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The BLR - the worm in the control signal

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Tuesday, the news block is just over at 4:30 am and the jingle is played during the supporting program "Extrafrüh" ... "Extrafrüh ... at Radio Plassenburg". That didn't work at all, I was tuned to Radio IN on 104.8 (PAF). You may have already noticed that the BLR uses better technology for its local customers than it did a few years ago. The hard cuts that were necessary to trigger the local jingles are a thing of the past, meanwhile you can also add drops to the current program without causing an "unsightly" interruption ...

Now there are the following conclusions based on the recently incorrectly triggered jingle.

The BLR no longer uses its control signals as before to trigger the jingles in the receiver transmitters controlled by satellite all over Bavaria, but drives - the technology can now probably - the jingles in the BLR studio for all customers, just like the SWR3, for example for the local identity with the RP and BW versions ... The above-mentioned improvement of the control would be explained by the fact that nothing "strange" from the respective local broadcasting company is "switched in", but several "complete playouts" at the same time directly in the BLR studio with the respective local jingles "to the local broadcasters.

Assumption with variant two: Everything is the same as before and, in contrast to the 90s phase with "Your favorite radio ...", the neutral emergency jingle is dispensed with if the control signal is no longer triggered on the local station and then, as an exception, you do neutral broadcast: Radio Plassenburg is definitely still the station with the largest possible BLR acceptance time, there was a time when you really only broadcast the prescribed broadcasting hours from Kulmbach and otherwise took over the BLR. So it is conceivable that the formerly "neutral" version has now been replaced by the "Radio Plassenburg" version as the only offer from the Munich BLR studio. Bad luck, however, if the control signal does not trigger the local jingle at one or the other local transmitter and the "Plassenburg" jingle is then sent as a substitute.

BLR technicians present to shed light on the darkness?
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Hello Mark,
I heard a very similar "mistake" a few years ago at Bayernwelle Südost. There the jingle was suddenly broadcast on Radio Charivari in the evening program "Spätschicht". So there is a lot to be said for your variant 1!
Hello, these so-called local radios suffer from the fact that the same music is usually playing everywhere. In the evenings, at night and on the weekend: regional content mostly nil! Therefore, it should hardly be noticed which station you are listening to. The problem described can also have completely different causes: Do some stations work together and have only "interconnected"? Is the RDS correct or are you switching between different local radios? Has the broadcaster also assigned its jingle correctly? What if it stays empty? Overall, the listener has the impression that these local stations are just an antenna for the poor in Bavaria.
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@ Matze: Well, for the normal Otto listener who doesn't know anything about the existence of the BLR or a "no-name framework program", at first glance it looks as if, for example, directly neighboring stations are working together: Was with me in the 90s also like this: I didn't know anything about the supporting program from Munich, but at that time I got one or the other overreach from the next or the next but one broadcast area in Northern Bavaria. Since in the evening you heard "sometimes on one" and then "sometimes on the other" station "your" moderator, who was already known by name, I believed - and this is what many people still do today who believe more in partnerships than in centralized delivery - the moderator earn a little extra from the neighboring broadcaster.

But that's not the case: the solution. Like Radio NRW, the BLR makes nameless programs, but with the embedded jingles and the locally embedded advertising it pretends that the local station is running around the clock. And that works, because if a moderation "and the title of Michael Jackson you have certainly not heard from UNS for a long time" and then the jingle "Spätschicht .... at Radio Oberland" (which is also from the current Oberland -Station-Voice is spoken) is running, even the majority of regular listeners believe that the Oberland program would come from Garmisch-Partenkirchen around the clock.

The example of Radio Oberland makes it even more complicated: Many of the presenters there, who go live on air in Garmisch and are more or less "own" Oberland presenters, work at the same time at the BLR and often moderate a few hours after their "real" Oberland broadcast an additional, quasi-bogus "Noname" broadcast, also as a delivery for Radio Oberland ... For the Otto-Normal-Oberland listener, the moderator simply had a few hours of break or editing.

