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    The one thing that all of those call letters have in common is that none of them are playing music any more. That isn't going to change.

    There's a reason why music moved to FM, and there's no good reason for it to move back.

    There are lots of small oldies stations in the places that surround NYC, where most of the boomers have gone to retire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevtronics View Post
    WABC is more likely to go all-Dr. Lederman infomercials on weekends than all-Oldies.
    Maybe, Lederman can host the oldies show and also talk about his cancer patients The cancer patients bring you down and the oldiest lift you up!

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    I may have missed the mention of WKBW on that list of most-listened-to stations in the country. If so, my error.

    'KB is now, of course, a music-free zone like all the big AM signals are. Plus, they themselves tried Oldies a decade or so ago, and wound up with ratings around the neighbourhood of 0.7 despite the huge signal.

    In any case, WABC isn't going back to Oldies. We'll hear Oldies on WBBR or WMCA or WINS before we hear them on WABC. Oldies on AM has joined once-frenzied things on the attrition list.... hula hoops, saddle shoes, Thom McAn Duke shoes, slam-dancing, juke boxes, Garrison belts, etc.

    Moreover, any Oldies fare resuscitated on AM would be the same-old same old dog-eared playlist. Oldies/'classic hits' stations tossed that demo on *FM* quite some time back.

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    Internet radio is your best bet if you want oldies. Pop Gold Radio and Rewound Radio are two excellent stations with deep playlists and specialty programs. There are other internet stations as well. There are several oldies stations on SiriusXM if you have a subscription to that service.

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    WABC's programming includes plenty of oldies already.
    Plugged into the electric radio

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    True and how would you define oldies as we head into the 2020's though. The playlists are not going to AM though its going to be on Internet Radio, Satellite and whoever is leftover on FM radio though. The Oldies Playlists would have to be 1980's to 2001 approximately? and this is beyond what the OP has in mind for airing Oldies for WABC-AM though given that their playlists were in 1960's to 1982 though.

    Even KRTH Los Angeles had to include some 1980's and 1990's playlists in their Oldies format to lower the median demos though in that market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioPatrol View Post
    True and how would you define oldies as we head into the 2020's though. The playlists are not going to AM though its going to be on Internet Radio, Satellite and whoever is leftover on FM radio though. The Oldies Playlists would have to be 1980's to 2001 approximately? and this is beyond what the OP has in mind for airing Oldies for WABC-AM though given that their playlists were in 1960's to 1982 though.

    Even KRTH Los Angeles had to include some 1980's and 1990's playlists in their Oldies format to lower the median demos though in that market.
    At the present time, "oldies" is defined in the industry as being pop music with a 60's core, with or without earlier 70's and late 50's.

    Anything that excludes the 60's and early 70's is now thought to be "classic hits".

    KRTH has updated frequently in the last decade and a half, gradually killing all 60's songs, then removing most of the early 70s while expaning in the 80's and early 90's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioPatrol View Post
    True and how would you define oldies as we head into the 2020's though. The playlists are not going to AM though its going to be on Internet Radio, Satellite and whoever is leftover on FM radio though. The Oldies Playlists would have to be 1980's to 2001 approximately? and this is beyond what the OP has in mind for airing Oldies for WABC-AM though given that their playlists were in 1960's to 1982 though.

    Even KRTH Los Angeles had to include some 1980's and 1990's playlists in their Oldies format to lower the median demos though in that market.
    KLUV in Dallas too. In fact, I'd say a very sizeable portion of Classic Hitters have added the 90s by now or will be very soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LibertyNT View Post
    KLUV in Dallas too. In fact, I'd say a very sizeable portion of Classic Hitters have added the 90s by now or will be very soon.
    WHCN Hartford, a classic rock/classic hits hybrid, generally plays one or two '90s tracks an hour, most recently Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away" and Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." Nickelback's 2002 "Someday" has gotten a spin today as well, so maybe it's time for the new millennium's first hits to become "classics." Otherwise, the playlist is late '70s/'80s-dominated -- but good old "Brown Eyed Girl" rocks on at the ripe old age of 52!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kemosabe View Post

    WABC's programming includes plenty of oldies already.
    LOL!

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