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Version 6.5.4 (05/15/24)

Fixed

  • fixed issue of missing meta data when importing new configuration from Local Radio Networks
  • fixed natural log traffic reconciliation in some edge cases
  • More time accurate break fills using Nextkast Built in traffic
  • when running in rotation mode, ignore static files on rotation unload
  • Increased timeout period on auto ftp downloads
  • fixed some edge cases when using nextkast internal traffic
  • fixed alphabetic order categories
  • fixed rendering in nkManager

New

  • enhanced email alert system to include warning about missing traffic logs, playlist log, or missing audio files
  • Added ability to append station prefix for traffic merging in station groups
  • added automatic traffic re-merge when new traffic files arrive when events/games are scheduled
  • Added total traffic scheduled during a week when assigning ad play counts in nextkast traffic scheduler
  • Added pdf export when auditing commercials played during date range using NextKast Internal traffic
  • Screen warning when deleted rotation is in the schedule and trying to run

Version 6.5.2 (03/31/24)

Fixed

  1. Improved long term stability for real time downloader to include its own dedicated thread and extra fail safes
  2. Improved LRN new track arrival when new system is set up and no tracks are in categories
  3. Fixed MusicMaster Nexus error when tracknumber is not assigned
  4. Improved library verify process on refresh button press
  5. Improved storability of stats results and played search results
  6. improved played count report in played search window
  7. Fixed csv import to include intro until marker meta data on import
  8. Blocked traffic merge during playlist generation to prevent double merging
  9. fixed order.log check to include upper case file extensions
  10. Fixed category recheck when generating from internal traffic

New

  1. added ability to set trigger profile from startSerialListen macro commands
  2. added ability for affiliate to receive macro triggers via meta data when simulcasting stream
  3. added check when talent is requesting vtjob to confirm its up to date, if not regenerate vtjob before its sent
  4. added csv import for full import from other automations systems that export library to csv
  5. added simple clear mapped drive in category settings
  6. improved golive interface refresh when reordering the active hour
  7. Improved traffic break times to be more accurate for NextKast Internal Traffic

Version 6.5.0 (2/16/24)

Fixed/Modified

  1. refined game/event scheduler to adhere to duration when needed
  2. fixed bug that would prevent plm files from being located when merging from traffic logs
  3. added menu to log edits for (live Mode, insert, delete and category stats)
  4. fixed render mode when rendering unmarked voicetrack files
  5. refined ftp download to remove urlencode not needed
  6. added logging when stream or ftp download fails
  7. better handle database error when library files gets corrupted
  8. improved startorStoprender live recording of segments
  9. added length field in playout only mode
  10. Increased recordbuffer size to increase reliability of in studio voice tracking on certain audio cards and PCs
  11. more refinement to unmarked Voicetrack silence removal in beginning of file
  12. Increased accuracy of meta data send for internal encoders
  13. Fixed scenario where VT is second track in hour
  14. Fixed scenario where startnext would fail when using goLive
  15. Improved reliability of back to back Playlist Macros after nofade out tracks
  16. Fixed scenario where MusicMaster Nexus received track with no assigned trackID (traffic)

New

  1. added new rules option in rotations to allow for limiting track back 2 back and total in hour of certain types
  2. took out limitation that would skip tracks shorter than .4 seconds
  3. added reset button in mobileVT to quickly update ip changes etc.

Version 6.4.88 (12/03/23)


12/03/2023 Version 6.4.88

Fixed

  1. fix traffic tag loss when updating track regular meta data
  2. fix natural music log import to preserve category colors
  3. Fixed issue when setting Play As Voicetrack on Category Creation (only allowed after category creation)
  4. fixed click that could sometimes be heard when switching line on/off when in external mixer mode
  5. Made goLive more adaptable to lower bandwidth environments.
  6. Fixed startorStopRender macro to also allow for segment recording of live shows
  7. fixed some instances when rendering player would log divide by 0 error
  8. improved playlistmacro instances where neighboring track did not have startnext
  9. Fine Tuned switchToManualAndLineInOn
  10. Fixed bug in traffic scheduler when only two ads were available to schedule
  11. fixed Sample button would loose path
  12. fixed file overwrite error on new install when originally creating played.db3
  13. Optimized find missing file for network paths

