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Re: even more format changes...
> I wouldn't go so far as to say that, but they definitely have become more
> current-intensive. They sound pretty mainstream to me (definitely compared
> to WKSS, which I would call more rhythmic)...maybe the rhythmic stuff is
> more noticeable because they never played any of it before. What a
> difference a new PD makes!
> >I'My one complaint of 80s formats is that (from sample hours I've seen
> posted..never actually heard one) they seem to lean Alternative. Granted,
> that genre was hip and new then, but there was so much other good music
> around--especially '82-'86. I hope this format doesn't become as narrow as
> the unlamented 70s format did.
Despite what one feels about the 80's alternative scene,
It is, and was a wonderful format.
It was the most innovative, and interesting, and daring
since FM Progressive rock was formed in the mid-60's by Tom Donahue, B.
Mitchell Reed and
It caught on quickly in larger markets, and more slowly in medium and smaller
It began with the Punk scene in Britain, and America simultaneously, and added
new life to
a horribly polluted corporate rock format in America. ie: Styx, Kansas,
Around 1979, with Rick Carroll's " Rock of the 80's consultancy, many AOR
had up until then played only Kansas, Styx, and Kiss, and Lynyrd Skynyrd in
added Devo, The Pistols, The Ramones, Police, and XTC, etc.
This format flourished in different Permutations throughout the 80' and mid-
now suddenly, the still hip, youngest boomers ( Myself), and MTV generation
has nothing to
because the alternative stations are now saturated with hip hop and metal
and have dropped the punk, pop, and electronica for the most part.
I say, 80's alternative is a great format, and will make a more lasting
a compromise that insists on playing Madonna, Air Supply, Poison, Great White
You may disagree, but if you want to add simple numbers to your argument,
an 80's oldies hit oldies format will die faster because soon you will have to
with the hit oldies, classic rock, and any station that uses " the best of the
80's and 90's"
in their slogans