Guide to webcast reporting through NPR/DS
Every quarter you must submit reports for two reporting periods, each being seven consecutive days. You are free to choose the two 7-day periods within each quarter. They do not need to be calendar weeks, they may run back-to-back but they must not overlap. Reports are due shortly after the end of the quarter, NPR/DS announces the deadline every quarter.
Before you can report, you must register as a participant:
- Register with the CPB and accept the terms of the CPB-SX agreement
- Register with NPR Digital Services (NPR/DS) for SoundExchange reporting
Playlist logs with Spinitron
During the report period you must log Artist, Disk, Song, Label and each song’s Timestamp (start time and either the song’s duration or end time). You must enable in Spinitron the Start/Duration/End Time logging during the report period (Admin > Advanced configurations).
To generate and submit your playlist log(s) choose Webcast playlist log – NPR/DS under Music DB.
- In the Webcast playlist log form (below) all you need to do is specify your report period and click "Generate report".
- On the next page you should review the report. If you are satified with it you may submit it directly to NPR/DS, otherwise you can come back to generate another report after making changes. You may also email and/or download the report file.
If you have two 7-day report periods rather than one 14-day period, you will go through this process twice submitting two playlist logs to NPR rather than one.
Streaming logs are generated by your webcast streaming server. They record the start and end time of each listener’s connection to your stream. You need log files that include all streaming activity of your chosen reporting periods.
Contact whoever is responsible for your webcast streaming server in advance of reporting to ensure the data is being collected in the required format. Spinitron has a stream log converter that generates files in the NPR/DS format. Contact us if interested.
Use NPR/DS Composer to upload the streaming log file(s) you got from your webcast server.
Reports required using Composer
Composer Basic and Pro are products from NPR Digital Services. Either can be used to submit the following reports – contact NPR/DS for access.
Reporting period dates. NPR/DS requires specification of the start dates of your two chosen 7-day reporting periods in Composer. Emailing them to NPR/DS or otherwise noting them in filenames or files is not acceptable.
Program schedule. Update your program schedule, including syndicated shows, in Composer to reflect programming during the two reporting periods.
Streaming logs. Use Composer to upload the streaming log file(s) you got from your webcast server to NPR/DS.
Notify NPR Digital Services by email that you have submitted reports and request confirmation. Don't assume that no news is good news. Only with explicit confirmation that your reports are in order is the quarter's reporting complete.