KBAY/San Jose Becomes Classic Hits ''Bay FM'
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    Arrow KBAY/San Jose Becomes Classic Hits ''Bay FM'

    http://news.radio-online.com/cgi-bin...line_id=n33674

    Here's a format flip for KBAY-FM classic hits station from 1970's to 1990's. Thats the playlist here.

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    Renel in for Mornings??

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    Launch here...
    https://soundcloud.com/walter-huber/kbaytobay
    The overall sound is what I had imagined it would be. Jingles aren't the greatest. Would have been better to get that K-HITS package from Reelworld. Seems like that would have matched the voice imaging better.

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    Kind of thought they would kick off commercial free but guess not.

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    It sounds like the last incarnation of Big 103.7 with just maybe more 90's.
    http://natedoggsairchecks.weebly.com/

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    Been sampling Bay FM and it just seems like the same stuff. Rinse, repeat.
    And by same stuff, I mean nothing special.

    I wish them luck though.
    I got out of the business before it sucked the life out of me.
    Now I just play radio online at www.allthebestoldies.com.

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    You'd think in Markets #4 and #36, there's room for a Classic Hits station. Especially since the format performs so well in NYC (WCBS-FM), LA (KRTH), Dallas (KLUV), Philadelphia (WOGL), etc. Chicago even has competing Classic Hits stations, owned by Cumulus (WLS-FM) and CBS (WJMK). On the other hand, there are no Classic Hits stations in some large markets, such as Washington or Atlanta. In Boston, WROR usually leads the market. It is identified as Classic Hits. But it's really a pop-oriented Classic Rock station, playing AC/DC and Zeppelin but not Michael Jackson or Madonna.

    In the last few years, several owners have tried Classic Hits in SF and gave up, CBS 106.9 KFRC and iHeart 103.7 KOSF. I suppose the theory is make KBAY a Classic Hits station, and if it can do a bit better in the San Francisco market, it will make more money. That might be better than keeping KBAY as an AC station serving San Jose, but not getting many listeners in SF, since those listeners can hear KOIT and KISQ better than KBAY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg. View Post

    I suppose the theory is make KBAY a Classic Hits station, and if it can do a bit better in the San Francisco market, it will make more money.
    It may be easier to appeal to local advertisers in San Jose than attempting to reach agencies in San Francisco. Very similar to country.

    Country music can make a lot of money as a local format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg. View Post
    You'd think in Markets #4 and #36, there's room for a Classic Hits station. Especially since the format performs so well in NYC (WCBS-FM), LA (KRTH), Dallas (KLUV), Philadelphia (WOGL), etc. Chicago even has competing Classic Hits stations, owned by Cumulus (WLS-FM) and CBS (WJMK). On the other hand, there are no Classic Hits stations in some large markets, such as Washington or Atlanta. In Boston, WROR usually leads the market. It is identified as Classic Hits. But it's really a pop-oriented Classic Rock station, playing AC/DC and Zeppelin but not Michael Jackson or Madonna.

    In the last few years, several owners have tried Classic Hits in SF and gave up, CBS 106.9 KFRC and iHeart 103.7 KOSF. I suppose the theory is make KBAY a Classic Hits station, and if it can do a bit better in the San Francisco market, it will make more money. That might be better than keeping KBAY as an AC station serving San Jose, but not getting many listeners in SF, since those listeners can hear KOIT and KISQ better than KBAY.
    I've never thought of 94.5 as a "Bay Area" station. Always been a great South Bay station though. I agree, if they're going to make money with the format, it will be in San Jose, not San Francisco.| Car radio listening aside, the station is difficult to get north of San Mateo but this isn't anything new.
    I got out of the business before it sucked the life out of me.
    Now I just play radio online at www.allthebestoldies.com.

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    I'm the station a shot. I think they might have done themselves in by changing the name. If they had kept the "legendary" K-Bay brand it might have been okay. Anyone remember B94.5? (are there any airchecks of that 2002 era?) While this station doesn't have an HD channel, if they did, I could imagine a rebroadcast of sister station KKIQ or a jockless version of the old AC format on KBAY HD2.
    I'm interested on who will join Jona Denz-Hamilton on the dj lineup on the 9th.

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