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    What format is WKTU?

    I was in NYC over he past few days, and while listening to WKTU I started wondering what the format was. It's a CHR per Mediabase, Hot AC according to Wikipedia, and a rhythmic according to iHeartMedia themselves. But they don't seem to be either of those formats. Not that there is an exact definition of 'KTU's format, but what would you (AKA people reading this thread) consider the format of WKTU? Are there any other stations you can think of that have a similar format?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomgsinger View Post
    I was in NYC over he past few days, and while listening to WKTU I started wondering what the format was. It's a CHR per Mediabase, Hot AC according to Wikipedia, and a rhythmic according to iHeartMedia themselves. But they don't seem to be either of those formats. Not that there is an exact definition of 'KTU's format, but what would you (AKA people reading this thread) consider the format of WKTU? Are there any other stations you can think of that have a similar format?
    . I heard they were Dance at one time. Good luck with your quest.

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    When I was last in NYC 13 years ago I came across WKTU and they were playing a lot of music that had been played on their defunct sister station Jammin 105 which was Jammin Oldies. However that was also on a Saturday so don't go by what a station is playing on a Saturday to determine their normal playlist.

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    During my two days in the NYC market, I heard a mix of current pop songs, techno hits from the 90s/2K, some Hispanic radio hits, recent golds, and remixes of older songs (Don't Stop Belevin', Like a Prayer and Heaven come to mind). The era balance was extremely similar to that of a Hot AC, but the music... not so much.

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    WKTU as of today would be best described as a rhythmic hot ac. They are slower on adding new songs than sister z100 is, their powers are normally a few weeks to a month behind z100 as well, and those powers get played less often. The station is more recurrent driven than a typical chr is, but I think what makes them unable to be called an adult chr is that they do play songs from the 80s and 90s. Now, 80s songs are few and far between, they consist almost entirely of Micheal Jackson and Prince. The 90s songs are rhythmic pop, NSYNC, BSB, Britney, along with a few of the best testing crossover so called dance songs and hip pop as well.
    To sum it up, it is a very safe mass appeal station that goes after your 30s females who prefer rhythmic pop music, and protects z100 to some extent from amp radio being able to gain ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOB View Post
    WKTU as of today would be best described as a rhythmic hot ac. They are slower on adding new songs than sister z100 is, their powers are normally a few weeks to a month behind z100 as well, and those powers get played less often.
    However, BDS defines it as "Mainstream Top 40".

    The powers play in a very CHR-like 100 spins a week. However, they play only 1/3 currents, with there rest being 1/3 recurrents and 1/3 gold.

    They are likely considered CHR due to the rotations of the currents. They only have 12 current songs at over 30 weekly plays, so the list is short... but then again, some of the Clifton-consulted stations had very short current lists and were still considered CHR.
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