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Thread: Should WABC Go to Oldies on the Weekends ?

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    Should WABC Go to Oldies on the Weekends ?

    WABC ratings have not been good so was wondering if they should fill in a format not being offered in New York right now as Oldies on the weekends?

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    They make way too much money with the infomercials. So not likely.

    I think Mark Simone did a Saturday night oldies show there a long time ago, but now he's at WOR.

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    This topic was discussed, with several references to dentistry, in this forum several years ago. Is the situation at WABC more favorable to weekend oldies now than it was then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post
    This topic was discussed, with several references to dentistry, in this forum several years ago. Is the situation at WABC more favorable to weekend oldies now than it was then?
    So long as producers of paid programming are willing to pay for airtime on weekends, no. If someone interested in doing an olides show -- including all the production and ad sales -- who has enough money to pay for several hours on WABC, providing there is a slot available to buy, then it could happen. But few radio hobbyists have pockets deeper than the big-time hucksters who buy big chunks of air time or the level of commitment to producing a solid program every single week on their own for it to have much of a realistic chance.

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    WABC is more likely to go all-Dr. Lederman infomercials on weekends than all-Oldies.

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    You look at all News, Talk and News/Talk stations, weekend numbers suck big time. Even HUGE stations like WSB in Atlanta and WTOP Washington.

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    I sent a brief letter to WABC suggesting they add Oldies on the weekend...here is there e-mail if anyone wants to write them [email protected]

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    That's an idea, WABC can play oldies/deep cuts on the weekends, and rotate the usual stuff during the week.

    Two questions: What's the station's current format? Is it low or full powered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATSFGuy View Post

    Two questions: What's the station's current format? Is it low or full powered?
    You probably should have found out the answer to your question before giving a suggestion.

    WABC is a 50KW full power AM with a conservative talk format.

    As discussed earlier, the station runs paid infomercials on the weekends. So unless someone comes along willing to pay them a few million to play oldies, it won't happen. It's not out of the question. Alan Freed did it in Cleveland in the 1950s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    You probably should have found out the answer to your question before giving a suggestion.

    WABC is a 50KW full power AM with a conservative talk format.

    As discussed earlier, the station runs paid infomercials on the weekends. So unless someone comes along willing to pay them a few million to play oldies, it won't happen. It's not out of the question. Alan Freed did it in Cleveland in the 1950s.
    But with labels not interested in paying for airplay for 50-plus-year-old songs, a modern day Freed would go broke quickly, not having that dependable source of under-the-table income to support him,

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