Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40 -- it worked well for Amp Radio in Los Angeles. It worked less well for New York’s Now FM.
I’ve long felt that “20 on 20,” SiriusXM’s new releases top 40 station, had the potential to be the most influential mainstream top 40 station in the country. Instead, “20 on 20” will sign off in a repackaging of satellite radio channels on July 17.
When Scott Shannon's nationally syndicated True Oldies Channel launched a decade ago, it was for listeners who weren't happy with the incursion of the early '70s (or beyond) into their oldies format. TOC is set to sign off at the end of the month, here's a last look and an overview of the oldies/greatest hits format today.
Not even the overwhelming surge of interest in Michael Jackson following his death in 2009 could make "This Is It" a radio hit that year. Only the adult R&B format was interested in an MOR-flavored ballad co-written by Paul Anka more than 25 years earlier. A year later, Jackson's collaborations with a handful of hot producers surfaced, but underwhelmed as well. So why does Jackson finally have a posthumous hit with another Anka song?