Wednesday, December 13, 2006

(Terrestrial) Radio Is Killing Music (via Orbitcast)

Radio is Killing Music
Dec 13, via www.orbitcast.com

February 5, 1996 - New York City loses country music when WYNY changes formats (it was resurrected as Y-107 in the surrounding areas, only to be killed off again on May 7, 2002).
May 11, 2005 - San Francisco loses country music when KZBR changes formats.
June 3, 2005 - New York's WCBS-FM, an oldies-based station for over three decades, abruptly switches to the Jack FM format. No more oldies on New York's FM dial.
On the same day - WJMK in Chicago also switches to Jack FM, leaving no oldies for Chicago either.
August 17, 2006 - Los Angeles' KZLA switches formats to Adult Contemporary, leaving L.A. with no country music stations.
December, 2006 - Washington D.C.'s 60-year-old classical music station, WGMS, is set to be acquired and turned into a Redskins based sports-talk format station - marking the end of classical music in the Washington D.C. area.

It's an ongoing theme that we're seeing over and over again. Regular radio continues to kill off music genres one at a time, leaving those areas devoid of any way of discovering new music. Commercial classical music stations have dropped from 40 stations in 1998, to only 27 - nationwide - a number that goes from surprising, to really surprising...read more: here

12/13/2006 04:43:00 PM

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