The Original Music Scheduler

Almost 30 years ago, RCS invented the first music scheduling program for the PC. Selector became the biggest selling music scheduling program in the world. Selector SQL is the latest version of the industry standard in radio programming.

When it comes to creating great music logs, stations demand a common need for consistency, variety, balance, and control. Selector delivers consistency in the mix, variety in the flow, balance in the log and control in the entire music library. For over 27 years, the best radio stations have been using Selector to schedule their music.

The RCS patented goal-driven demand based scheduling engine in Selector is like no other music scheduling program. You create a station, design clocks, enter and code your songs, and then Selector will schedule them according to their natural demand. You're still in control because you can adjust overall rotations, sound and flow with simple to use attribute sliders. Improve your station with just a few clicks then sit back and watch Selector create schedules that reflect your changes.

Selector - Linker - Master Control

From the tightest Top 40 Hit stations to the largest Classical or Classic Rock music libraries, programmers depend on Selector SQL to deliver their daily music logs. Along with its sister programs, Linker and Master Control, stations can schedule music, promos, jingles and then play the audio on the air with one suite of programs. The integration of the three programs is seamless.

Add Audio to Selector

With the Selector SQL model you can also playback audio, rip songs and analyze your music. Selector works best because it schedules music with the time-honored technique of pinpoint priorities and rotation rules. This technique was invented by RCS and quickly established as standard methodology in the radio industry worldwide.

World Class Support

Our Support department is legendary. All the people who help you solve your day to day problems are radio people, too. RCS Support never sleeps and is always open 24/7/365 for Selector users worldwide.

Supported Levels - Choose What You Need

We offer several levels of support to meet your specific needs. All levels of support receive free access to the on-line community, knowledgebase, e-mail support and maintenance updates.

Features

  • Selector SQL Features

    • Organize music faster with more powerful browse lists.
    • Use Data Exchange to send and receive Selector databases securely over the Internet.
    • Build clocks quickly by using your mouse to add and rearrange elements.
    • Update categories by using drag and drop to move songs from one level to another.
    • Create copyright and performance reports using built-in formats approved by the major music reporting associations.
    • Create charts by spins, browse, or category and print them right from Selector.
    • Schedule music by twofers, themes or timing.
  • Selector SQL Plus Features

    • Hear the openings, closings and hooks of your scheduled songs right in the Log Editor of the new audio-enabled Selector Plus.
    • Edit your audio with the new RCS Audio Editor.
    • Mark the intros, trims, hooks and runtimes of your songs, links and spots directly in Selector Plus.
    • Rip songs directly into Selector for faster library updates.
    • Get objective coding of every song with the exclusive RCS Audio Analyzer.

Technical Requirements (Version 15.3.1 & higher)

Selector SQL Technical Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows XP®Professional, Server 2003, Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise (32 and 64-bit), Server 2008 (32 and 64-bit) or Server 2008 64-bit R2
  • SQL version - 2005, 2008 or 2008 R2 (64 bit) SQL engines
  • CPU - 3GHz (P4)
  • RAM - 2GB / 4GB if hosting the database

These are minimum requirements, so feel free to exceed them. Get as much power and free space as you can. For Internet connectivity and servers, RCS supports a Microsoft® network using TCP/IP using a brand name, server quality computer.

Please contact RCS for site specific hardware configurations if you have further questions.

FAQ

Where can I find tips, ideas, and support to make my Selector even better?

RCS provides a wealth of information for your Selector education.

We provide three types of product support: telephone, e-mail, and online. The online section of our Web site can only be accessed by Selector customers. The RCS Support team is staffed around the clock with Selector experts and radio professionals to help anytime 24/7, including overnights, weekends, and holidays.

In addition, within Selector there is a deep well of documentation built right into the program (just press F1 from any screen). For example, Selector SQL contains Hyperlink Help, an exhaustive array of searchable topics and detailed information on radio programming concepts, topics, and terms used in Selector. In addition to quickly finding the answers you seek, Hyperlink Help in Selector SQL can also be a powerful resource so you can learn more about Selector whenever time permits.

Do you offer Selector training?

Yes. Selector training, along with training for any of our programs is available; please contact your RCS office for the locations and times.

Our training will be customized to your level, from beginners to power users, at a surprisingly low cost.

How can I license Selector over the Internet?

With Internet Licensing you can license ALL the authorized Selector databases on that computer with a single click.

Licensing Selector over the Internet is fast and easy. As long as you use Selector version 12.47 or higher (and almost all stations do) you can do Internet Licensing. Just contact our Support department one time so we can configure your computers to automatically talk to ours, and that's it. After that, just go to the licensing screen and license your data.

What is Selector Music Scheduling?

Selector is the world's foremost music scheduling software program. Combining the 24/7/365 RCS tech support team and ongoing development program, Selector has become a major programming tool and service for broadcasters and webcasters worldwide.

Selector gives the user a powerful tool to create databases of songs, store values and rules on each song, build clocks that the scheduler uses to determine the flow of music, and help programmers know what was aired on the station through historical analysis and reports.

Along with additional tools that create charts and schedule talent, Selector is the complete software program for music programmers.

Now in its 15th version, Selector SQL addresses the needs of the programmers of stations, music channels and Internet sites by incorporating the ideas of users in each new version.

As the industry standard, Selector established the terminology of computerized scheduling and helped teach radio programming to people in all parts of the globe. This entrepreneurial original still has its founding team on the project.

How did Selector become so widely-used?

The very first Selector customer was KKUL-FM/San Francisco in 1979. When IBM introduced the affordable PC, Selector spread throughout America at music stations of every size. Over the next few years dozens, then hundreds of stations came on board. When MTV debuted in 1981, Selector was already in place rotating their music videos. In 1987 Muzak signed on with Selector rotating all their many music channels. RCS signed its first Internet-only radio station as a Selector user back in 1997.

Selector soon became an international phenomenon with the first radio station in Europe, Radio Vibration in Orleans, France. Selector usage spread to stations throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the rest of North America. Selector is used today by over 5,000 broadcast and Internet stations worldwide.

How does Selector work?

Computer programs are modeled upon human activities. Selector is no exception. The design model for Selector was the manual index card music rotation system, in which index cards were used to rotate songs. Information for each song was typed on an index card. Each card was placed in a stack with other music cards. Different stacks represented the station's various music categories. The cards were then placed in the control room for the Air Talent to arrange the music into a format while on the air.

According to a clock or sequence, a specific music category became eligible for play. The Air Talent selected a song by searching the category cards, from the front to the rear of the stack, until an appropriate song was located. Songs were passed over if they violated a music-scheduling rule.

After a song was selected and played, its card was placed at the back of its category stack. Some programmers had their talent date and initial each play in order to keep a record of when a song was last played. As the various category stacks were played, songs placed in the back of the stacks worked their way back to the front and became eligible for playing again.

Selector works much like the manual Index Card system. Instead of typing song information on an index card, you enter it into the computer and it never gets lost, wrinkled or needing to be re-typed. When you assign a song to a category, Selector places it in a "stack" with the other songs in the same category. Instead of DJs writing down when they played a song, the software remembers the song's history.

You design clocks that tell Selector when to select songs from which categories. You specify search depths, which control each category's rotation. And you define scheduling rules to govern the music's balance and flow.

How do I tell Selector what to do?

Initially, you categorize the songs in your library, design and assign clocks, and make some basic settings to indicate your preferences (for example, how far apart to keep similar songs or other log items) in the flow and sequence. From this data, Selector schedules a music log, which you can print out or send to your digital automation system.

The rules you choose and how you set them offer endless possibilities of control for your format. Many programmers have elevated their Selector techniques and prowess into a sort of "black art" and are very protective of their secret clocks and category rotations. However, Selector works extremely well even for beginners. New Selector users can get competitive and effective results right away. RCS makes its support team of expert Selector users available via telephone, e-mail and online to help you at every step in making your vision a reality.

What if Selector can't find something to play?

Computers are literal beasts and will obey your settings faithfully. It is possible that your settings and your music library will result in cases where no song can play without breaking your rules. These "unscheduled positions" can be handled by allowing you to intervene to make a human decision, or you can also tell Selector that some rules can be broken and in what order to break them. Selector will tell you what rules cause any position to remain unscheduled, so you'll always know how to adjust your settings. Selector selects songs based on your rules more far consistently and accurately than a human pressed with other responsibilities might.

Isn't it hard to know how to set my rules and policies?

No. If you can "hear" your station's rotation in your head, no matter how complex or simple, we at RCS can help you make Selector choose your songs your way.

What is a Selector database?

A Selector database contains all of the song information, clocks, and settings that correspond to a particular radio station, format or channel. So, for example, your CHR database would be completely different from your Classic Rock database.

And yes, multiple Selector databases from the same or different stations can live comfortably on a single computer.

How does knowledge of Selector help my career?

The more you learn about Selector, the more it helps your personal knowledge base about radio programming. "Selector experience is a must" is often cited as a qualification by radio stations seeking skilled PDs, MDs, or VPs of Programming for a radio group. Selector rules and policies were designed by top notch radio programmers from around the world, so through understanding how these techniques created successful radio stations, a PD can find ways to win locally. Literally thousands of radio programmers point specifically to Selector as the "secret" behind successful station music rotation.

Selector training is available most months of the year, either on-site at your station or at RCS World Headquarters in New York.

Will Selector work with my station's digital automation or on-air computer system?

Most likely it will. RCS products including Selector interface with products from other vendors using XML open architecture and other standards. Since Selector is used at the vast majority of music stations worldwide, we have extensive experience configuring music logs at thousands of stations for use with ALL the popular digital automation systems.

And of course, Selector is fully-integrated with RCS Master Control, the world's only "Selector-smart" on-air digital automation system which includes the "Living Log®" and Internet Voice Tracking.

How long will it take to get up and running with Selector?

It depends on the size and demands of your existing library. RCS can convert your music library from your current music scheduling software and send you a Selector database ready for customization within a week. We find ourselves very busy certain times of the year (like following ratings periods!) when many stations are converting to Selector. Other times we can convert your data within a few days.

On the other hand, if you don't use music scheduling software now and have to enter all your songs from scratch, our rule of thumb is that two of your staffers typing in shifts could probably enter an 800-song library in a few days.

I'm currently using another scheduler. How can I get all my data into Selector?

Just contact us. at any of our 23 offices in 15 countries. We'll convert your data for you at no additional cost. That's part of the service.

Can I work from home on my Selector system?

Yes. You may bring your Selector database to additional computers and be authorized to use it in multiple locations at no additional charge.

How do I get Selector for my station?

Just contact us from anywhere in the world and an RCS person from your region will contact you directly and quickly.

Or, contact the RCS office nearest you. We will explain our leasing price structure and how your station can be up and running fast (usually within a few hours) with Selector Music Scheduling.

I program more than one station. Do we have to pay extra to run Selector with each format?

Yes, each station (call letters) or web channel requires its own Selector license. Each is paid for separately.

Can I get Selector for my own personal use, or a trial copy to learn it myself?

Selector is not provided to individuals, only to qualified broadcast entities or consultants.

Free trial copies of Selector (a complete, working program) are available as well. To learn if you qualify, just contact us and an RCS Sales rep from your region will contact you directly and quickly.

However, many stations authorize their programmers for additional copies of Selector for use from home, laptops or elsewhere, so you could certainly learn on your own in that manner.

Can my college or high school radio station get Selector at a discount?

Yes. Since the very beginning we have offered Selector (and its companion product, Linker) to schools with radio stations and those with courses in radio, communications or broadcast programming. Many users had their first experience with Selector in college and got a higher-level job at a commercial station because they already knew Selector. This scenario is quite common, demonstrating that a solid knowledge of Selector in college frequently helps advance a broadcast career more quickly.