Appreciating Music's Living Legends
February 11, 2016

Appreciating Legends, Living And Gone

For the last few months, program directors of gold-based stations have had two sometimes contradictory challenges. The first is acknowledging the passing of legendary artists--David Bowie, Maurice White, Glenn Frey, Natalie Cole--especially when stations are rarely geared up for something that happens after hours. The other issue is how to give an artist their due without making a Classic Rock or Greatest Hits station seem constantly elegiac. And one solution lies in better "Appreciating The Living Legends of Rock & Soul."

Intriguing Stations Of 2015, Part II

Last year, a processing unit for PPM ratings encoding got more attention than any one major-market radio station, and helped cast aspersions on the ratings successes of all of them. But despite Voltair, there are station stories that can't be denied, as we continue with our look at "Intriguing Stations of 2015." There was a surprise success for Jammin' Oldies and the continued excitement about Throwback Hip-Hop (and what they say about each other). There was the near merger of Oldies/Greatest Hits and the Bob- and Jack-FM formats. There was an inspirational take on Urban AC. From El Paso to Erie, check out the "Intriguing Stations of 2015, Part II." Then send me your suggestions. 

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Radio's Best & Worst: Across The Country, Around The Globe

This week's edition of "Radio's Best & Worst" features a lot of Country radio listening in the week leading up to and around Country Radio Seminar 2016. Also, Rock AC in France. A new Adult Top 40 war. And some stations to listen to with a definite "sense of place." You can see "Radio's Best & Worst" every week by following my tweets with #RADIOBAW

Intriguing Stations Of 2015, Part I

In 2015, the most intriguing stations were heritage broadcast outlets that made unique forays into digital--especially one major group initiative from CBS Radio. CBS is among the groups finally addressing FM's lack of a skip button. At the same time, many of 2015's Most Intriguing stations were heritage outlets that reinvented themselves and continued to influence the radio landscape, among them Philly's More FM and Houston's Buzz. If you missed it last month, here are the "Intriguing Stations of 2015: Part I."
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