The wazee music database started out an idea in the mind of Howard, the owner, operator, and generally supreme being behind radio.wazee. Some time around June 2003 he put up a post in the good 'ole wazee.forum asking for someone to whip up a program to let artists upload their material to the station, and maybe have those uploads show up on the website somewhere for download too.
Enter me, then a just-finishing sophomore year in HS professional script kiddy who had only recently found the light of radio.wazee. I had found myself several pages deep in the shoutcast listings one night in my quest for alternative internet radio that didn't suck, and had been dabbling around in the wazee forums since. When I came across Howard's thread requesting a WMD, I jumped at the opportunity to write some code for wazee. I'd been a listener for awhile and wanted to participate in the listener-supportedness of the wazee community, but I wasn't old enough to do paypal, so I thought I'd contribute my time instead. Plus, it would be my chance to help deserving artists use the internet to their advantage while finally putting to good use the "I can write HTML, d00d!" skills I had been so proud of as a middle schooler. I threw up a reply saying I'd be happy to do it.
Over the summer I wrote scripts upon scripts, consulted with Grexican about picky implementation details (we both thought we could design a better database structure), and watched Star Trek: Voyager. By late August I had a mostly functional system that supported artists posting, editing, and removing their bios, albums, images, and of course MP3 uploads. It first appeared on an official wazee server in early September 2003, even uglier than it is now, still a bit buggy, and basically not integrated with the rest of the site.
The WMD's about a year and a half old now. It may not be a gigantic music site, but it has surpassed any expectations I ever had for it. Since it's been online, it's changed the sound of radio.wazee's broadcast with about a hundred submissions that have been accepted into the wazee playlist. It's provided over 100,000 free mp3 downloads, and become more popular than the wazee.forum.
How are the ratings calculated?
Each song in the Wazee Music Database can receive a numerical rating based on a combination of the number of forum users who have rated a song, the average of all the ratings for that song, and the average of all ratings across the entire database. This method is used rather than a simple calculation of the average of all ratings cast because we find that it provides a more accurate representation of what songs the majority likes.
The algorithm is the same one used by the IMDb in calculating their top movies lists. The specific formula appears at the bottom of that IMDb page.
The download counts that appear on the wazee homepage, and any data marked "this week" represent a rolling 7-day sampling, not a Sunday-Sunday sampling or a sampling from any other fixed interval.
Artists and visitors can contact Mike Baynton through the contact form at this link for questions, comments, and difficulties related to the Wazee Music Database. Artists having trouble creating their entries may want to take a look at the FAQ too.
To get your music played on wazee, check out our airplay page.
The person behind the Wazee Music Database is not the same person behind the rest of the station's operations, so if your message is not regarding the WMD, send it directly to radio.wazee with the form or post it in the wazee.forum.