The "switching error" is therefore not due to a wrong cooperation between neighboring transmitters, but to a faulty connection of the jingles in the PC of the BLR or to a wrong display, so to speak the wrong availability for tapping a wrong local station ... ..
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But there are two jingles on the hour after the news. Each station has to do the first itself, only the second comes centrally. That's how I got it explained on a tour of the studio. So if something is wrongly set at the individual stations, the first jingle is missing (before the lesson moderation) or is just another one (namely what the BLR person is currently hearing)! Only that which comes at the end of the hour moderation, i.e. directly before the first song, has to be sent from Munich. Or is that no longer the case?
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During the local broadcasts it was at least in the 90s - when I last visited a local broadcaster, the current hour stopped with a music track from my own studio and the presenter then started his own news jingle 10 seconds before the hour, "Radio Oberland Nachrichten" ", while he was DJ-like (with an auricle on his ear) listening to the neutral BLR news jingle in the background and then manually pulling up the controller to" switch "the BLR news anchor into his own program. With the sentence "It's 10 o'clock and THREE minutes" (it's always three, by the way, even if the news is two or four minutes long * G *) the moderator in the local broadcasting studio, who almost fell asleep with boredom, knows that he's the BLR controller pushes back down and drives his own weather or the traffic and has to talk again. The rest of the broadcast hour is completely in the hands of the local moderator.

It is different when the broadcast hour - as is usually the case at night or on the weekends - comes entirely from the BLR. Old version that I still know: The BLR also automatically runs the news jingle of the local station, because nobody is usually in the studio in the local station studio at this time. This happens through a signal that the stored news jingle triggers in the local station. Therefore, the uniform jingle length of 10 seconds is also common. As a fall-back level, the BLR sends its "Noname" jingle at the same time, in which the station voice says at most "Messages" without using the sender name. Advantage: If the triggering of the control signal is not generated due to a technical malfunction in the satellite link or if the error is due to a lack of its own news jingle stored in the local station, etc., the alternately sent BLR jingle does not create an ugly gap and the listener still gets a fanfare with the word "news" ... The same goes with advertising. Have to be careful. In the night program, the local advertising with Autohaus XY and Wirthaus Huber is usually followed by an instrumental song or sometimes a normal song, which is then simply faded out in the middle and then the next song continues. Explanation: The advertising space is uniformly made available by the BLR. The local broadcaster can then place several advertising clips in the standardized gap, depending on the advertising booking. The remaining time until the end of this "advertising space" then also fills the local station with music as the mood takes it. Once the entire advertising space is over, the BLR fades out and the next song from the supporting program continues.

As already said, the explanations all relate to the time when events were actually triggered remotely in the respective local station. Possibly this is now at least partially - according to my initial question in the thread - due to more central production in the BLR studio and more and more abandonment of remote release nowadays ...

Otherwise there was even a time when the BLR also in the hours when none of the Bavarians. Local broadcaster took over the supporting program, produced the live supporting program ... as a fall-back level, as it were. It could have been that a broadcaster had to switch to the supporting program at short notice. As a rule, the program was then made and moderated in the BLR studio that nobody could hear. In the meantime, the framework is only offered at certain hours, which among other things, broadcasters such as Radio Plassenburg demanded one or the other hour more of their own. But in times of automation and many unmoderated transmission lines, it should be less of a problem ...
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I've also heard that some broadcasters leave the BLR coat for the commercials at: 20 or: 50 and broadcast "their own" music until half or full - then recognizable (especially at half) by a "bumpy" transition to the headlines from Munich.
but drives - the technology can now - the jingles in the BLR studio for all customers, just like SWR3 does for the local identity with the RP and BW versions ... The above-mentioned improvement of the control would thus be explained by this that you don't "switch in" anything "strange" from the respective local broadcasting company, but rather send several "complete plays with the respective local jingles" to the local broadcasters at the same time, directly in the BLR studio.

