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== How are the popular stations determined? ==
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The five most popular stations are listed at the top of the By Hour and By Station tabs. These are the stations that have had the most page views and have been listened to the most. They are listed from most to lesser popularity.
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== How can I listen to stations? ==
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See [[Listening to stations]].
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== What range of dates is included? ==
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RadioWave stores schedules up to a week in advance. Some stations will only provide the current day's schedule; those are imported at around midnight in that station's time zone. Old events are kept for a week before being deleted.
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== Why are individual tracks not available on some stations? ==
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The [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act Digital Millennium Copyright Act] prohibits stations in the United States from publishing information about copyrighted recordings in advance. Many stations used to include this information, but they are slowly eliminating it from their web sites. Non-US stations are much more informative and accommodating to music lovers.
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* Inserting special announcements in the schedule page. RadioWave can generally find schedule information even if minor changes are made, but sometimes a note will be inserted in the page that derails the schedule parser.
 
* Inserting special announcements in the schedule page. RadioWave can generally find schedule information even if minor changes are made, but sometimes a note will be inserted in the page that derails the schedule parser.
  
Along with these, stations will periodically redesign their web sites. When this happens, it may take a week or so to accommodate the new layout.
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Along with these, stations will periodically redesign their web sites. When this happens, it may take a week or so to recognize and accommodate the new layout.
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Latest revision as of 14:08, 6 January 2011

How are the popular stations determined?

The five most popular stations are listed at the top of the By Hour and By Station tabs. These are the stations that have had the most page views and have been listened to the most. They are listed from most to lesser popularity.

How can I listen to stations?

See Listening to stations.

What range of dates is included?

RadioWave stores schedules up to a week in advance. Some stations will only provide the current day's schedule; those are imported at around midnight in that station's time zone. Old events are kept for a week before being deleted.

Why are individual tracks not available on some stations?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act prohibits stations in the United States from publishing information about copyrighted recordings in advance. Many stations used to include this information, but they are slowly eliminating it from their web sites. Non-US stations are much more informative and accommodating to music lovers.

Why is event information incorrect?

RadioWave gets its schedule information from the radio stations' schedule web pages. Sometimes those pages contain wrong information or information that is difficult to parse. Some examples:

  • Listing the time as 11 PM when it should be 11 AM. Some stations scramble their AM/PM mid-day in a listing, and RadioWave can't always anticipate the change.
  • Listing events by title-then-composer and switching to composer-then-title for a few events. RadioWave can't tell the difference between titles and composers and descriptions and must rely on where a station normally places this information.
  • Inserting special announcements in the schedule page. RadioWave can generally find schedule information even if minor changes are made, but sometimes a note will be inserted in the page that derails the schedule parser.

Along with these, stations will periodically redesign their web sites. When this happens, it may take a week or so to recognize and accommodate the new layout.