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Generating a "Ranked" playlist in PowerGold

This article is written for Program Directors

#engage offers several voting features where users can be presented with a list of songs that they vote up or down in order to determine what will play on the air (including Takeover, Top Song, and FaceOff). The available songs are determined by you, and there are two ways to populate one of these playlists:

  • CSV Upload - You can provide a spreadsheet (as a .CSV file) of your active library with any attributes you'd like to use for separation (i.e. category, sound code, era, vocalist), which is generated from your music scheduler and uploaded to the Futuri Control Room each time you update your rotation.
  • "Autopop" - The top X songs played over the last Y days (with X and Y determined by you) are made available for voting. Because this type of playlist is based on your Now Playing feed, complicated separation goals such as category, sound code, and era are not possible. However, basic artist and title separation is still possible. You may find that an "autopop" list is easier to manage, especially if your station doesn't schedule music locally. Click here for more information on "autopop" playlists.

NOTE: These same instructions can be used to generate playlists for Top Song, Takeover Countdown, and FaceOff, though we advise against complex sound-code-related goals for those features.

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Configuring the export for the first time

The easiest way to export a spreadsheet of your library from PowerGold is to use the Automation menu. In that menu, you'll navigate to Setup and click New and name your "automation system" something like "#engage Export."

Under Type of Output File, choose Comma Quote Delimited, and under Extension, choose csv.

Under Directory, determine where your #engage exports should be saved.

On the right side of the screen, add the fields needed for your playlist. Futuri VIP Support can help you to determine what those fields should be.

When you're done, your new #engage Export should look like this:

IMPORTANT: After saving your #engage Export, remember to change your Automation System drop-down back to your real automation system so that your music logs will export correctly.

Running the export

Each time you want to create a new playlist, open the Automation Files menu, navigate to Setup, and choose your "#engage Export" under Name of Automation System.

Click Create Database and choose the categories you want to include (as shown in the screenshot below).

Follow the rest of the prompts until your playlist has been created and saved on your computer.

Once you've generated your playlist, you'll upload the list to the Futuri Control Room (see below).

IMPORTANT: After saving your #engage Export, remember to change your Automation System drop-down back to your real automation system so that your music logs will export correctly.

Managing playlists in Control Room

After generating your playlist, log in to the Futuri Control Room. If you need credentials, please email Futuri VIP Support.

Once you’re logged in, perform the quick steps below:

1. Click Takeover Playlists​ from the #engage Playlists menu on the left.

2. Give the playlist a name.

3. Choose the file to upload.

4. Click the Upload​ button.

5. Change the Active​ status of your lists (if you want the new list to go live right now, Activate it and Deactivate​ any lists that shouldn’t be live right now). You can have multiple playlists active at a time, and you can also Delete​ old lists from here.

6. If you’re going to use different playlists at different times, select Playlist Scheduling​ from the menu on the left.

7. Set up “activation times” as needed, and/or swap out the list you need to replace so that the scheduling will do what it needs to do when the time comes.

8. Click Save Playlist Changes​ at the bottom of the page.

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