Radio formats

  1. Ross On Radio: Who Said Alternative Is Supposed To Rock?

    April 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Guitars And "Danger" Could Help, But Shouldn't Define The Format The articles hit within a few days of each other. There was L.A. Weekly's look at how much of what alternative KROQ Los Angeles played wasn't "rock.&quo ...

  2. Ross On Radio: Intriguing Stations of 2013, Part I

    January 08, 2014 2:02 PM EST Last year was neatly bookended by a few stations that represented the year in programming. It began with  Cumulus' WNSH (Nash-FM), the station that brought country back to New York radio after more than a decade, but as the flagship of a nati ...

  3. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Cause Huge Gain in Younger Listeners For Country Radio

    March 08, 2013 8:00 AM EST Country radio is cool again for younger listeners. Attracted by an edgier, more energetic sound, listeners aged 18-34 are flocking to country stations in droves. Already radio’s dominant destination among 25-54 year-olds, country is now second o ...

  4. Ross On Radio: Songs That Missed The Banjo Boom

    January 24, 2013 7:07 PM EST The mid-'90s, when top 40 began its comeback, were dotted with hits from acts that just a few years earlier would have had trouble getting past triple A radio-Melissa Etheridge, Shawn Colvin, Dogs Eye View. But even when modern AC exploded, t ...

  5. Ross On Radio: Songs That Made A Difference In 2012

    December 20, 2012 9:45 AM EST It's not hard to find songs that made a difference at top 40 this year Left-field hits from "Too Close" to "Ho Hey" didn't just claim real estate on stations dominated by turbo-pop anthems a year ago, they also had an ...

  6. Ross On Radio: First Listen - LA's new Exitos 93.9

    December 05, 2012 7:00 AM EST Here's how you know KXOS (Exitos 93.9) Los Angeles is different-the core acts shown on its website are Maroon 5, Ke$ha, fun., David Guetta, Lady Gaga . . . and Robbie Williams. Williams' single "Candy" hasn't been released ...

  7. Ross On Radio: Keeping Top 40 From Getting Too 'Mid-Turbo'

    November 28, 2012 2:30 PM EST Not so long ago, the only tempo problem top 40 might have had was an overabundance of tempo. Now, the hits have changed considerably. So it's not crazy to ask, as we did recently, whether top 40 could become too wimpy again. The softening of ...

  8. Least-Liked Holiday Songs: Some Theories Why People Hate Beach Boys, Others So Much

    November 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST When Edison Research published a recent list of this year's least-liked holiday songs, there were a lot of questions, especially from people outside the radio business who hadn't seen other, similar research over the last decade. Edison, ...

  9. Chart Moves: Christina Perri Logs Another 'Thousand Years' On Hot 100 With Help From 'Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

    November 23, 2012 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Rihanna scores her 12th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Diamonds." What other acts shine bright on the Hot 100 and other singles charts? -- Christina Perri: As parent album "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: ...

  10. Ross On Radio: Has Top 40 Gotten Too Soft?

    November 21, 2012 9:30 AM EST Could top 40 become too wimpy again? And how would we know? Previous down cycles for the format were never hard to identify. There was less tempo. There was an abundance of AC-flavored ballads. Other hit records might be nominally uptempo but devo ...

  11. How a Slew Of New Reporters Got To Top 40

    November 07, 2012 2:00 PM EST Format booms are often propelled by a hot body of music, but they don't always start that way. CBS launched Mike Joseph¹s Hot Hits format on WCAU-FM Philadelphia in September 1981--hardly a great time for top 40 music. WCAU¹s success prompted ...

  12. Is the Rock-and-Pop-ification of Country Good or Bad? Mike Dungan, Radio Execs Weigh In

    October 23, 2012 2:38 PM EDT When the Country Music Assn. unveiled the finalists for its 46th annual awards, the list was met with numerous frowns. It had plenty of room for boundary-challenging acts, but not much space for tradition. Eric Church's "Springsteen,&quo ...

  13. Ross On Radio: The Country Single, The Pop Single, The R&B Single And The Hit Single

    October 17, 2012 3:00 PM EDT "Ross On Radio," the long-running, influential column about radio programming trends and history, has returned to Billboard! The column will appear every Monday in Billboard's "Top 40 Update" a free subscription e-mail new ...

  14. Pepe Aguilar earns Artistic Legacy Award

    October 15, 2012 6:50 AM EDT When Pepe Aguilar was 3 years old, his parents -- singer/actor Antonio Aguilar, considered one of the world's great ranchera voices, and screen siren Flor Silvestre -- handed him a microphone onstage at New York's Madison Square Garden ...

  15. Ross on Radio: The Power Of 'Now'

    October 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT "Ross On Radio," the long-running, influential column about radio programming trends and history, has returned to Billboard! The column will appear every Monday in Billboard's "Top 40 Update" a free subscription e-mail new ...

  16. How Lady Gaga, Katy Perry And Rihanna Came To Dominate Top 40 Radio

    October 02, 2012 12:19 PM EDT A pure pop boom coincides with the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's two-decade anniversary. Rihanna (left) and Katy Perry. (Photo: Getty Images) Happy birthday, Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs chart! Two decades in, the ranking co ...

  17. Ross on Radio: What Is The Best Practice For Ad Insertion? There Could Be Many

    October 01, 2012 5:30 PM EDT While Saga's recent announcement that they were giving up online ad insertion attracted a lot of press, they weren't the only broadcaster to make that decision. They were just the group that went public with the decision to run their ove ...

  18. College Radio: A Study In Success

    September 11, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Illustration by Michael Byers "It's not radio. It's college radio. There's nobody listening. Nobody. Maybe, like, three guys in a dorm somewhere." After a then-senior at Boston University Howard Stern crafted "the sin ...

  19. Merlin Media Abandons News for Music in New York and Chicago

    July 17, 2012 11:12 AM EDT Approximately a year after launching twin all-news stations on FM signals in New York and Chicago, Merlin Media has abandoned the format, changing to alternative-music programming for WEMP in New York - now "New Rock 101.9" - and adult h ...

  20. The Role of Radio Consultants: 'To Put Fear in Every Program Director's Heart' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2012 3:43 PM EDT Charlie Cook (President, McVay/Cook & Associations and Director of Programming, West Virginia Radio Corp) and Becky Brenner (VP/Consulting Partner, Albright & O'Malley Consulting) discuss the role of radio consultants at the Billboard ...

  21. Clear Channel's John Hogan Discusses Big Machine Royalty Deal at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 10:54 PM EDT Clear Channel Media & Entertainment chairman/CEO John Hogan speaks with Billboard's Wade Jessen about the company's landmark royalty deal with Big Machine at the Billboard Country Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) On the day his company ...

  22. Perez Hilton, Billy Bush, Mario Lopez Lock Horns With Competing Nighttime Radio Shows

    May 14, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Depending on what city they live in, fans of nighttime radio and entertainment news could soon be able to choose between three shows featuring hosts from the world of syndicated television and celebrity gossip. Joining Dial Global's syndicate ...

  23. Australia Cuts Funding For Radio Broadcasters

    May 11, 2012 7:12 AM EDT Australia's independent music community is poring over a federal budget which contains some real surprises, not the least a particularly sour note for the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. There's a financial boost for music indust ...

  24. KISS-FM/WBLS Merger Makes Way For FM Sports In New York

    April 27, 2012 9:10 AM EDT The urban radio landscape in New York had a major shakeup Thursday (April 26) when Emmis Communications announced that Urban AC WRKS (98.7 Kiss FM) was going to become the FM home for ESPN all-sports WEPN-AM (ESPN New York) as part of a long-term ...

  25. SBS Flips Miami's Clasica To Zalsa y Mas!

    April 03, 2012 1:19 PM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) has flipped its longstanding oldies Miami station, Clásica 92.3 FM, to Z 92, Zalsa y Más! (92.3 FM) Don't miss the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, presented by State Farm taking place April 23- ...

  26. Country Radio 'Has to Change': The Takeaway From CRS 2012

    February 28, 2012 6:30 AM EST Historically, new technologies have frequently been used to replace people in the workplace. But if country radio wants to successfully weather a difficult transitional decade, the medium will need to come to grips with new tech while maintaining ...

  27. Billboard Power 100: Dan Mason

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 22 Dan Mason President/CEO CBS Radio Twitter: @CBSRadio Focusing The Eye... Mason, who returned to CBS Radio's top office in 2007 after serving in that role from 1995 to 2002, oversees all aspects of the company's 130 stations. Upon ...

  28. This Week in Billboard History: First Openly Gay Comedy Album Released; Is Rock Dead?

    January 24, 2012 2:30 PM EST Even before the Beatles backlash, radio programmers were resistant to "raucous" rock and roll preferring to play anodyne "sweeter, swinging sounds." - 1960: Will Rock & Roll Be Replaced by "Sensible Programming"? ...

  29. Clear Channel Rebrands With New Name

    January 13, 2012 7:39 PM EST Radio giant Clear Channel Communications has changed its name to Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, Radio Info reported . The company says the new name will better reflect the different ways the company delivers content to its listeners in t ...

  30. How An All-Christmas-Music Format Doubles Radio Ratings

    December 06, 2011 9:05 AM EST More and more radio channels have been switching their formats to all Christmas, all the time -- a consistent winner for radio even during a brutal 2008-2009 revenue downturn, which ended last year when the U.S. radio industry took in $20.1 billio ...

  31. Michael Buble's Cover of Mariah Carey's Christmas Song Tops AC Chart -- Which Mariah's Original Never Did

    November 28, 2011 3:59 PM EST Michael Buble's cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" does what the original never did: it reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart. The remake bounds 10-1 in its third week o ...

  32. Radio Remains Strong Among Hispanic Listeners Even as Habits Change, Study Says

    November 16, 2011 2:45 PM EST Radio's reach among U.S. Hispanics remains unequivocally strong, according to the 2011 edition of Arbitron's "Hispanic Radio Today" study, released this week, with Hispanic listeners tuning into both Spanish and English languag ...

  33. Clear Channel Announces New Brand Management Team

    November 03, 2011 11:47 AM EDT In the wake of last week's layoffs, Clear Channel continues to lay out its national programming strategy with the announcement of a new Brand Management Team, which includes a Brand Manager and Brand Coordinator who will serve as "in-hou ...

  34. Clear Channel Layoffs Aren't Just About Cost-Cutting

    October 31, 2011 5:06 PM EDT Last week Clear Channel made personnel cuts at many of its smaller and medium market stations across the country. The cuts were primarily centered on programming personnel as the company unveils a new strategy of focusing on more nationally and re ...

  35. Fresh Faces Lend Newfound Vitality to Regional Mexican

    September 01, 2011 7:50 AM EDT While mostly familiar faces continue to dominate Latin pop, tropical and urban music, regional Mexican has been a dynamic genre buoyed by new acts. Consider the finalists for Billboard's inaugural Regional Mexican Music Awards, who are led ...

  36. Eric Church, Zac Brown Bringing 'Authentic Country' to Charts -- Will Others Follow?

    August 09, 2011 12:45 PM EDT A thoughtful look at Billboard's country charts might suggest there's a storm brewing. On the Country Songs chart dated Aug. 13, Zac Brown Band earned its sixth straight No. 1 single -- a feat no group has accomplished since Restless Hea ...

  37. 50 Years of Adult Contemporary: From Johnny Mathis to Elton John, From Celine Dion to Bruno Mars

    July 19, 2011 2:29 PM EDT "I was on my way to an airport," said Richard Marx , "flipping the dial. I was like, 'Awesome, it's the new single!'" At a June 23 performance at Clear Channel's P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York, M ...

