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Adult Standards is a North American radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... [[Amplitude modulation]] (AM) is a technique used in electronic communication, most commonly for transmitting information via a carrier wave wirelessly. ... Frequency modulation (FM) is a form of modulation which represents information as variations in the instantaneous frequency of a carrier wave. ...


Adult Standards is aimed at "mature" adults, meaning mainly those 50 and older, often considerably older. It is primarily on AM because market research reveals that only persons in that age group listen to music on AM in sizable numbers. Adult Standards first became a popular format in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a way to reach mature adults who came of age before the rock era but were perhaps too mature for adult contemporary radio or too young for beautiful music. A typical Adult Standards playlist typically includes big band music, particularly from the 1930s and 1940s, popular music standards by artists such as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and some "easy listening" numbers from Roger Whittaker and others. Younger artists who record in a similar style, such as Harry Connick, Jr., may be played as well; some stations will occasionally include former old-time radio series programs such as Fibber McGee & Molly or I Love a Mystery as a change of pace. Many Adult Standards stations air "When Radio Was," a daily old-time radio retrospective currently hosted by Chuck Schaden. Market research is the process of systematic gathering, recording and analyzing of data about customers, competitors and the market. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Beautiful music (sometimes abbreviated as BM / EZ) is a mostly-instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the 1960s through the 1980s. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from 1935 until the late 1940s. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and Academy Award-winning actor, often cited as the finest male American popular song vocalist of the 20th century. ... For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... Roger Whittaker (born March 22, 1936 in Nairobi, Kenya) is a British singer/songwriter and musician with worldwide record sales of more than 55 million. ... Harry Connick, Jr. ... Ad for an Atwater Kent radio receiver in the Ladies Home Journal (September, 1926) Old-Time Radio (OTR) and the Golden Age of Radio are phrases used to refer to radio programs (audio theater) mainly broadcast, in the USA, during the 1920s through the late 1950s. ... Jim and Marian Jordan, aka Fibber McGee and Molly Fibber McGee and Molly was a long-running comedy program on United States radio which played a major role in determining the form of what is now called old-time radio, and also a major role in defining American culture of... I Love A Mystery was an old-time radio program that ran from January, 1939 to December 1944 on NBC. Following its cancellation the show show was revived, and ran from 1949 to 1952. ... When Radio Was is a syndicated radio program that re-airs old-time radio programs. ... Chuck Schaden, born June 29, 1934, is a Chicago-area broadcaster and historian who has hosted the program Those Were the Days on local radio since 1970. ...


At one time there were several hundred such stations; today, due to changing demographics and the death of many long-time loyal listeners, there are probably only about 200. Many of those stations that do remain have attempted to update their sound to appeal to younger listeners by moving away from big-band music and other pre-1960 material and into soft adult contemporary territory. Only about a handful of Adult Standards stations today are live and locally programmed around-the-clock; many have affiliated with nationally distributed satellite formats to cut costs, as due to advertiser perceptions about the audiences these stations primarily target, a large number of Adult Standards stations have trouble selling airtime to advertisers and are therefore unprofitable. For example, KIXI 880 AM, serving the Seattle market, terminated its local airstaff to affiliate with the Music of Your Life network. Many others have simply dumped the format altogether. Among the stations which once played Adult Standards but dropped the format for talk, sports, or something else seemingly more profitable include WQEW New York, XETRA-AM in Tijuana, KLAC Los Angeles, WXKS Boston, KABL San Francisco, WSAI Cincinnati, KCTC Sacramento and KPOP San Diego. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... KIXI is an AM station licensed to Mercer Island-Seattle, Washington on the frequency of 880 kHz. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Music of Your Life is a satellite network featuring the Adult Standards radio format. ... WQEW 1560 AM is a Radio Disney affiliate. ... XETRA-AM are the call letters of a border-blaster radio station licensed to the Tijuana / Rosarito area of Baja California, Mexico, with additional studio facilities in Burbank, California. ... Tijuana (Spanish [tixwana], English usually [ËŒtiːəˈwÉ‘nÉ™]), is the largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California and the seat of the municipality of Tijuana of which the current municipal president is Jorge Hank Rhon of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). ... KLAC AM 570 is a radio station serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. ... WXKS (1430 AM Everett), WKOX (1200 AM Framingham), and WXKS-FM (Kiss 108, 107. ... KABL was an AM radio station in San Francisco Bay Area, which broadcast at 960 kHz. ... WSAI is an AM radio station broadcasting out of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... KCTC AM 1320 is a radio station in Sacramento, California, affiliated with Air America Radio. ... KLSD is the San Diego home for Air America Radio, and Ed Schultz. ...


Music Of Your Life is an Adult Standards satellite-delivered format that probably more than any other source currently defines the format. Music of Your Life is distributed by Jones Radio Networks. Westwood One and ABC Radio also have Adult Standards formats distributed via satellite; Westwood One's is called "Adult Standards" (known on-air as "America's Best Music"), and ABC's is known as "Stardust" (known on-air as "Timeless Classics", which was consolidated with another adult standards network owned by ABC, "Memories"/"Unforgettable Favorites", in 2006). (Westwood One originally called its format "AM Only" and for a time, as the name suggests, offered the format only to AM stations; today, a handful of FM stations also air Westwood One's format.) While Music of Your Life has not yet eliminated all of the big-band and traditional pop music from its playlist, Westwood One and ABC have dropped much of the older music in favor of softer pop and rock oldies from the 1960s and 1970s Top 40 era and a good deal of soft AC material as well. Music of Your Life is a satellite network featuring the Adult Standards radio format. ... Jones Radio Networks & Jones Media Networks are branchs of the Jones International. ... Westwood One, Inc. ... ABC Radio is a division of the American Broadcasting Company focused on AM radio and FM radio broadcasting. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...


Adult Standards Artists

Artists typically heard on Adult Standards radio stations may include the following:

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Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff, known as Doris Day (born April 3, 1924), is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion (OC, OQ) (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian Grammy and Juno award winning pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... Tommy Dorsey (November 19, 1905 – November 26, 1956) was a jazz trombonist and bandleader in the Big Band era. ... Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976) was a band-leader, orchestrator and composer, known for his arrangements of standard tunes with lush string sections and wordless female chorus. ... In physics and mathematics, a sequence of N numbers can be understood to represent a location in an N-dimensional space. ... