CCC Radio Station Basics: Changing Broadcast Source Control

So you are a new DJ on CCC Radio -- super!  To make your show happen and be a good Radio-Citizen, you need to know a few things about how the station works and how to keep your show sounding great.

Cedar Crest College radio broadcasts to the world via Spacial Audio's SAM Broadcaster platform.  This means that anyone, anywhere can listen over the Internet at any time.  Anyone who navigates to http://radio.cedarcrest.edu will be directed to the station on any device (computer, phone, tablet, etc).  The SAM platform allows CCC Radio to designate DJs, create a broadcast schedule, have remote broadcasts and so much more.  For the purposes of this article, we will be discussing how you would change the source of the broadcast to do your show when you are ready.

The studio and station are set up to broadcast from the local CCC Radio studio by default, only switching to the SAM Cloud Broadcaster in the event that there is an issue within the studio or it is manually switched.  The default source for music is the computer that is in between the sound board and the laptop.  That can and will continue to do its thing (play music) no matter what else is going on.  If, for some reason, that computer stops playing music the SAM Cloud detects that and will take over in an effort to minimize the amount of "dead air" that is broadcast.  When you come in to the studio to do your show, the steps are simple to broadcast:

  • Check the laptop, make sure that "ME (cccradio@cedarcrest.edu) is showing green (as in the screenshot below). 
  • Check the laptop, make sure the MIC ON has a green indicator (see screenshot below)
  • Check the laptop, make sure the MIC IS LIVE is showing (again, see screenshot)
  • ​​If all of these things are as they should be, you are good to go - if not (anything does not check out or the laptop is locked - see instructions below on how to switch the broadcast source)
  • When you are ready (music source plugged in, butterflies out of your stomach), lower the volume on the music and raise the volume on your microphone or music.

Broadcast Source Control:
Most of the time when you come in to the studio to do your show, everything will be functioning as it is supposed to.  In the case that your pre-check has failed any of the checklist items above, here's how you can fix it.

  • This image represents what you should see when you come in the studio on the laptop.
  • The top left arrow points to the "ON AIR" green indicator, this should be on "ME (cccradio@cedarcrest.edu)" as in the image.  This is the local studio source.
  • The arrow to the right of that reference the broadcast source controls for the local studio. 
    - Disconnect will drop the studio broadcast (don't do this).
    - Switch Now (if available) would force the source to this source.
    - Switch on Track Change would change to this source after the other source completes the current song/show.
  • The Orange "Started" shows that the SAM Broadcaster Cloud is ready to go when you need it.
    - Stop would make it unavailable (don't do this).
    - Switch Now would change to the SAM Cloud from the the local studio.
    - Switch on Track Change would change from the local studio to the SAM Cloud after the track change/show. This does not work in our current setup, don't use this.
  • The Voice FX control dialog (just below Broadcast Control) shows the Mic is On (green indicator), the MIC IS LIVE and the the Lock Talk button is locked.  You should never have to touch any of these controls, unless they are not green.  If they are not green, they need to be clicked to make them green.

Troubleshooting:
Problem: No one can hear me, they only hear music.
Solution: Check the Broadcast Control Source, is it on "ME (cccradio.." -- if not, click Disconnect on SAM Broadcaster Cloud and then Switch Now on ME (cccradio...). 

Problem: I did that, they still hear music - or - that looks fine.
Solution: Make sure you have adjusted the volume on the sound board to reduce the volume coming from the computer, and raised the volume on your microphone or music source.


Problem: The laptop screen is locked and says "Press CTRL-ALT-Del to login"
Solution: Press CTRL-Alt-Del to login, username is cccradio.  Contact the Station Manager for the password.  Once logged in, run through the check as above.

Problem: The laptop is just showing the desktop but nothing else is happening, and the station is not broadcasting from the studio.
Solution: Double click on the SAM Broadcaster icon on the desktop, it should load and take control of the broadcast.  If it does not, follow the instructions under "Broadcast Source Control" to bring the station back online.

Problem: The online station does not show the names of the songs I am playing.
Solution: This is based on the source.  Playing songs through the sound board does not allow for song names to be displayed on the station web page.

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Article ID: 63317
Created
Tue 10/2/18 11:03 AM