I could imagine that it works the same way with Radio 21 / Rockland Radio, where they not only broadcast one program as two different stations, but also give their own location and MHz information on each frequency. Just think that, analogous to the BLR principle you have described, all Radio 21 local versions from Garbsen or all Rockland local versions from Mainz will go out centrally as a complete production and only be distributed from there to the corresponding frequencies or streams. A "nationwide" Radio 21 or Rockland as a fall-back level is not needed and, to my knowledge, does not exist. The average listener then has the impression that he is listening to a "real" local station or Rockland listeners are wondering why Olli Peral or Anette Radüg suddenly changed the station on their North Sea vacation. As I said: the technology can now do it!
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With the sentence "It's 10 o'clock and THREE minutes" (it's always three, by the way, even if the news is two or four minutes long * G *) the moderator in the local broadcasting studio, who almost fell asleep with boredom, knows that he's the BLR controller pushes back down and drives his own weather or the traffic and has to talk again. The rest of the broadcast hour is completely in the hands of the local moderator.

No, the announcement of the time after the news is no longer the case!
In the meantime it is said, for example, "it will be 10 o'clock and 3 minutes" because there are still a few seconds until then!
I think the BLR's coat program is very good and has been listening to it for many years. I also regret that the night program is now being recorded, but this makes it easier for the moderators and can drive longer broadcast routes. Sometimes a moderator is on the air for 12 hours, with the last 5 hours of the night being a recording, but otherwise this would not be possible.
Some stations like Radio ISW also make their own program on the weekend, or just take over the general program for an hour in between, so that not only music plays non-stop.
Anyway, I think the solution with the general program for the small local broadcasters in Bavaria is very good, so that music doesn't just play non-stop in the evenings, at night and on the weekend, and the entertainment is also very good.
There are also regular special programs, for example "Saturday Night Fever" on Saturday evening from 8 pm to midnight with the biggest party hits of all time and on public holidays there are regular music special programs.
In addition, the music is very varied, there are now many new songs as well as older hits that can no longer be heard anywhere else and the news, weather and traffic reports are every 30 minutes.At midnight, however, only the news at midnight, because then only is the news presenter in the studio.
And mishaps, such as a wrong station jingle, can happen anywhere!
Do the local broadcasters actually all play the same tracks, even if they don't take off the main program, or is that like Radio NRW, and the same stuff is played on every local broadcast?
Do the local broadcasters actually all play the same tracks, even if they don't take off the main program, or is that like Radio NRW, and the same stuff is played on every local broadcast?

Well, that's the way it is with us. There are broadcasters in Bavaria that take over the BLR's main program and broadcasters that don't, those broadcasters that don't take over the BLR are located in larger cities like Munich or Nuremberg. Now to your real question, the stations that take over the main program broadcast a similar genre of music as the BLR, would otherwise come to a big break, but you are not now obliged to adhere to any order. The broadcasters have a free hand.

But now there are also stations in Bavaria such as Radio AWN, Unser Radio and Radio Trausnitz. With them it is so that the titles come in the same order, but has nothing to do with the BLR. Why this is so, but someone else can explain better here.

But here are three channels that take over the main program of the BLR. Then you will hear the differences in the daily program.



And a station from Munich that also takes over the BLR in the evening.

@radiobino: Regarding the often concurrent daily routes - either moderated or unmoderated - which take over 99% of the music selection of the supporting program, I can imagine that this has billing advantages. At least the music planning is then omitted for the respective local broadcaster. I could imagine that the lists would go out to the local broadcasters in advance and that the next few hours would be ready to broadcast for a lower fee, including the accounting lists for GEMA etc. Otherwise, some employee at the local broadcasters would have to do the job and that is known to cost. Even in the computer age, as is well known, the programs are usually still carefully planned and not left to the machine - which certainly could - according to genre, oldies, classic hits of the hour ...
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