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Basic information

This article explains how to manage Broadcast programs (audio shows) via Scheduler & Template week.

For general information about Scheduler & Template week, see the alternative article below:



Open Scheduler & Template week

To get started, go to Stream > Scheduler & Template week in the primary navigation.



Select a tube

If your site has multiple tubes, select the audio tube you want to manage using the Tubes drop-down menu. Audio tubes are marked with the music icon.

For detailed information about tubes, including how to request a new tube, see the following article:



Select a view

When you use Scheduler & Template week, hit the tabs in the left panel to switch between the "Scheduler" and "Template week" views.

The basic purpose of each view is described below:

  • Scheduler: Check the broadcast schedule as it appears on the public site. If desired, add unique settings for an individual episode.
  • Template week: Manage the basic template for live broadcasting. Schedule a regular program that will stream a new unique episode at the same time each week. Update the general settings for a program that will apply automatically for all new episodes.

For detailed information, see the following article:



Schedule a new Broadcast program

You can schedule a regular Broadcast program that will stream a new unique episode at the same time each week.

Follow these steps:

  1. Select Tempate week.
  2. Select an empty time slot. You will be able to define the exact start and end time in the Broadcast program settings.
  3. Select Add.
  4. Complete the Broadcast program settings.
  5. Hit Save to confirm.

The Broadcast program is now added to Template week.

Changes made in Template week are not applied on the public site until after the data from Template week is added to Scheduler. The latest data from Template week is automatically added to Scheduler on a regular basis. If preferred, you can update Scheduler manually. For details, see the following article:



Add unique settings for an episode

After a new episode of a Broadcast program is added to Scheduler, you can add unique settings for the episode. For example, create a unique description to tell visitors exactly what to expect from the episode. You might mention a specific person who will be interviewed or a topic that will be discussed. This approach can generate interest in your content and drive engagement.

To add unique settings for an episode:

  1. Select Scheduler.
  2. Select the episode you want to update.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Update the Broadcast program settings.
  5. Hit Save to confirm.

The updated settings are applied in Scheduler and on the public site. Other episodes of the same program are not affected.



Manage settings

The following settings are available for each Broadcast program:


Status

Unless Published is selected, the Broadcast program will not appear in the broadcast schedule and will not start streaming at the scheduled start time.


Date or Day

The option you see varies, depending on the selected view:

  • Template week: Select a day of the week under Day. A new unique episode will stream on the selected day each week.
  • Scheduler: Select a date under Date. The individual episode will stream on the selected date.

Enter all dates and times according to your website time (the time for your main audience base).


Start and End

Enter the start and end time for the Broadcast program.

Enter all dates and times according to your website time (the time for your main audience base).

IMPORTANT: Set the correct start and end time to avoid streaming content that was produced for another service. For details about how live content is delivered to Pangea sites, see our separate guide about tubes.


Title and Description

Provide a title and brief description for the Broadcast program.

The title and description are displayed on various pages across the public site (for example, on the live page and broadcast schedule page).


Main image

Select unique artwork that will be associated with the Broadcast program.

The artwork is displayed on various pages across the public site (for example, on the live page and broadcast schedule page).


Categories

It is required to connect the Broadcast program to at least one Category.

If episodes of the Broadcast program are recorded, the recordings are automatically added to the selected Category.


Authors

Optionally add one or more authors (or presenters) for the Broadcast program. The names are listed on the broadcast schedule as presenters.

Before you can add an author to a Broadcast program, the author needs to be included on the list of approved authors for your site. From Pangea CMS, you can add a new author to the approved list. For details, see the following article:


Hide download links

If ticked, a download link will not be provided below the audio player (visitors will be unable to download the audio file).


Share on Direct

Specify if the Broadcast program will be shared on the USAGM Direct site. The following options are available:

  • Follow Zone setup: Share via USAGM Direct if this option is enabled for the connected Category.
  • Send to Direct: Share the Broadcast program via USAGM Direct.
  • Do not allow for Direct: Do not share the Broadcast program via USAGM Direct.

If you tick Evergreen, the content will not expire on the USAGM Direct site (in most cases, content on USAGM direct expires after 30 days). Tick this option if the content is not time-sensitive and will remain perpetually relevant for audiences.



Record a Broadcast program

IMPORTANT: Request recording at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time for the episode. Otherwise, recording might not work.

If you tick Record, the Broadcast program will be recorded.

After the Broadcast program ends, the recording will be available in Pangea CMS (the content type is Broadcast program). The recorded Broadcast program is automatically assigned the Published status.



Update Scheduler

Changes made in Template week are not applied on the public site until after the data from Template week is added to Scheduler. The latest data from Template week is automatically added to Scheduler on a regular basis. If preferred, you can update Scheduler manually. For details, see the following article:


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