  38. Better Know a Panelist: Julie Talbott of Premiere Radio @ BB Country Music Summit

    May 26, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Julie Talbott is president, content and affiliate relations, for Premiere Radio Networks, a position she has held sine 2009. Talbott leads the operation of Premiere's 90 radio programs and services, and more than 5,000 radio affiliations, whi ...

  39. Mspot's Radio Spotter Adds New Features Into Cloud Locker

    May 26, 2011 12:31 PM EDT The real value of the cloud for music isn't simply being able to stream music from online storage locker to multiple devices. That's the initial selling point, but it's only a doorway to additional services. Mspot , which launched i ...

  40. Lady Gaga to Ma Rainey: 'Women Who Rock' Exhibition Opens Today at Rock Hall

    May 13, 2011 7:40 AM EDT CLEVELAND - When Wanda Jackson was a girl with a gravelly voice who opened for Elvis Presley in the 1950s, nobody had ever heard a woman sing like that before. By then, Presley was already gyrating his way to superstardom. But Jackson - called the ...

  41. Jelli Crowdsourced Programming to Takeover Two Las Vegas Radio Stations

    May 05, 2011 2:04 PM EDT Two radio stations in Las Vegas are converting their entire programming over to Jelli, an online radio programming social game of sorts that has over the years increasingly blurred the lines between Internet and terrestrial radio programming. The ...

  42. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Exclusive Interview with DJ Barry Scott

    March 08, 2011 12:52 PM EST DJ Barry Scott, celebrates 25 years as host of "The Lost 45s" radio show In an era of tight playlists, there is little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott ...

  43. Regional Mexican, Pop Dominate U.S. Latin Radio: Arbitron Report

    February 07, 2011 10:57 AM EST With 300 stations across the country, Regional Mexican continues to be by far the strongest format among Hispanic listeners across the board, according to Arbitron's newly released "Hispanic Radio Today -- 2010 Edition." The study, ...

  44. Americana Awards Celebrate Legacy Of Wanda Jackson

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wanda Jackson had no idea the influence she would have on future rock 'n' roll women when she carved a sharp, distinctive line across the heartwood of the new genre back in the 1950s and '60s. The rockabilly queen with the knockout ...

  45. BBC Radio 2 Told To Reach Older Audience

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST A BBC Trust review has concluded that U.K. national AC network Radio 2 needs to be more distinctive and should offer more content for the over-65s. The review found that the station was highly regarded by audiences but should use its scale to be m ...

  46. Radio Embraces 'Posting' System

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Posting, a practice formerly shunned by the radio industry is finally taking hold. A year after Radio One instituted a scheduling and verification system in Houston, the radio group has decided to roll out posting to the rest of its 52 stations in ...

  47. AIM Members Urge BBC To Back Indies

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A vote of the AIM membership has approved a proposal for the U.K. independent music companies' trade body to lobby the BBC to play a wider range of independent music on national top 40 station Radio 1 and AC network Radio 2. The proposal won ...

  48. A Bittersweet Adios For WNUA

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After several days of rumors, change has indeed come to Clear Channel's WNUA/Chicago, which dropped smooth jazz after 22 years and flipped to what is being billed as "Spanish Hot AC" as "Mega 95.5." The news broke late Thu ...

  49. Future of Music Coalition Reports Grim Airplay Data

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition has released a report detailing the grim state of indie airplay on commercial radio stations. The data, drawn from Mediaguide playlists for seven specific music formats (AC, Urban AC, Active Rock, Country, CHR Pop, Tr ...

  50. NAB, SoundExchange Agree On Streaming

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and SoundExchange announced Monday (Feb. 16) an agreement on Internet streaming rates for local radio stations that simulcast programming over the Internet or that create new stand-alone Internet stat ...

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