Music Hour Clock

Oct 16, 2015

With very few exceptions, what comes when during the hour is laid out the same way for every volunteer music shift.

Every hour has

  • a lost and found segment on the half hour,
  • two PSA segments: one at quarter after, one at quarter to
  • Legal ID between 59 minutes after and 1 minute after
  • NPR News from 1 minute after to 6 minutes after

If you're more word-oriented, here is the clock written out:

:01 - NPR starts

:04 - panic-inducing pause in NPR newscast

:06 - End of NPR news headlines

:06 - DJ live

In no particular order, cover these things:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Tell listeners they're listening to KPCW
  • Read pink index card with broadcaster names
  • Give a 3-4 day weather forecast
  • Play scheduled underwriters (maximum of three)
  • Give the time
  • Forward promote your hour
  • Promote the song your going into AND give the call letters. Example: "Next on KPCW, 'The Devil's Den' by Skrillex" (Just kidding. If you EVER play Skrillex or dubstep, you're fired. Like, before the song is even over.)

MUSIC - play 2 to 3 songs

:15 - Somewhere between 15 after and 19 minutes after, start your next break

Again, in no particular order:

  • Tell listeners they're listening to KPCW
  • Read ONE public service announcement
  • Play scheduled underwriters (maximum of three)
  • Give the time
  • Promote the song your going into AND give the call letters.

MUSIC - play 2 to 3 songs

:30 - Somewhere between 30 after and 35 minutes after, start your next break

Again, in no particular order:

  • Tell listeners they're listening to KPCW
  • Read THREE lost and found items
  • Play the Lost & Found Sponsor after reading L&F
  • Play the rest of the scheduled underwriters
  • Give the time
  • Promote the song your going into AND give the call letters.

MUSIC - play 2 to 4 songs