will recognize such as "Antenna Lights". Command will be what is actually happening, to continue with the example you can put in "Switcher 1 Output Closure 2". The final field is the Cart #. This is where you would put what the Wide Orbit Radio system needs to see to send the command, to complete the example "APCLSR2". These are generic examples and depend on the configuration of the individual Wide Orbit Radio system.

Note: If necessary, you may need to enter the cart # field formatted as CAT|DA#### which will export the CAT portion as the category and the DA#### as the cart number. The cart number portion (the second value in the pipe-delimited list) needs to follow all of the same rules/requirements stated in the Cart Numbers section (above).

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Log Notes

Log Notes are exported as "comments" to Wide Orbit Radio. These entries place a dotdot ("..") in the cart number column.

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Programs

Programs are currently not exported.

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Avails/Breaks

Avail markers do not export to the Wide Orbit Radio export and are used strictly inside of RadioTraffic.com as a means of scheduling.

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Log Reconciliation

We fully support automatic log reconciliation for the Wide Orbit Radio aired logs. To configure this feature, you need to determine where these files are located on your network and use that path to configure the "Aired Log Path". This is generally "\\MACHINE NAME\C\SS32\Air for an Wide Orbit Radio system using Merge32 and \\MACHINE NAME\D\RADIO AUTOMATION\RAS CORE\AIRLOG. Again these are generic setting and may not apply to your configuration.

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FAQ

TODO Add any questions as they come up to this section.

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Additional Information

For additional documentation concerning working with playlists/ASPLAY files in the Wide Orbit Radio system, please refer to the Wide Orbit Radio documentation on the subject: