As we kick off the new season of BAIT Radio TOP10, a couple of changes come in. Check inside!
BAIT Radio TOP10 show has used the same format since late 2009. Now it's time for us to introduce some changes. Speaking long term, we believe this will bring better quality and will also make it easier for the team to prepare and host the show.
There are reasons behind the changes that we're about to introduce and we'll be glad to elaborate on each of the items. Here's an overview.
New airing time: 18:00 CET on Sundays
The TOP10 will still air weekly on Sundays, however an hour earlier than it used to air until now. This will also allow Thomas to continue with his show Underneath the Sycamore an hour earlier without running into deep night hours. Tune in already this Sunday at 18:00 CET!
Voting now stops on Fridays at 23:59 CET
A little change that will help the hosts tremendously. Previously, it was possible to vote throughout the week until Saturday evening before the show day. We now restrict the voting period until Friday 23:59 CET to allow more time for the team to review the votes and prepare the show. This means that any votes submitted starting from Saturday will be counted for the next edition of BAIT Radio TOP10.
Seasonal approach: each season lasts for 8 weeks
Until now, the TOP10 seasons were really long and lasted for one full year. At the end of the season we would make a recap of the past year and compile the list of songs that proved to be most popular. We would also reset the number of votes each person had and start "fresh".
We now decided to make shorter seasons. Each season will last for 8 weeks after which we'll have a break of 2 weeks before kicking off the new season. Like before, we will have a recap and find out who were the most active voters this season. This leads us to the next change...
From the NEXT season: most active voters will propose new songs
With the increasing popularity of the TOP10 show, we are finding it more difficult to fit in all the new propositions into the 1st hour of the show. At often times, we get some 15 new songs proposed. Doing simple math, it is unrealistic to play them all within an hour without having to cut the songs short.
For this reason, starting from the next season the new songs can only be proposed by the TOP10 most active voters of the previous season. Those people will effectively be our "VIPs" for the upcoming season.
As we mentioned earlier, at the beginning of each season we will reset the number of votes that listeners have, so everybody starts off with a clean sheet. If you keep up voting consistently, your chances to become a VIP will be high. We will not leave anybody out and if there's a draw for the last position, everybody will be included.
If you're not a VIP, it goes without saying that you can use all methods possible to influence the VIPs to propose your favorite song for our show. Convince them or even bribe them, if you so wish! ;)
People who are not VIPs will be able to spend 5 votes for the songs that are in the TOP10 or the Propositions list. The VIPs, however, will have 4 votes for the TOP10 songs and 1 vote for a brand new proposition - like it is right now.
As mentioned before - this new approach will only start from the next season (10 weeks from now), however the VIPs will be decided based on the votes submitted this season.
We hope that the listeners will appreciate these changes and continue tuning in and contributing to the show weekly. We are waiting for you to tune in to the new season already this Sunday at 18:00 CET!
Your hosts - twisty, Thomas & Decl
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