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July 24th, 2008

Broadcasters frequently use music as a transition between scenes or segments in radio programs, newscasts, television shows, and podcasts. Known as bumper music, this type of music signals a change in programming and prepares audiences to receive new information. "Bumper music" is often used interchangeably with the term "stingers". Both of these types of music have a comparable sound and are used in similar ways. However, the two forms of music actually differ in length: bumper music is generally thirty seconds to a minute long whereas stingers only last a few seconds.

Whether you realize it or not, you have heard bumper music in countless TV shows, news programs, podcasts, and radio broadcasts throughout your life. Whenever you listen to a nationally syndicated radio program such as the Tom Joyner Morning Show or the Dave Ramsey Show, you hear short pieces of music before and after commercial breaks. Because commercials are tailored to local markets, this bumper music gives local stations an opportunity to cue commercials and rejoin the syndicated broadcast, eliminating dead air time.

The TV series Seinfeld produced perhaps the most recognizable bumper music of all time. Each scene was separated by a snippet of the program's catchy theme music, creating smooth transitions between multiple story lines involving different characters in unrelated situations. Remember the "Soup Nazi" episode? Bumper music separated the scenes depicting George and Jerry's mishaps at the soup stand from ones involving Elaine and her new armoire.

Bumper music is an extremely important aspect of broadcasting. Without it, radio broadcasters would be forced to air moments of silence between syndicated programming and commercial breaks, which may cause some listeners to switch stations. TV producers also find bumper music vital because it allows them to connect unrelated scenes and characters, creating more interesting storylines to keep viewers interested. has a large catalog of bumper music to meet all of your project needs. " Bumpers, Stingers, Intros, and Exits " is a diverse bumper music library that can be used in a wide range of projects, including newscasts, films, documentaries, TV shows and radio broadcasts. This collection features bumper music performed in a variety of musical styles, including jazz, new age, world, and electronica. If your programming is a little more edgy, check out " Hard Rock Bumpers & Transitions ". Filled with full-throttle rock sounds, this album can be used to create bold transitions between programming about sports, video games, music, and more. " Electric Guitar Elements " and " Percussion Elements " offer a simpler take on bumper music. With straightforward single instrument clips in varying musical styles such as blues, pop, country, hard rock, and jazz, these two albums provide ideal bumper music for documentaries, newscasts, and other informative broadcasts.

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