New

  1. Arakis Apex Import
  2. Allowed onAir ads and Online Ads to Play separately from one System. Just create a file with same name and ” online” in the Filename The online add will only play to encoder.
  3. Added Event Game Scheduler for easily Scheduling Sports Broadcasts For a date and time,
  4. Automatically trim Silence in beginning of unmarked VoiceTracks
  5. Warning on system drive change
  6. Allows for sending serial commands to any com port not just active one
  7. warning on hide settings button
  8. Only redo preview file on name,artist,or cue marker changes
  9. Rotations can now merge traffic
  10. Increased timeout for remote stream files to 1.2 seconds
  11. GoLive remote screen now shows PlaylIst Macro Active with countdown
  12. more info logging when executing playlist macros
  13. On StartorStopRender filenames specified can now have date variables
  14. Allowed playlist macros to have millisecond duration
  15. Added ability to externally produce Voicetracks and Drag into MobileVT and Send back to Station
  16. If lineIN is on at program close Nextkast will remember setting on next app open

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11 Quick Tips on Starting an Internet Radio Station

1. Decide On Station format
This is the most important part, make sure to pick something you are
passionate about, because it takes time to build an audience, so you will
need the drive to keep going.

2. Get stream hosting
Your stream host is the second most important part, they need to be
reliable. Luckily today most stream hosting providers would not be in
business unless they are reliable. Your stream host will be the server
that serves the stream to your listeners.

3. Decide auto DJ or Automation
Many stream host give free auto DJ functionality with their hosting
accounts. This will allow you to upload music to your stream host, and have
the auto DJ play it. Off course there are limitations to what can be done
using this setup, and off course using radio automation software will
produce a much more polished internet radio station

4. Make sure to look into licensing
Remember you will need music royalty licensing your station to pay
royalties to artist who’s songs you play.

5. List your station in directories/ Tune In Api
Once your station is running and a bit fine tuned, list your station in as
many directories you can find. From my experience these are the
directories that get you the biggest audience.

TuneIn – use the tuneIN api to get best results
iTunes – They have strict listing rules, pay attention
Any others found by Googling ‘internet radio directory’ etc..

6. Be consistent 24/7
Stream 24/7 with a consistent format. People tune in from all over the
world, and must find what they expect when they expect it.

7. Create the format/organize music
Create a format, just merely playing a list of songs probably won’t cut it.
Organize your music into categories, create clocks/rotations that create a
feel…

8. Sound Processing is important
Sound processing is important, and you will only be able to do this if you
are using radio automation software. The better your stream sounds, the
more likely you will retain listeners.

9. Voice Tracking or Live Hosting
Giving a personality to the station and talking on air now and then builds a
bond with the audience and gives you an edge, but this is work…

10. Promote at local events
Print cards and give them out at events, post banners at events, market on
social media without being annoying.

11. Be Patient
It takes time to build an audience.. your dream of 10,000 people tuning in
on launch date most probably wont happen… but if you work at it, you can
build a respectable audience size.

12. Social Media
Promoting on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram can be
very helpful to gain new listeners, but this needs to be done very carefully. Posting every song you play
on Twitter will not entice your audience, and in fact will make you loose your intended impact.
Use social media sparinglly for getting the best results.

more to come………………….

Version 6.4.86 (9/6/23)

NextKast Main Fixed/New

  1. New double line display in Playout and search windows and improved GUI appearance
  2. Playlist macro window opens in center os screen
  3. Updated audio processing engine and enhanced expander
  4. Added playout only mode and option to size text in playout screen (settings->adv)
  5. added onAir test to item that is playlist view
  6. Show inserted web request with orange line , logs and emails request state when email entered in settings->adv
  7. fixed serial send to include optional com port argument
  8. initial option to merge traffic from rotation instead of playlist and set hour of day in setAsTemplate command at TOH
  9. Fixed crash on mic or record voicetrack when audio input source is Mono
  10. Made track editor window Larger
  11. Fixed Record Voicetrack dialog to display properly

MobileVT

  1. reduced back time to preview VT to 2 seconds from 10 seconds
  2. better time calculation when long vt’s talk over long intros of songs
  3. improved UI appearance with Double line Title and Artist
  4. improved patent pending vt remark process (video attached)

MobileVT Remote Voice Tracking

Josh Davis from TowPath Radio

Big props to Mobile VT. Most everything on my station is pre-recorded. I was out today walking a trail, when some local news broke. From the trail, I was able to log into mobile VT on my phone and successfully upload a voice track straight to the log that played 15 minutes later. I listened back to it, and though you could tell the difference with the mic considering I used my phone, it wasn’t that much of a difference. At least not what a typical listener would notice. Solid product!

