Did you know that while working in GSelector’s Editor, there are ways to control the Test Bar window? That’s right, using the Station Parameters icon in the Editor, users can customize their Test Bar and in addition, during this week’s RCS Live, we also covered Scheduling Score Thresholds. If you wanted to slightly adjust what is considered the lowest allowed score for your breakable goals and rules, then enable Schedule Scoring Thresholds. Remember, all throughout GSelector, if there’s a desired scheduling outcome, GSelector has a setting for that!
Starting with Station Parameters, we jumped to the Editor and used the calculator with yellow warning sign icon: Station Parameters. Here users can define multiple settings, including Score Threshold, a visual aid attached to the Retest: Show Linear Violations. Users can also customize their F8 Navigation. By default, when users select F8, GSelector will skip to the next Category in the log. There are also options to Apply Category Color to All Fields so that if your Category is red, then GSelector will extend the red color through the entire row.
On the right of the Station Parameters, we have options to adjust the Test Bar Appearances. The Test Bar is a quick and easy way to highlight when an element violates a Closest spin, Vocalist separation or both! Use the up / down arrows to move the desired metadata to the top of the Test Bar. Then, if you want a better visual aid, adjust the color of the Test Bar attribute name and set a Threshold. For example, if you wanted to see if a Vocalist played within 45 minutes of the previous Vocalist, then set the Closest (Vocalist) to 45 minutes, adjust the Appearance (Tools | Global Settings | Appearances | Assignments: For | Test Bar) and then when GSelector identifies a vocalist spin within 45 minutes, it will highlight the field in the Test Bar. This is also a great tool when you’re focusing on Total Hour. Set a Total Time: Over / Under and GSelector will flag that hour if there’s any issues.
Finally, we covered some of the other scheduling thresholds. Treat these as pre-schedule settings. Jumping to the Goals | Priorities tab, use the calculator with yellow warning sign icon, Threshold, to define the Scheduling Threshold and the Attribute Fallback Threshold. By default, GSelector defines a breakable score as 65. Anything below that, like an Unbreakable Rule, features a score of 0. If you wanted to increase that threshold to something like 75, then GSelector will not schedule an element if it has a total goal or rule score below 75. DISCLAIMER: Remember that GSelector has an optimization process included in the schedule, so most programmers want to give GSelector the flexibility to choose the BEST song, not just the next song. If we restrict the scheduler with an aggressive Threshold, you’re not allowing GSelector to do the heavy lifting for you.
We also covered the Fly In Link Demand setting, found under Linker | Related Links | Fly In | Speed Limit icon: Configure Fly-In Link Demand. We encourage users to keep this threshold number big, as to allow GSelector to schedule Fly In Links and then use specific scheduling attributes to control rotations. For example, take The Rolling Stones, the definition of Classic Rock radio. Most likely, they’re part of your power rotation and if you’re using The Rolling Stones Fly In Link related imaging, most likey GSelector will grab those pieces of imaging first since you’re scheduling them first. Set a “The Rolling Stones Imaging” attribute and then assign a Minimum Separation of 3:20 to move the attribute across dayparts and quarter hours.
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