The team at Media Realm is excited to announce the release of MetaRadio 2.0. MetaRadio is the best way to manage your station’s now-playing metadata. We help you connect to more radio broadcast systems than any other metadata system on the market – 32+ automation systems, and 39+ output systems. We also have provide input and output methods from HTTP, TCP, and Files, so you can connect to even more systems using our generic templates.
This is a free upgrade for all existing licensees.
MetaRadio contains a number of major new features, including:
- New configuration app, including a significantly enhanced setup experience, and easier ways to view, manage, and use your metadata.
- Ability to merge metadata between multiple systems – for example, taking an external program guide feed and sending it to RDS alongside your Now Playing song data, or merging Satellite now playing data during select hours, and local automation system data during other hours.
- System scheduling, allowing you to enable/disable inputs at set times during the week.
- New options to include sponsor/advertiser messages in between song messages.
We also have a number of new input and output systems:
- Icecast Input, so you can relay metadata from existing streams (e.g. syndication providers and AI music providers)
- WideOrbit Radio Automation via TCP/IP
- Omnia 9 Stream Metadata
- Orban Optimod
- Cirrus Streaming API
- Virtual DJ
This upgrade builds on our years of experience managing now-playing data, and makes it even easier than ever to send your metadata everywhere. MetaRadio was first released in 2016, and the application has grown significantly since our first release. Most of our enhancements have been driven by our loyal and enthusiastic customers – so if that’s you, thank you for all you’ve contributed.
Work on MetaRadio 2 has been underway since mid-2022. We’ve had around 30 stations participate in the beta testing process over the last two months. We’ve loved working with stations across the world to perfect this upgrade.
MetaRadio has been a real game-changer for my 11 radio stations. It’s improved the listener experience and engagement – over the air on both our analog and HD signals as well as through streaming players and apps. New features allowing us to schedule advertiser messages and sponsorships presents fresh new recurring revenue opportunities. MetaRadio is powerful and affordable, and, simply put, it just works.Lee Perryman, Radio Alabama
We are absolutely delighted with MetaRadio 2.0 ! The program is simple, easy to use, and does what it claims. We chose to use the WordPress plugin and found it to be simple to install and easy to manageWayne, 93.1 CFISFM
New Configuration App
Our brand new web configuration interface has been designed from the ground up to make it easy to get started and manage your metadata.
The dashboard gives you an overview of your MetaRadio system, including licensing status, updates, and quantity of systems:
Adding Input Systems has never been easier! This new interface lets you find your system quickly.
Configuring a system is also now easier. Every system has integrated help text. If a system needs a custom template, this is displayed on the setup screen too.
Advanced Merge Fields
Ever wanted to share merge fields between different Inputs and Outputs?
Ever wanted an easier way to see all the Merge Fields available to you in any given system?
Ever wanted to access raw data from an input’s XML or JSON?
All these desires have been addressed with our new Advanced Merge Field options:
Many stations run multiple Input systems, and need a way to turn them on and off throughout the week. Examples include:
- A station uses WestwoodOne Satellite feed during certain day-parts, and their own local automation system during other times.
- A station uses their automation system most of the time, except for programs that air music from vinyl and CDs – during which times they use ACR Cloud Music Fingerprinting to detect the tracks as they play on-air in realtime (it’s like the Shazam app but for your radio station).
Want to schedule promotional messages during certain times of the day, certain days of the week, or even minutes of the hour? Our Message Scheduler lets you override the output of many systems based on advanced scheduling criteria.
This will be a great way to promote program sponsors, regular segments, or station promotions.
How can I get MetaRadio 2.0?
MetaRadio 2.0 has been officially released! Existing customers will receive an email with their download link and new license file in the coming 24 hours. New customers can sign up for a free trial now, or purchase MetaRadio online.
Will MetaRadio 2.0 work with my existing configuration?
MetaRadio 2.0 is fully compatible with existing configuration from MetaRadio 1.7. If you upgrade the same PC, your configuration will be preserved.
Will there be any ongoing fees?
Support and maintenance is included for the first 12 months, and then an annual maintenance & support plan will ensure you get access to ongoing updates after this first 12 months.
MetaRadio remains a buy-out license, so if you don’t want updates and support after your initial 12 months, then you don’t need to pay the annual subscription.
We have introduced this annual fee for updates and support to ensure MetaRadio can continue to be developed and enhanced for years to come.
What’s the upgrade process like?
When you buy a license or sign up for the trial, you receive an email. This email contains the download link and license file. You can run the installation on your PC, provide the new license key, and you’ll be up and running in no time. You can also read the full installation instructions for new installs.
Make sure you take a backup before you upgrade. If you are using a VM, we suggest taking a snapshot before upgrading.
How can I contact support?
Our website includes setup guides for many of the most popular systems, but if you need support from our helpful support team, please contact us via email.