Anyone have the code for radio-in-a-box?

I’m just curious: a few weeks ago, at least two of the Boston area radio stations that use computers for programming had a huge increase in the rotation of Men At Work songs. I was all about myself to post a blog entry about how I listened to the new popular hit the first time it was around, 20 years ago, but thankfully never bothered you all with that bit of nostalgia.
But in the past week, I’ve noticed a similar overplay of songs by The Cure in particular, so if figured it wasn’t just me, and it wasn’t just a big 80’s music rebirth in general. So I got to thinking, how do the radiostation-on-a-server things work? You know, the box you can buy – in some cases, server included, others it’s just code – that runs a radio station. All you need to do is dump a bunch of music files on it, and plug it into a transmitter. Two questions:

  • Do the default random song choosers have long-term views? I.e. do they specifically pick clusters to re-use over multiple days, or are they just plain random song – to – song(within the style/genre/beat frequency parameters I’m sure they’ve developed)?
  • Anyone have code to auto-submit song requests to this kind of station? Places like InterTech Media and others have made turnkey websites to help run radio-in-a-box stations, so I’m sure some folks have figured out how to get their favorite songs played more frequently on their home stations.

Just curious.
Actually my first radio presets are NPR and The River, because they’re intelligent and local. But MikeFM actually plays a lot of good stuff, so I leave them in there.

(OMG, not only is mikefm dot com a cheezy ad-grubbing parking domain, but mike937 dot com is too! The real Mike {as much as he is real, given that no actual humans are employed by the station} is actually 937mikefm.com. Sheesh. Almost enough to make you want to support legislation banning crappy domain parkers.)

One thought on “Anyone have the code for radio-in-a-box?

  1. I suspect it’s an industry secret. It’s amazing what is. Elevators, for example. I had a prof in college who thought it would be an interesting student project to come up with algorithms for elevators. What floors they should hit in which order, etc, etc. As a baseline he tried to get the actual algorithms that some of the companies used. None of them would give them to him. Apparently it’s a huge area of competition. Who would have thought?

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