Display Most-Listened To Stations First, Within Their Respective Genre Listings
Let's reward the stations that are attracting the most listeners by showing them first within their respecitve genre listings. Something the 'old' Live365 used to do. For example, I'm pretty sure I have the top Funk genre station, evidenced by it usually appearing the overall Top Stations page. Well, it would be great when listeners searching on Funk stations seeing my station listed based on its ranking among other Funk genre stations - which would probably be #1, or near the top.
Under consideration Directory/Listeners Suggested by: Ernie Mitchell • Upvoted: 23 Dec, '22 • Comments: 9
I'm sorry to say this. I object this idea because favoring stations of any kind bring an unfair advantage. Live365 does not need to bring back a bunch of old habits of favoring station by popularity of any kind.
Rick 97.3 The ARC
I'd have to say I agree 100% with Chris. Even though my station was number one in the genre listing on the ole Live365 , I always proposed for a fair algorithm that would allow everyone exposure. Also paid options, but never happened.
There have been lots of internal conversations about the direction that the Directory is going. We are devising ways that drive traffic to stations when a listener searches for certain genres or categories. We'd also like to feature new and trending stations. This needs to be automatic, as in the Directory will populate these listings automatically as stations statistics change.
Chris from Rockade Radio
I hope live365 be very careful. live365 is not youtube nor do I want to see the directory fall in the same unfair tactics similar to youtubes algorithm. I got nothing against featuring new and exciting stations but favoritism is what I don't wanna see on live365.
As a new station, I have only a hand full of listeners - although my audience is slowly increasing. I do understand the concerns previously posted here, but as a new station, I need some way to let listeners know my station exists. There is no "New Stations" listing on the LIVE365 home page or app. May I suggest adding this section and list your newest stations? Or, I would even be willing to pay for an ad campaign on the home page if that option were available.
I'm against this - what it would do is essentially inject an "American Top 40"-type criterion of popularity-only for listings. Back in a late '70s Omni magazine article, a guy wrote something I've never forgotten: The wider your intended audience, the more bland a lowest-common-denominator you must adopt. The converse is often true too. "Sameness" is something I fight against with every song choice I make. I recommend the opposite: totally random, or just alphabetical listings.
I think a new station block on the main web page would be great instead of most listened to. It should show by genre as well. Also curating stations on the platform will have to be more often, and of more diverse genres and formats.
Under each genre on the new Live365 website, stations should either be mixed up every month or there should be a clear Live365 policy as to what stations will be listed first. It is not fair to have stations always listed at the bottom that require multiple clicks to be seen (and we all know most people won't make that many clicks if any at all) unless a clear reason is provided to station owners. Either everybody should get a regular turn at being higher on the list or Live365 should state how the listings are determined (number of listeners, TLH, higher payment tier, whatever).
Ionut Sarghi Admin
"Fair Listings for Stations Under Genre Categories" (suggested by KoHoSo on 2021-06-15), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.