Can non-music items show in NOW Playing

Greetings, Can a non-music item show up in the NowPlaying feature when activated in playlist and/or added to a future playlist?

I’m excited to get the NowPlaying feature working on our website, but I’ve noticed non-music items do not show in Now Playing. The non-music item will appear in Current Playlist, but have not discovered success with non-music item showing information in NowPlaying.

thanks for any input. More questions coming…


Can anyone answer this question?

As it stands I don’t think the widgets put non-music into now playing displays.

The markup for spins is different from that of non-music so it might be a bit complicated to deal with, including on your end with CSS. Like putting library books in a stack of LPs. It can be done but might not be lovely.

What do you plan to use non-music items for so that they feature widgets as now playing?

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Thanks for the message. Our News Programs are non-music items. We broadcast, Sojourner Truth, Rising Up with Sonali, Democracy Now, Thom Hartmann and KBCS produced, The Grit. Previously we could enter details for segment and it would come up in the Now Playing as text. Similar to how it looks now, but without the music image and listing, which is from previous show.

Also, these details would show up on an RDS or HD Display, when it was working. Still getting that connected up.

Is this maybe a setting change for playlist so it doesn’t track music? What of info in our ENCO DAD and sent through Padapult?? stuff I’m chatting with them about now. An RSS feed coming from shows like Democracy Now, etc?

We have another channel we are starting this year. It will be primarily news programming, non-music items.

Thank you for response. Going to check out some of the info through the forum here. Will check back soon. thanks

When you say “previously”, what technology did you?

‘Previously’ refers to Playlist Center software we are still navigating away from, but in current use until we are set with Spinitron on site. This software can take anything we type in a line item and display it on the Live Playlist. I did not create this software. I do not know how to change the code for this software. I’m not software developer skilled. But moving to Spinitron was exciting for simplifying access for users and auto generating for playlists.
the features in Spinitron are important for today’s needs at our station, and tend to ‘outweigh’ the differences,…not able to show non-music items in now-playing.

now, I don’t now if Padapult with ENCO can offer a solution? or Music Master? We have these 2 software options too, but how to use, I don’ t know.

I’d like to simplify the amount of software we use here, but I keep getting stuck. thanks for your response and attention to the messages.

chat soon G

OK, so given your existing IT infrastructure, there are some decisions to be made on what functions Spinitron should take over and what should remain with your existing systems. I think it’s easier to talk about on the phone or video call.

@GregDSea Given the change to Spinitron’s rebroadcast feature, I .

  1. Display non-music items in the now-playing widgets.
  2. Push non-music items in metadata push to RDS etc.
  3. Import from data files
  4. Automation API

Both 3. and 4. are difficult and I’d prefer to avoid the need for them. Avoiding that depends on your existing operations and IT infrastructure so let’s talk about it on the phone or a skype/zoom call.

But 1. and 2. should be doable. In both of these cases we need to figure out how to format the non-music and blend it with the music spins.

We can format a non-music item’s timing fields (timestamp, duration etc.) the same as we do for spins, so that’s not a problem.

That leaves the three text fields in non-music items: category, title, and description. If we only include the title in the widget and metadata push then I think it’s fairly easy. If either category and/or description are also required then it will take more work.


At the end, do you mean the following? “If either category and/or description are also required then it will take more work.”

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Speaking for my own purposes, title will work and I can make the default titles reflect the category.

Yes. Corrected, thank you.

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Tom, thanks for getting this set. The title works for the NowPlaying info. Full details come up in the LIVE playlist so I think we are good for Now Playing…except, now I’ll need to figure out the Now Playing so music listing from Previous show doesn’t stay hanging out there. You can check this at our website thanks again for the fix. Chat more soon

Sorry was a bit confused between our LIVE website and the website we are currently testing spinitron here: the now playing for this staging site navigates to the playlist, but is not showing the KBCS voice breaks non-items I created. Only showing the Thom Hartmann created non-music items. I’m trying to active the playlist live right now. If you can check the widget, the music from last show is still there, show was early this morning. None of the non-music items are showing. hmmm…again, we’ll probably need to chat a bit later. Thank you for the communication and support.

Greetings, I’m not sure if this is acceptable. I wrote in the Music Fields the basic information for our News Segments. See 2 examples. The NOW Playing LOOKS GOOD! to me. But I am not sure if this breaks any legal acceptance of use for software OR how SPINS are tracked. Many of our music DJs manually enter information for unreleased tracks. I don’t foresee this to be an issue. We have been sending Spinitron reports which include the non-music items when listed in playlist. hmmm. Please let me know what you think.


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It’s acceptability is up to you.

Until I implement non-music in the widgets etc. that workaround does work.

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