If you want to add jingles or advertisements to the normal flow of your station's program you'll need to manage them via the Breaks Management area.
The owner and all the administrator have access to this management area. The breaks' management is part of the automation tools and, thus, available for all plans except Simulcast.
Breaks are in effect small playlists that play on designated times throughout the day. You schedule these items from a different management area so that the breaks are clearly set and organized.
Breaks can only play on specific break slots. In each break slot, you can assign one or more break items.
Adding a Break
Click on the 'ADD BREAK' button.
Firstly, you will add:
A title for the break as to be able to distinguish it.
Tags: This is optional but a tagging system is helpful if you want to categorize your breaks. For example, breaks that are commercial advertisements, show jingles or Top of the Hour jingles.
Settings of the break item: You can choose to use the default settings or not.
Status: Select active or inactive from the dropdown menu.
Priority: In case that you schedule multiple break files to play in one time slot, you can select their priority. For example, you can select that the commercial A will play first, then the show jingle X and at the end a station's promo jingle No1.
2. What to play
The second tab of this window shows the available files, the play method and upload new files.
Click on "Upload Files" and select which kind of media you will be uploading, then click "Upload". Once you select a file from your computer, it will start uploading.When the upload is complete the jingle or commercial file will appear on the list below. To add it to this break item, click on the '+' symbol next to it.The Method setting applies when we have added more than one audio files. You can have the option of selecting just one of them randomly or playing all of them in sequence in this break. In this example, since we only uploaded one jingle, there is no difference whichever we chose.
You can select if this a Jingle or a Commercial Advertisement. This will help you organize the media library of the breaks. These categories have nothing to do with Radiojar or change anything on the Billing. Radiojar does NOT profit from your commercials or interfere with the breaks.
3. Schedule in Slots
Now we need to specify when this break item will be scheduled to play, so we select the tab "Schedule in slots".
Select the time period that you want the break to play and the time slots. Here you can see some ready made time slots every hour. You can make changes to this by adding new time slots or deleting others.
Click SAVE and the break is ready!
How to edit a break item
You can always edit or delete the break item using the pen or bin icon.
"Breaks schedule" gives you an overview of the breaks that will actually play each day. The slots you have just created should be visible there, but the schedule will be empty.
Default Break Settings
The maximum duration of the break limits the total time of the break files that will play on a specific spot. For example, if you don't want the breaks to overcome the limit of 2 minutes, then you will set the maximum duration of the break slot in total to two minutes.
The break interruption tolerance refers to the total time that the break will be paused and not air as to wait for a track to finish. Giving some tolerance time creates a better listening experience as the playing files are not suddenly interrupted. In case that you want to make sure that, no matter what, the break will play on a specific time then set the interruption tolerance to 0 minutes ( for instance, for a time announcement).