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Get it On - finding the music requested

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Karen Miller Karen Miller | 10:16 UK time, Monday, 22 March 2010

We've been asked a question by Scotch-git on our inaugural blog post:

How come requests to Get It On sometimes cannot be found, despite the fact that the songs requested have been played previously on, e.g., Travelling Folk and/or the Iain Anderson Show?

Don't all the producers access the same database? If not, why not?

I forwarded the question to "Miss Babs", the Senior Producer for Get it On with Bryan Burnett who replied:

BBC Radio Scotland has a huge music database instantly available along with another half million tracks instantly available from BBC Grams online facility which is the main source of music for our mainstream output for shows like Get It On and Tom Morton, in addition there are core artists and tracks which are featured regularly on our specialist evening shows kept on the database.

However some tracks which experience few plays and are used by specialist shows like Travelling Folk are retained on CD. The Get it On team do have access to these CDs, ahead of the programme, but it is not always possible while we are on air to locate them quickly - it would mean the producer literally running downstairs and searching through the CD collection (which is fairly large) which would in turn mean that the immediacy of our interactive element would be reduced on air. Although all the Get it on producers have done the sprint to the office on occasions! If a track is selected in advance of the show, we do try hard to make sure we've located it.

So in short, yes all producers have access to the same database, however not all the specialist tracks are retained on the database long-term.

The Iain Anderson Show is produced by Bees Nees and is broadcast from their own studios therefore Get it On is unable to access their music.

If you do want to request a song, or theme for inclusion on Get it On, then you can contact the show via Bryan's blog, Facebook or email.



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