TOOLS & TIPS Working with STS as a non-commercail broadcaster
Your first step in becoming a reporting radio station is sending us a copy of your current and your radio station information. You can do that by filling out our reporting request form.
Once you have an active user name, you’ll be able access any or all of our charts in your genre (if you are interested in additional genres contact Backstage Entertainment. Your station will be able to report online using a user name/password established on your account. Personalizing your password is available to you under “Station Info”. Your station will have one user name and password for all charts.
STS TOP 30
A report contributing to the Top 30 chart should reflect your station’s top 30 most frequently played current releases from the past week. The number one release on your report should have received the most spins at your station for the week, followed in descending order by the other 29 releases (if you’re playing more than one song from a given release, spins should be counted collectively for that release, rather than as separate entries).
Your Top 30 report should reflect overall station airplay, including all genres and formats. Reports must include 30 distinct releases which may also include up to 5 Adds (albums that will be added into your station’s rotation for the upcoming week).
Loud Rock: A report contributing to the Loud Rock chart should reflect your station’s top 15 most frequently played hard rock and metal albums from the past week. You may also submit up to 5 Adds.
Hip-Hop: A report contributing to the Hip-Hop chart should reflect your station’s top 15 most frequently played hip-hop albums from the past week. You may also report up to 5 Adds.
New World: A report contributing to the New World chart should reflect your station’s top 15 most frequently played New World music releases (e.g. reggae, world, etc.) from the past week. You may also submit up to 5 Adds.
AAA (Triple A): Report contributing to the AAA chart should reflect your station’s top 15 most frequently played AAA albums from the past week. You may also submit up to 5 Adds.
Jazz: A report contributing to the Jazz chart should reflect your station’s top 15 most frequently played jazz albums from the past week. You may also submit up to 5 Adds.
RPM: A report contributing to the RPM chart should reflect your station’s top 15 most frequently played electronic music releases (e.g. ambient, techno, industrial, etc.) from the past week. You may also submit up to 5 Adds.
Remember, you must update all reports on STS by 12 noon Pacific Time every Tuesday. Due to production and publishing constraints, any reports received after 12 noon will be used for chart compilation for the following week.
Once you enter your first initial playlist it will be retained from week to week for you automatically (this saves you a lot of time each week). The first step is to choose the playlist you wish to either enter or update. You can do three things with each chart.
* All playlist information is sent to STS in real-time.
Adding Artists: There are a certain number of rows or “ranks” based on the playlist type (30 for the main STS chart, 15 for specialty charts with up to 5 for adds).
1. Select Specialty Chart to add an artist to:
2. Enter artist name in the “Adds” field. Enter the first few letters to get a list of artists to select from:
3. Notice artists corresponding to these letters will become available for your selection. Highlight artist to “add”:
4. Enter playlist position in the “Rank” box. Push “Add to Playlist” button: .
5. You may change song ranks as needed by simply adjusting their rank number: and push “Update Playlist”:
At any point in the entry of your playlist you discover that you have skipped an entry and want to go back, simply click on the rank number you want to move and type the correct rank number. Then by selecting “Update Playlist” these ranks will automatically sort.
IF ARTIST/SONG IS NOT FOUND:
If NO matches found in the “Add” field create your own artist selection by using the “Missing Song” box:
The formula to make a select is Artist#Album Title#Label#Rank#Format Number
Format Numbers are found on the Playlist Format Box: The Format Number is listed next to the Song Format. Use One Artist per line.
If you DO NOT know the label name use a “?“
These songs will be sent to Backstage Entertainment for proofing before placing on your playlist.
Place a check in the “Drop” box corresponding to the song you are needing to “drop” DO NOT set rank to zero to drop songs.
We have added a “Remove” feature to your playlist.
The REMOVE feature is ONLY used if you have mistakenly added the incorrect song to your playlist. Otherwise, place a check on corresponding “Drop” box to remove a song from playlist.
Songs receiving a lot of attention from your listeners. Songs which have proven to be successful for your market. You may select up to 5 Stress Trax.
There is NO need for you to use outdated procedures to share you playlist information with record label executives, radio reps, record promoters, retail stores, etc. any longer. STS has all the features you need to share you information in a form which can be viewed by everyone you desire to share with.
Unlike using MS WORD, EXCEL or other similar programs display incorrectly and different from person to person, in fact, many people can not view this type of infomration. STS uses it’s own customized programming so that your playlist can be view by anyone you wish to share you information with without any display issue. Your shared information will look just the way you see it to everyone.
E-mail(optional): STS has the ability to retain a contact database for you so that you may easily share your playlist each week. Simply enter your email address in the “from” box and then place your contacts you wish to send your playlist into the “to” box (one email address per line). You may add and delete contacts as you desire. This optional feature is secure and STS never shares your information.
Print/Fax: You can easily print yourself a copy of your playlist so you may retain a copy if you desire. Simply select the “Print/Fax” option on the main menu. This option will also allow you to fax your playlist to anyone you wish to share your information with. *A printer or fax modem must be installed and configured to use this feature.
Station Info: You may update you radio station info (ex. mailing address, contact info, frequency, watts, station nickname, etc.). IMPORTANT: Keep you information up to date will insure proper servicing of music from record labels, record promoters, management companies, public relation firms and artists.
We are here to help you and your station get the most visibility and gain the most success in your market and within the music industry. Contact us with any of your needs! 310-325-9997 or contact us here.
STS provides charts for commercial, non-commercial radio stations, syndicated radio shows, internet radio programmers and records pools. Chart formats include: Top40/CHR, AC/Hot AC, Country, College, AAA, Americana, Loud Rock, RPM, World, AAA, Jazz and Hip Hop/Rap. An assortment of STS charts include the pop Hot 100, Chartbound, Up & Coming charts, Regional chart data, Most Added, Prime Movers, Spincrease, Top Indie Charts, Top Recurrent charts and Top 100 College.
To keep our database manageable, STS in most cases, does NOT use “The” at the beginning of band names. For example, you would enter “Wallflowers” and not “The Wallflowers.” The exceptions are short band names like “The X” or “The Who”, etc. In either case, try searching first without the leading “The.” Please also take note that STS does NOT use “.” in its artist names.
Be aware of possible alternate spellings of bands and artists as well (e.g. BK Davis vs. B.K. Davis), so try a different combination before entering new artists and their songs on to your playlist.
Various Artists, Soundtracks are entered using “Various Artists” as the artist field.
PProblems/Questions? Contact us here or call 310-325-9997. Please include your station call letters, contact name, and describe your problem as clearly as possible when contacting us so that we may provide you the best service.