Playlist entry fields
Station management can disable non-essential Spinitron playlist fields for your station. So you may not have access to all of the following.
Here's some explanation of the fields in the playlist entry form. For more details on each field and the consequences - if any - of disabling them see enable/disable fields.
- Artist — The name of the artist or band performing the song. Never type various artists ( entering comps & splits → ) For classical music, unless your station has the Composer feature enabled, enter the composer in Artist and performers in Song note. ( entering classical music → )
- Song — The name of the song or composition
- Composer — Some stations enable Spinitron's Composer feature which allows logging of both the song's artist and composer. If your station's admin hasn't enabled this feature, you won't see the composer field. ( entering classical music → )
- Disk — The name of the disk (album, collection). If you don't enter a disk name then Spinitron assumes you are playing a single
- Label — The record label or publisher
- Year — The disk's release year. If a reissue, the year that reissue was released
- New — Check this if the release is currently considered "new" at your station. ( new & date added → )
- Local — Check this if the song is by a local band or artist
- Request — Check if you played the song in response to a listener request
- Format — Media format of the recording. This is useful for listeners and for DJs to help them locate the music
- Type — Specify if the disk is an album, single, compilation, EP, etc.
- Library — The library at your station in which the disk will be filed. If it is your own disk, choose Private
- Played — The time at which you played the song. This control normally shows the current time but you can set it manually
- Song note — Anything you want to note with the song in your playlist
- Label URL — Link to the record label's web site
- Label country — Country in which the record label is based
- Label email — An email address for the record label. Useful for sending playlists to in order to help cultivate servicing relationships
- Date added — Date the disk was added to the station's library. ( new & date added → )
New & Date added fields
Many stations compile weekly Top 30 (or whatever) charts and most of these stations only include music that's new at the station in these charts. Some stations differentiate the new material by putting it into separate stacks or bins for a period of time before filing it in the libraries.
Spinitron can generate various Top X charts automatically but charts of new music will only be accurate if the system can tell which disks are new. Spinitron uses two methods to do this: the New checkbox and the Date added field.
New — You indicate music that's "new" at your station with the New checkbox. Please always:
- Check the New checkbox whenever you play new music
- Check that the disk's Date added is correctly set
Date added — This field records when the disk was added to the station's collection. It has several uses including the compilation of charts.
- If Date Added is set then the disk's Library cannot be set to Private – in other words, if the disk was added to the station on a certain day then it cannot be a disk that the station doesn't own.
- If you check New and the disk's Date added field is not set then Spinitron sets the date added to today.