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.

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