Style / Specific types of releases / Broadcast programs

Status: This is an official style guideline.


These guidelines cover episodic audio programs, such as radio programs and podcasts.


Release group type

The release group type should be set to "Broadcast". If the show was recorded in front of a live studio audience, add "Live".

Release name

Follow this format: YYYY-MM-DD: Program Name[ #1234][, "Program Title"][: Location]

Only include the show number if each show has an individual number. You can generally find this on the distributor's website.

Only include Location if it is a live recording, or if the location of the recording changes often and is mentioned in the program or on the program's website. Don't add the location for most studio recordings. Location is of this syntax: [Venue, ]City, [State, ]Country


  • 2012-06-30: Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: State Theatre, Cleveland, OH, USA
  • 2012-06-30: A Prairie Home Companion #1348: Koussevitzky Music Shed, Lenox, MA, USA
  • 2012-06-16: Car Talk #1224, "You Sap"
  • 2012-07-07: The Writer's Almanac

Artist credit

If the program is primarily written by and performed by the hosts, list them (or their pseudonym) as the artist. Examples:

  • Car Talk: Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers

Otherwise, artist credit should be given to the groups or people given at the beginning of the program. Examples:

  • Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: NPR & WBEZ Chicago — "From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" ..."
  • All Things Considered: NPR News (NPR) — "From NPR News, this is All Things Considered ..."

If the only people listed at the beginning of the program are the hosts who are not primary writers, or if there are no people or groups listed at the beginning of the program, use your best judgement for the artist credit. Examples:

  • Fresh Air: NPR & WHYY
  • The Writer's Almanac: American Public Media (while Garrison Keillor is the host, he is not the primary writer)

Track listings

For programs separated into segments when distributed (for example, separate downloads for each segment, or a player which loads a new file for each segment), list each segment as a separate track. The track title should be the title of the segment from the distributor, if useful.

For programs distributed as a single file or track, use only one track, and title it the same as the release.


Use the group responsible for holding rights for and distributing the program you are adding. For example, recordings from "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" are distributed through NPR's website, so the label should be NPR. Do not add a catalog number for digital media releases unless you are absolutely certain it's a catalog number and not just an internal ID number.


  • Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: NPR
  • Car Talk: Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe (see [1] and [2])

Release date

Use the date the program was first released by the label. This is often the day of or the day after the program first aired. If you are unsure of the date, don't enter it — the day the program aired is in the release title.

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