Thursday, August 5, 2010

Perfect for daily/nightly top 8 @ 8, etc or request positions...Use a MANUAL clock element type.

By Aaron Taylor

If you run daily countdown programs or all request programming, that might span different categories daily you may want to consider building or revising your clocks with the MANUAL clock element type.   This will leave the position unscheduled in the autoscheduling process, allowing the programmer to hand fill that slot after the auto scheduling process completes.  It doesn't matter what category postion you put there, as you can override that designation with a wild card insertion while you are manually editing the schedule.

I sometimes like to suggest that clients create a "dummy" category designation for these positons and call that category REQUEST, so there is no confusion if another programming person (or your consultant reviews your clock structure).

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