National Radio Airplay FAQ
Q: How do we market music with national radio airplay?
A: We market music using all levels of radio marketplaces and through those we have a relationship with in corporate programming positions at various radio companies, which includes Commercial FM Radio and Nielsen BDS Monitored Digital Radio Stations.
Our primary focus is monitored stations with MRC / Nielsen BDS and Mediabase, however we also service your music to Non-Commercial and Non-Reporting radio stations to ensure maximum exposure! Most reporting stations pay royalties to performance right societies such as SOUNDEXCHANGE, ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. They also report to various industry trades such as Billboard, FMQB, DRT, World Indie Music Charts, Texas Country Music Worldwide, Cashbox, Recordworld, BRE, Hits and others!
Q: Are you able to guarantee airplay for quality broadcast songs through FM Radio Stations?
A: In some cases FM Radio Stations servicing Top 40, Contemporary Hit Radio, Rhythmic, Urban and Urban AC formats approve a quality broadcast song(s) based on a vigorous process we follow. Through a working relationship we developed a rapport with radio executives around the nation. Our Radio Promoter take the time to examine radio programs, formats, and standards for playing quality broadcast songs. Our Radio Promoter capitalize on saving the PD time and make a download and/or stream easily accessible to examine. Other internal processes are involved, which helps us determine if a song is more likely to receive airplay or not. Not every song is accepted! We only work with projects that are realistically likely to be accepted by a listening audience for a specific radio program and formats.
Q: Can you provide a list of artists who received FM and Digital Radio Airplay?
A: Absolutely! Click on the link to go to our featured artist website Uplifting Music In The Spotlight. Read the publishing and view the airplay reports for artists who received our FM and digital radio airplay. Some also charted and received amazing exposure and social proof to say the least.
Q. How does FM Radio Delivery work with Custom, Christian, and Gospel radio packages?
A: After a song is approved for our quality assurance, our delivery service will add your music to a recipient only list of radio programming personnel at Mediabase and BDS-monitored or reporting stations, label-selected non-reporting stations, as well as those in corporate programming positions at radio companies, consultants, satellite providers, syndicated shows, and a growing number of the major Internet programming services. In addition, we provide a Press Release which is syndicated to 200+ Industry/News Sites to broaden our reach. For 8 weeks, we monitor the streams and downloads that your song received from radio executives and provide you with the results.
Here Are The FM Radio Formats And Number of Station Contacts With Our Delivery:
Alternative = 1,869
Christian = 1,185
Gospel = 1,622
Country = 2,684
Dance = 1,045
HAC = 2,389
Non-Comm = 742
Rock = 1,984
Spanish = 527
Top 40 M = 2,383
Top 40 R = 1,771
Triple A = 1,727
Urban/UAC = 1,357
Q. Can you breakdown the different Christian FM Radio formats?
A: We target and deliver your song directly to the biggest market Contemporary Christian stations in the US using a system that cut through red tape and deliver directly to the real decision makers including Mediabase / BDS monitored stations. Current core artists include Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Amy Grant, Needtobreathe, Flyleaf, Switchfoot.
A: We target and deliver your song directly to the biggest market Gospel stations in the US using a system that cut through red tape and deliver directly to the real decision makers including BDS monitored stations. These stations play music from artists such as Bebe and CeCe Winans, MaryMary, and Deitrick Haddon.
A. We target and deliver your song directly to the biggest market Christian Hip Hop stations in the US using a system that cut through red tape and deliver directly to the real decision makers including BDS monitored stations. These stations play music from artists such as Lacrae, Andy Mineo, Zauntee, Trip Lee, Derek Minor, TobyMac.
A. We target and deliver your song directly to the biggest market Christian Rock stations in the US using a system that cut through red tape and deliver directly to the real decision makers including BDS monitored stations. These stations play music from artists such as Spoken, P.O.D., 12 Stones, and Decyfer Down.
A: We target radio stations for new Christmas/Holiday themed music for airplay consideration on seasonal playlists.
Q: How many FM Radio Stations can I expect my music to be played on with the delivery service?
A: We provide access to your promotional release for radio executives to stream and download in broadcast-quality. There is never a guarantee your release will be listened to by a FM radio programmer, or played on air. That depends on the quality of your music and what the radio programmer is looking for at a specific time. However, to increase your chances of receiving a conversion hit our FM Radio delivery cut through the red tape and deliver directly to the real decision makers for a FM Radio Station or market.
