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Choosing the tracks for the show

By Jacob Rickard
BBC Kent Introducing presenter

Jacob Rickard
BBC Kent Introducing's presenter, Jacob Rickard playing your tunes

As with lots of specialist music radio shows, the presenter puts together the basic tracklisting for the show every week. There is a very small team working on the show, and it relies purely on our opinion, but we all have extremely wide-ranging tastes and we all contribute to the final decision about the running order.

We operate a basic playlist rotation system. This means that in every hour-long show we aim to have a rough 50/50 ratio of 'old' (previously played) songs to 'new' (never played before) songs.

Occasionally we send track recommendations to shows on BBC network radio, such as those on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music. It is largely thanks to us that Kent musicians are selected to be played nationally (and then, in some cases, gone on to record sessions at Maida Vale and play at Introducing live events).

What if my track gets chosen?

If we hear one of your songs and we decide that it is worthy of a play on our weekly radio show, we will aim to let you know in advance so that you can listen and spread the word (although this is not always possible). If you submitted your music via the BBC Introducing Uploader, you will get email alerts when your tracks are listened to and played on air.

Jacob Rickard
Jacob in the BBC Kent studios in Tunbridge Wells

If your track is of a particularly high standard, it may be selected as the BBC Kent Introducing hottest record. This track has pride of place on our website and near the beginning of the show, and automatically means that your track will be played at least twice more in the following weeks. The hottest record is always a new song to the show (in other words, we've never played it before in full).

Can listeners request music?

We always play tracks on their merits and not based on the opinions of their fans. Having said this, we allow comments and suggestions via our pages on Facebook and MySpace .

We always want truly independent and honest comments, and not biased ones from people who are clearly best friends or mums and dads. By all means spread the word and get your followers to show their appreciation, but please bear in mind that no amount of pleading will influence our decision.

How else can I get involved?

We sometimes run BBC Kent Introducing live events, such as hosting stages at festivals or putting on tours to local venues. If we are particularly impressed with your music and your live performance we may select you to play at one of these events.

If you are playing at gigs around Kent, please make sure we know about them. This gives you an extra chance of being featured on our show, even if we don't play your music. Email the basic details of your upcoming gigs to kent.introducing@bbc.co.uk and we'll put them in our calendar.

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