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What I Learned Scheduling Hot AC

Over the last decade, I’ve mostly scheduled Classic Hits stations. I was excited when an opportunity to fill in at a Hot AC for a few months came along. Readers know I’ve been critical of…

First Listen: Country Hits Radio

Country radio is a puzzle at the moment for a lot of U.S. programmers. “New Country” is still the dominant positioner, but there’s a clear lack of excitement among listeners and broadcasters…

Fresh Listen: WGRR and WRIT

I’ve devoted a lot of column inches to those Classic Hits stations that are aggressively pushing into the ‘90s and 2000s—WCBS-FM New York, KRTH (K-Earth 101) Los Angeles, and especially KOLA…

First Listen: WLLZ vs.WCSX

The old WLLZ Detroit was a supernova. That played Aldo Nova. Launched in 1980 from the template of the also phenomenal KWK St. Louis, “Detroit’s new Wheels” lasted until the mid-‘90s but…

Fresh Listen – BBC Radio 2

When I tuned in to BBC Radio 2 a few weeks ago, having read in the U.K. trade Music Week about recent music changes meant to contemporize the station, the midday topic with Jeremy Vine…

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