Tether offers several voting features that allow listeners to engage with a list of songs in order to determine what will play on the air (including Takeover, Top Song, and FaceOff). The available songs are determined by you, and there are two ways to populate one of these playlists:
- CSV Upload - You can provide a spreadsheet (as a .CSV file) of your active library with any attributes you'd like to use for separation (i.e. category, sound code, era, vocalist), which is generated from your music scheduler and uploaded to the Tether dashboard each time you update your rotation.
- "Autopop" - The top X songs played over the last Y days (with X and Y determined by you) are made available for voting. Because this type of playlist is based on your Now Playing feed, complicated separation goals such as category, sound code, and era are not possible. However, basic artist and title separation are still possible. You may find that an "autopop" list is easier to manage, especially if your station doesn't schedule music locally. Click here for more information on "autopop" playlists.
NOTE: These same instructions can be used to generate playlists for Top Song, Takeover Countdown, and FaceOff, though we advise against complex sound-code-related goals for those features.
This article will focus on generating the playlist export needed to supply your playlist via CSV Upload.
Running the Export
To generate an #engage playlist in Stratus, navigate to Reports and choose Library Report.
Choose the .xls version, and click Set Parameters.
Once you download the report, you'll need to open it in Microsoft Excel (or another similar program) and remove the categories you don't want to have in #engage. We'd recommend right-clicking on the rows themselves and choosing Delete Row, rather than just deleting the contents of those rows.
Save the playlist as a Comma Delimited (CSV) file.
Once you've generated your playlist, you'll upload the list to the Futuri Control Room (see below).
Uploading the Export to the Tether Dashboard
For instructions on uploading and managing your playlists in the Tether dashboard, please click here.