Q: How long should my song be for FM radio airplay and Digital radio airplay?
A: To be safe and assured that your song length will not decrees the opportunity for receiving FM radio and Digital radio airplay we suggest that you submit a song that is no less than 3 minutes and no more than 4 minutes.
Q: How do I know my music is actually being played?
A: Radio monitoring companies such as BDS (Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems), Mediabase and/or Digital Radio Tracker offer radio airplay reports. You will be able to see radio airplay stats according to each radio broadcaster that plays your music. We provide free radio tracking airplay reports for all digital radio packages.
Q: Do you announce when my song will be played?
A: Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) have rules that state that there should be No Prior Announcements. A Webcaster must not publish an advance program schedule that discloses: (i) the titles of specific songs, (ii) the names of albums or (iii) the names of artists to be transmitted (with exception).
Q: How many digital radio stations can I expect my music to be played on?
A: It is virtually impossible to say. We service the entire station panel of your genre. It is up to each programmer on whether they choose to add your music to their station’s playlists. We concentrate on the spin count and consistent programming. Our objective is not just to have your music played one time on fifty stations, but fifty times on each station. The strategy is to give the listener adequate time to develop a potential interest in your song. This is why we focus on radio airplay spin count and not just a station count which will make an even greater impact on your music!
Q: Does FM Radio stations prefer Mp3 or Wav files?
A: Radio holds very high standards for the quality of audio they play on-air. Wav is the standard uncompressed digital file format suitable for radio. The compression used in converting music to mp3 degrades audio quality. Distributing a less than pristine audio file will limit your chances of gaining airplay, especially with satellite and HD broadcasters. We highly recommend that your track be sent in full wav format for FM stations unless directed otherwise. In short, the higher the quality of the submitted track, the better it will represent your music, increasing the chance for consideration by programmers. Note: the source must be CD quality. Converting an mp3 to wav does not improve audio quality.
Q: Do I need to encode my music for digital airplay?
A: No, you do not need to encode your music for our digital airplay. We actually prefer that it’s not encoded. We encode your song to ensure it has been encoded properly to assure YOU don't miss one spin on your radio tracking reports. If you have already encoded your music with a particular radio tracking system please notify us when securing your radio marketing campaign.
Q: Do I need to encode music for FM Radio airplay?
A: We would like to see the IRSC and UPC code so we can include it in your radio release package that we create and make available for radio stations.
Q: Do I need hard copy CDs for digital or FM Radio?
A: We do not require any hard copy CDs unless you are doing our College Radio Airplay Campaign. Everything we do is executed via broadcast quality MP3 (for digital radio) and/or Wav (for FM radio) of your song. We service our entire panel of radio station programmers/DJs with your MP3 as displayed on our website. Your music will also be securely available for all digital stations and FM stations that also provide a playlist online to download at any time during the radio campaign promotional timeline.
Q: What happens if my song fits in two separate genres, do I have to pay twice in order to get serviced to both genre panels?
A: No, not for the digital radio campaigns. We screen your music to make sure we are servicing it to the right genre station panel. Your song will be serviced to ALL panels in which it fits their format at no additional charge to you.
A: Yes, for the FM Radio Formats! Each targeted format is a separate package. We will let you know which format is best for your song.
Q: How does a Press Release play into my FM Radio Airplay?
A: You can learn more about a Press Release by clicking on the link. The goal is using our public relations to get the attention of fans and the media.
Q: How do I sign up for recurring billing?
A: At this time we do not have a recurring billing system. If you want to renew/extend or upgrade your radio airplay campaign, simply let us know.
Q: Do you offer multi-project discounts or can I submit more than one song per artist for radio airplay?
A. Yes. Let us know at the time of your submit and we will give you an estimate.
Q: We are often asked what separates Devine Jamz Gospel Network from other radio airplay promotion/music companies or websites that offer the same or similar radio airplay services?
A: First and foremost we show our self-approval to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Although there are some great radio airplay promotion companies and credible websites out there, Devine Jamz prides ourselves on doing the will of God promoting faith-based songs. We also understand that getting airplay alone may not be the best strategy for many new artists. So, we have additional services in our packages that will provide more publicity on a long-term basis.