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Thread: The Next Generation of Classic Rock

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    The changes at The Fox's sister station station WKJY 98.3 (as mentioned above) seem odd. Apparently its 2 personalities broadcast from 6 am-2 pm. The station seems to be automated from 2-5 PM, and then broadcasts the syndicated John Tesh Show from 5-10 pm. Of course it then goes automated after 10 pm.
    So there are no local personalities after 2 pm on weekdays. If a station only has two dj's, why wouldn't they have one of them on during afternoon drive? Tesh could then be moved to evenings.
    Another thing I noticed about the station is that despite the imaging indicating it is a soft a/c, ("Relax') the only significant change in the music, as far as I can tell, is that now some 70's songs are being played. Musically, it still seems to be a regular A/C.

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    Plus WKJY and WBZO are the two holdouts who do not broadcast in HD. I sent WBZO an email about HD a year ago and they gave me the tag line that they are looking into it.

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    There is a decent amount of alternative product included in 95.9's playlist, even some recent material.

    The playlist reminds me of 93.3 WMMR to an extent.

    Overall, a much better variety than the garbage Fault 92.3 plays.

  4. #14
    One more thought - this isn't what I would dub a "Next Gen" classic rock station. It's a predominantly 90's & 00's focused Mainstream Rock station that plays some recurrents but not any currents.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by MarkW View Post
    There is a decent amount of alternative product included in 95.9's playlist, even some recent material.

    The playlist reminds me of 93.3 WMMR to an extent.

    Overall, a much better variety than the garbage Fault 92.3 plays.
    What, you do not like hearing "Panic! At The Disco, High Hopes" on 92.3 every hour?

    I can't listen to 92.3 anymore. Every time I turn it on for months now it is that same song. If I tune back in later it is on again. I always wonder if they are getting paid to play that one song over and over again. I do not believe I have ever heard one song played so much on a station in my life time than that.

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    There are a few markets, San Diego and Detroit come to mind, that are trying "Next Generation of Classic Rock." But I think you have to be in a market that really loves rock to give it a try. I'm not sure Fairfield County is such a place.

    The reason the 2019 version of Classic Rock still covers The Beatles to the 90s, is that as we grew up, most rock stations played plenty of library rock, even in the 1980s and 90s. So even if today you are in your 50s, 40s, even 30s, your rock station as you were growing up was likely playing The Stones, Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd and The Beatles, both together and as individual artists, alongside contemporary acts, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Elton John, Heart, Tom Petty, etc. However, if you preferred Top 40, Country, Urban or similar formats, your station would rarely play something more than a few years old. Those formats were much more driven by new releases.

    This is why the rock artists of the 1960s and 70s are still getting played 50-60 years after their songs were released. You were exposed to more library material than if you were listening to Top 40, Country or Urban stations. I suppose sometime in the 1990s, rock stations became specialized and stopped playing a wide variety of rock hits. You no longer got James Taylor, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Sting and Human League on the same station. It split between Active Rock, Alternative Rock and Classic Rock.

    Classic Rock still works surprisingly well, even in the 18-49 and sometimes in the 18-34 demos. I suppose some 60s and 70s titles are getting deleted and 90s titles are getting added. But the urgency isn't the same as on AC and Classic Hits stations to keep revising the playlist, where each year the songs that appeal to listeners hitting 54 get moved out and a new block of songs that appeal to someone reaching 25 get moved in.
    Last edited by Gregg.; 05-22-2019 at 01:51 PM.

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