Kickin Kountry 101 Internet Radio Station

I have programmed many small, medium, and large markets over the years in FM terrestrial radio.  Just recently I took a dive into the world of digital broadcasting and wasn’t sure which product would be best for my station.  After much research, I ran across NextKast and absolutely fell in love with it!  The system is very user-friendly, it is great for doing a live shift as well as voice tracking, I love the fact that everything is all in one and you don’t have to have different products to attach to it for scheduling music, commercials, etc.  The remote VT manager has been a lifesaver for me and my team, sure there was a small learning curve but nothing like what other similar products have in the way of complexity and operations.  My team and I all love the fact that you can log in from anywhere with an internet connection and voice track your shift.  On top of that, Winston has been a huge help, he has spent countless hours on the phone and computer with me, in the beginning, showing me what I need to do, and was very helpful through it all.  I am very appreciative of what he and his team at NextKast have done to help Kickin Kountry 101 be the success it is!  We could not have done it without you!  

Shannon Steele – CEO/Program Director Kickin Kountry 101

Software Release Notes – Version 6.4.84 (8/9/23)

We’re excited to present the latest release of our software, packed with enhancements, fixes, and new features that are designed to elevate your experience. Here’s a breakdown of what’s new:

Fixed Issues:

  1. Resolved the issue where moving between categories in mobileVT failed to refresh the masterLibrary, ensuring smoother navigation and updates.
  2. Corrected the mishandling of insert requests, preventing incorrect placements and ensuring seamless playback transitions.
  3. Fixed the file extension inconsistency in affiliate mode, ensuring compatibility and smooth operation with various file types.
  4. Addressed the played.db3 error by implementing an automatic file deletion mechanism, ensuring uninterrupted operation.
  5. Rectified the vtplayers clearing problem, which occurred when an active hour playlist refreshes from external changes while loaded, maintaining playlist integrity.
  6. Resolved the wheatstone keep alive issue, enhancing the stability and reliability of the software.
  7. Improved the latency of the mobileVT public server display by changing the IP server, resulting in quicker retrieval of public IP information.
  8. Implemented a safeguard against the loss of traffic data by blocking normal update tags on traffic files.
  9. Fixed the crash that occurred when clicking on the edge of the assign window during traffic edit, ensuring a seamless editing experience.
  10. Addressed a small memory leak in routed sound card usage, enhancing overall system performance and stability.
  11. Refined and optimized various minor GUI elements for a more visually pleasing and intuitive user interface.
  12. Achieved compatibility with traffic logs lacking time in Block lines, ensuring smooth integration with a wider range of log formats.
  13. Removed the auto-forcing feature that caused changes to move to a new hour when a stream is active, providing more control over scheduling.
  14. Enhanced memory management in split soundcard mode, accompanied by a notice to assign mixer first, for better resource utilization.
  15. Miscellaneous optimizations have been made to further streamline performance and efficiency.
  16. Track management in mobileVT has been restricted to only the admin, ensuring better control and organization.
  17. Fixed the audio expander to function with the updated bass_fx, maintaining audio quality and performance standards.
  18. Improved the speed of updating the search library and order logs when adding files from the file explorer backend, enhancing the efficiency of the process.

New Enhancements and Features:

  1. Introducing the addition of text color options in addition to background color for categories, allowing for better visual organization and customization.
  2. In mobileVT, you can now mark the VT end by clicking on the outgoing track position, streamlining the VT marking process.
  3. Mapped categories are now indicated by a ghosted icon and gray-colored text, providing visual cues for easier navigation.
  4. The audio engine drivers have been updated, ensuring compatibility with the latest hardware and software configurations.
  5. Added support for pages within sample buttons, with each page having a dedicated sub-directory in the sample folder for improved organization.
  6. Optimized the refresh process for sample pages, resulting in quicker loading and more responsive performance.
  7. Introduced a new shortcut, Ctrl+Shift+L, which locks the user interface to the playout-only screen, enhancing user focus during live broadcasts.
  8. Expanded the availability of audio inputs from 10 to 16, providing greater flexibility in audio source management.
  9. In mobileVT, a red marker now appears on the outgoing track when clicking to remark VT end on the incoming track, allowing for accurate timing adjustments and previews.
  10. As part of track management improvements in mobileVT, only administrators are allowed to move tracks.

We hope these enhancements, fixes, and new features will greatly enhance your experience with our software. Thank you for your continued support and valuable feedback. If you encounter any issues or have suggestions for further improvements, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team.

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