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Fresh Listen: Revolution 93.5 Miami

It’s better now, but there was a period, several years ago, where South Florida radio was losing the one thing you could generally count on it for—sense of place. Miami radio was often deliberately low-key presentationally; the excitement came from hearing a lot of new music, a lot of local hits, and, yes, dance music. And for a minute, South Flori...Read More

WIXX Green Bay Celebrates Forty Years: Throwback Listen, 1984 . . . Fresh Listen, Now

I don’t have any tape of WIXX Green Bay, Wis., as Top 40 “Rock 101” in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s. I didn’t need to. I could hear WIQB (Rock 103) Ann Arbor, Mich., which was briefly, and less successfully, running the same TM Stereo Rock automated format. Stereo Rock, widespread in that era, was the least hip distillation of the format, and it was re...Read More

When Not to Like Music; When to Like It Again

I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to like “You Light Up My Life.” When I first encountered Debby Boone’s soon-to-be hit in the late summer of 1977, it was just sort of moody and interesting. It was of a piece with the similarly earnest “Just Remember I Love You” by Firefall or “Sometimes When We Touch” by Dan Hill, and any of the other unavoidable MO...Read More

Def Leppard and EDM at Adult Contemporary, Beyoncé at CHR: A Dialogue With Matt DelSignore

“Hi, Sean! A few radio-related items have been on my mind, so I thought I’d send them along to get your take. Maybe fodder for future columns?” So began the e-mail from reader Matt DelSignore. I came to know Matt as a reporter for the former all-news station WNEW Washington, D.C., when it became clear he followed music radio as closely as any...Read More

Fresh Listen: Happy Birthday, Bob FM

When CFWM (99.9 Bob FM) Winnipeg debuted just over 15 years ago, (on March 4, 2002): Classic Rock was still focused on its first generation of artists, and considered the Boston-to-Bon-Jovi era to be a secondary trifle, at best. Pushing into the ‘90s wasn’t even a consideration; those songs were still recent gold for Alternative and Active Rock rad...Read More

Number Two For New Music . . . And What To Do About It

It was a trend that had been years in the offing, but it was still shocking when the numbers hit the screen as part of the 2017 edition of Edison Research’s “The Infinite Dial.” Among those respondents who said it was “very important” or “somewhat important” to keep up-to-date with music, broadcast radio had fallen out of its first-place tie as a s...Read More

First Listen: WXAJ (99.7 The Mix) Springfield IL

It was a familiar headline from CHR doldrums past. The market’s second Mainstream CHR segues to Adult CHR, promising “the best variety of music from the ‘90s, 2K and today.” Often the next step is that the only remaining Top 40 eventually switches formats, too. But on WXAJ (99.7 the Mix) Springfield, Ill., the ‘90s part of the equation isn’t Matchb...Read More

Fresh Listen: Alexa’s Favorite “Light FM”

It began with a discussion between Edison Research colleague Larry Rosin and his Amazon Echo. He asked Alexa to play “Lite FM.” She said, “Playing ‘Lite FM’ on TuneIn.” And this is the station she gave him. Light FM Beirut began, I now know from the station site, as a hobbyist station in 1989. “Throughout the years, more and more listeners started ...Read More

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