In as much as Zone Radio does all it can to make it easy for musicians to submit their music to be considered for play-listing and air-play, there are a few simple rules that need to be followed. Listed below are the rules as well as the process that is followed once a song has been accepted and play-listed.

Submission Process

  1. We do not play-list Hip-Hop, Rap, House or EDM music.
  2. We do not make use of any download platforms e.g. Dropbox, YouSendIt etc.
  3. We only play-list a single song per artist at a time, so there is no point in sending multiple tracks to us. Simply send the track to be considered for play-listing. Artists are most welcome to submit further songs once the initial submission has been accepted. However, we suggest that these are spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. This allows us to manage them correctly and ensure that nothing slips through the tracks.
  4. All songs sent so us must be correctly labeled i.e. “Artist Name” – “Song Title”
  5. An email containing the following three elements should be sent to studioman@univox.co.za
    • An Mp3 track
    • A short biography – No more than a paragraph contained in the body of the email or in a Microsoft Word document.
    • All social media links.

Should any of these three elements be missing, the submission will not be considered.

Lead Time: Where music submissions are concerned, we operate strictly on a “first come first served basis. On average we receive between 15 to 20 submissions daily and because we try to accommodate all those that comply with the submission process as outlined above, it can take up to three weeks before we are able to respond or acknowledge receipt of submissions. If you have not heard from us within three weeks, please feel free to email us.

Acceptance and air-play: Once a song has been accepted, artists can expect the following:

  1. An email will be send per return email.
  2. Notification of the date the song will be play-listed and featured on “No Hoops Required” (see below for further information) will be provided.
  3. All songs featured are then added to the Zone Radio Top 40 Voting Poll (see below for further information).
  4. All songs become eligible to be requested on Zone Radio’s live programs (see below for further information)
  5. Once the song has been featured it will again be featured the next week on the Breakfast Zone’s daily “No Hoops Required Triple-Play” or the “No Hoops Required Friday Foursome”.
  6. In addition to the above, all songs are added to the Zone Radio Auto Stream on high rotation for a period of one month.
  7. Finally, the top 15 songs on the Zone Radio Top 40 chart will be featured each Tuesday evening between 7 and 8 pm.

No Hoops Required Feature: This is the mechanism that Zone Radio uses to introduce new songs to it's audience.  The feature airs each Wednesday between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm on the Breakfast Zone. Each week 16 new tracks are introduced. The short biography provided allows the presenter to provide listeners with information about each artist. A tweet is also sent to each of the artists informing them that their song is being featured. Directly after the program a list of all songs and artists, along with their respective twitter handles, is posted on the Zone Radio Facebook Page and Tweeted via the Zone Radio Twitter account.

Requests:  Outside of our Auto Stream, Zone Radio does not have a predetermined and preset play-list. Each of the presenters compiles their own play-list for broadcast during their respective shows. This allows them to accommodate song requests via our Facebook Page, Twitter Account and on WhatsApp.  We therefore encourage all artists to use their social media platforms to inform their followers and fans that they can request their songs during our live programs, a schedule of which can be found on this website on the “Programs Tab”. Although we endeavor to play all requests as soon as possible after they are received, we hasten to add that these are always played at the presenter’s discretion.

The Zone Radio Top 40: All new songs featured on the “No Hoops Required” are added to the Zone Radio Top 40 Voting Poll on the day that they are featured. In order to understand how this works and what to expect from this, a short summary is provided here.

  1. The chart is 100% voter driven and Zone Radio has no control whatsoever over the positioning of songs on the chart. Simply stated, the more votes a song receives, the higher its position on the chart.
  2. Only one vote per song per person is permitted.
  3. All songs are permitted to be on the chart for a maximum of 8 weeks. Thereafter they are removed regardless of the position they hold on the chart.
  4. Sixteen songs are removed each Wednesday to make room for the new songs featured on “No Hoops Required
  5. Each artist is then sent a tweet advising them that their song has been added and a link to the Top 40 on the website is provided.
  6. As mentioned above, sixteen songs are removed each Wednesday. In determining which songs are removed, the selection criteria are as follows:
    • Any song that has reached the 8 week limit.
    • Any song that does not receive a minimum of 50 votes within the first week after it was added.
    • For those songs above the 50 vote minimum, an algorithm that combines three elements is run automatically –
      • The increase in votes week on week.
      • Positions dropped on the chart.
      • Weeks spent on the chart.

For many years, each week, much time and effort goes into previewing, play-listing songs and preparing the “No Hoops Required” feature and maintaining the Top 40 chart. We do this, not for financial reward, but because we believe that having put their hearts and souls into their music, artists should be heard without having to “jump through hoops”. However, doing so comes at a cost. To date we have been able to absorb that cost, but we are finding it more and more difficult to do so of late. To this end, and having resisted it as long and possible, we have added a donation platform and “donate button” to our new website (see below). It is not obligatory and will in no way prejudice anyone who chooses not to, however, we are appealing to artists play-listed and featured on Zone Radio to consider making a small donation.  Every little bit helps and will certainly assist us in continuing to showcase and promote both local and international artists.

If you have any queries please email studioman@univox.co.za