The following is a tutorial from Slacker staff in the slacker forum - part 1 Creating your own station, at least initially can be a very simple process. Only a few things are required to get started. For the purposes of this guide, we will use a station created using these steps. 1. Once logged in to either the Slacker web site or the Software Player, click the "Create Station" button underneath the Heart/Ban buttons. This will bring up the Station Creator. The default tab for a new station will be "Add Artists". 2. Begin by typing the name of an artist you would like to hear play on your station. This artist must be searchable (ie. Slacker staff have entered this artist into our database and have had other similar artists associated with them.) For our example station, our first artist will be Aerosmith. Once the artist name has been typed in, press the "Add" button to the right of the artist name. The artist name should then be listed in the "Artist playing on this station" list on the right of the Station Creator window. * If the artist is not found in our database, Slacker will suggest several artists that similarly match the name you typed in, and display them below the name you typed in. You will need to click either the artist name or the "Add>" button beside the artist name to add them into the station. 3. Slacker will now display a list of artists related to the one you selected. (In our example station, Slacker listed Van Halen, Ted Nugent and AC/DC as the top artists related to Aerosmith.) At this point, there are several things you can do: a. You can type in another artist into the search bar to search another artist. b. You can browse through the list of names of related artists to add them to your station. Clicking on the "Add>" button will add the artist to the station. Clicking on the artist name will add them to the station and bring up a list of related artists to the one you clicked on. (In our example, we clicked the "Add>" button next to Van Halen, and then clicked on the name "AC/DC" to bring up their list of artists, which brought up Aerosmith, Great White, and Blue Oyster Cult as the top related artists.) c. You can click on the "Add 20>" button at the bottom of the search results to add the top 20 artists not already selected to the list. (For our example, we clicked the "Add 20>" to add 20 more artists.) NOTE: Any artist already added to the list will show up as yellow in the search results, and will not be included in the "Add 20>" selection. (Since we had already added Aerosmith, AC/DC, and Van Halen, Slacker added the next top 20 artists, #3-13 and #15-23.) NOTE: A station must contain at least 15 artists to reasonably be able to guarantee that the station will not play any other artists other than those listed in the station will not play. This is not an absolute guarantee, merely a common benchmark most station must meet. If less than 15 artists are added, Slacker will fill in at least that many with related artists. (At this point, you could continue customizing the station by selecting the tabs at the top to further customize the station. Since we will be talking about each of these tabs in turn, for the tutorial purposes, we will not.) The last thing absolutely needed to create your station is to click the "Save As.." button at the bottom of the Station Creator window. This will pop up a "Name Your Station" box, where you can give your station any name you want. (For our example, we're calling our station "Custom Station Tutorial 1" as we'll be making a few of them for each part of this tutorial.) Once you have named your station, click "Save" in the pop up window. Congratulations! Your custom station has now been created and is ready for listening. You can now listen to your station if you like.