Monthly Archives: January 2011

radio formats

If you have any questions about a radio format, it’s probably not answered on wikipedia.

Most formats, though hard to define, are layed out pretty well, so you can tell what they are by there sound. Most of the time, wikipedia gets the format right, but there are a few stations where they may assume based on sound or slogan. The station I’m listening to right now, 96.9 the sound, is listed on wikipedia as being an AC station, probably based off of its slogan, cool classics and hot hits. Arbitron lists them as a modern AC. In reality, they might as well be listed as a classic hits/rhythmic AC/hot AC format, they play just about everything. Actually, I got this random idea of a station I would run called mix 103.3, which is probably never going to take to the air, but this station is actually pretty close. All it needs is a few more lost classics, a few more top 40 hits, and a few country tunes, and I don’t know what else. Take a listen to my IPod, that’s probably what the station would sound like. Maybe the sound should be listed under the variety pannel? The problem I see with this though is most stations listed this way are noncommercial stations, but I’m not sure if this would make a difference.

The other thing is that KQMV has shifted to more of a rhythmic contemporary direction but taken a top 40 -sounding slogan, which is all the hits. I guess there sound has changed a bit, they’ve removed some of the AC product that used to be on the playlist, but they still don’t play some pop music heard on top 40 stations, I guess what I’d call rhythmic top 40 as opposed to KUBE’s rhythmic comtemporary format. Continue reading

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music genres

Top 40 stations play what’s hot, hot AC stations play the same with a little older lean and more towards pop, rhythmic stations play HipHop and wrap songs, modern rock stations play the songs that are listed as alternative or rock, rhythmic AC stations play R and B music, AC stations play pop music from about 1980 to present, classic rock stations play the rock before that period, oldies stations play the pop from earlier than that, and country and religious stations play there respective music. If it were only that simple! The reality is is that some songs sound similar to other songs that are in another genre. Therefore the allignment given above rarely if ever works. Some songs are better suited to pop but are on a dance and house album. This happens for example with Pink, and her album funhouse. Any comments? Continue reading

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