Channels

RadioTime offers channels for popular categories to make it easy for listeners to quickly find and enjoy quality programming.

Channel Definition and Goals

  • Channels are editor-selected grouping of noteworthy programs and/or stations.
  • Channels do not need to include highly rated items since these are mixed into the browse automatically.

Guidelines for Channel Content

  • Include a mix of new, interesting, wacky and other options that listeners might not otherwise discover.
  • Look for regional variety, including global options and multiple languages. However, the audience is largely English-speaking. Station coverage can be more global than programs which are mostly North American.
  • Be sure every item has complete and correct information, including a logo. If a logo is missing, click “Fix-it,” and ask for a logo.
  • Include a selection of stations that have MP3 streams for broad support. Keep stream speed and reliability in mind as important factors.
  • Look for programs with a broader range of broadcast times, which increase the chance it will be available.
  • Look for some coverage 24×7. RadioTime use is highest during the US workday and drops dramatically over the weekend
  • Don’t include programming that’s not available for free streaming.
  • Keep the total list of typical live options under 20.
  • Well-maintained channels can have fresh or topical content rotated out, but don’t attempt topical information without a commitment to keep it fresh.

Managing Channels

Add/Remove

Channels are actually favorite folders under the accounts below. To manage what’s inside:

  1. Log into RadioMill.
  2. Use search, channel and select the channel.
  3. Search to add new items.
  4. Select to delete items.

What’s Displayed

  • The service automatically filters off programs that are not live and stations that don’t stream.
  • Content is weighted and rotated with each page refresh.
  • Browse includes items from the channel and associated genre, ranked for the user

Testing Browse

Because content is featured, reliable access and accurate information are especially important.

Testing a channel has these steps:

  1. Listen to every station in the channel to confirm the streams work and the station/format is correct.
    • Report any problems found while listening with “Tell us to fix it.”
  2. Listen to every program in the channel to confirm all the live broadcast information is correct.
    • Listen to every broadcast option for the program (which can take time).
    • Repeat program testing during different times of the day and on the weekends to confirm programs included have been tested.
    • Report any problems found while listening with “tell us to fix it.”

The Fix-It report is so an administrator can correct the information, whether it is a bad stream, the wrong stream or the wrong program. In the report, please include what you found wrong (e.g. Jazz is on instead of the listed sports program). If you’ve been trained with RadioMill, you can chose to fix simple problems, or you can report them and then fix them later.