Daily Program Topics

RadioTime tracks and publishes details about future and past programs known as “topics.”

A topic covers all or part of a program airing. Podcasts and other on-demand programs are saved as topics with associated streaming or download information.

Topics are displayed on RadioTime.com in the Web tuner, search results, featured channels, show detail page and presets. Powered-by products may show topics as part of the “now playing” information and/or as on-demand listening options.

Fast Start

Start by finding or adding the program. Click the “Topics” link on the program’s detail page. Click “upcoming” to add or edit future topics.

For popular syndicated programs, check the Program Live Time, Days and Time Zone on the program page.

Use a short title, and don’t rely on the description as they are not usually shown.

Read more about updating programs.

Automatic Updates from Podcast or RSS

Any podcast feed can be used as a source for past topics. From the RadioMill program detail page, find or create a program for the podcast, and paste in the RSS link. Direct iTunes links won’t work.

Create a podcast or on-demand program like any other with title, host, logo and other available information.

Instead of creating a new program, add the podcast when the on-demand version is substantially similar to the broadcast programming. You can also schedule programs entered for on-demand contact using the RadioMill schedule page when the program is broadcast or streamed from stations on a particular time.

Step-By-Step

1. Search or find the Program/Show

Search for a program

Search for a program

Search for a program

Search for a program

2. Click Topics

Click Topics

Click Topics

3. Review or edit past topics

Review or edit past topics

Review or edit past topics

4. Review or add future topics

Review or add future topics

Review or add future topics

5. Edit future topics

Edit future topics

Edit future topics

The Add/Create button will default to the next day to easily add sequential days.

Topic Field Rules

Date

  • Date the program airs.

Title

  • Ideally 10-50 characters that summarize the topic or guest. This is often the only information displayed.

Description

  • Look for a description on the home or about page of the programs Web site.
  • One to four sentences summarizing the program topic or guest.
  • The first sentence should be a three to five word summary with a period.
  • Replace HTML characters with text (e.g. “&#8217″ becomes ‘).
  • Remaining text should be rich with unique keywords to help associate similar programs together. Look through the description and pull out the best sentences that offer a clear synopsis. Include text that would distinguish the program from other similar programs.
  • Include line breaks to improve readability on longer descriptions for important programs with more complete text.
  • Text should follow US English grammar, punctuation and spelling. The style should be written for the audience appropriate to the program.

Stream

  • Streams are only available for on-demand or downloadable topics.
  • Use the default values, enter the stream URL, and select the type.
  • See Updating Internet Streams for details on this form.

Time

The live time is used to decide which topic was yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Before adding topics, check the live time on the program page; usually the program Web site shows it. You’ll also need to check the time zone of the program since the default is from the program location. If you’ve done so, you won’t need to change this value on the Program Topic Edit Form except in rare cases when the program has more than one airing per day (e.g. morning and afternoon shipping report).

Time and duration use the RadioMill shortcuts (e.g. 15m=15 minutes; 3h=3 hours; 10p=10pm).

Duration

Like the live time, the default comes from the program page. This is rarely needed except for syndicated programs played on lots of stations/times. In those cases, the duration is used to be specific about yesterday’s program vs. today’s.

Active Until

The default should work well. In rare cases, you can adjust when the topic will be hidden:

  • End of Broadcasts: After the last broadcast, when the program is aired on multiple stations
  • End of Show: After the live airing is over
  • End of Day: After midnight on the local timezone for the program.
  • 24hours: 24 hours after the local live time
  • Custom: Enter time and days to let the topic live

Fixed Stream Topics

‘Fixed stream’ topics can be used when a show has a single, unchanging stream link that provides on-demand audio of a show.

Example: Dateline Pacific

We’ll use the “Dateline Pacific” program as an example.

View the Dateline Pacific page at http://www.rnzi.com/pages/audio.php. On this page, the stream for Dateline Pacific is listed as: http://www.rnzi.com/audio/datepac.mp3 This MP3 always provides the latest episode of the show. When a new episode is broadcast, the URL doesn’t change, but the content is updated with the new episode.

Adding a Fixed Stream Topic

To add a fixed stream topic:

  1. Find the program in RadioMill.
  2. Open the topic editor.
  3. Select “See fixed stream topics.”
  4. Click “Add.”
  5. Add a title and/or description.
  6. Click “Update.”
  7. Refresh the topic view.
  8. Click the “stream edit” link to add the stream.

On the program’s page, fixed stream topics are assumed to be the latest broadcast and will always show up at the top of the topics list (e.g. http://radiotime.com/program/p_1095/Dateline_Pacific.aspx.

Rules

  • Don’t add more than one stream per topic.
  • This is not intended for live streams. Only on-demand streams should be added this way. Please ask if you are ever unsure of whether a stream qualifies as a fixed stream topic.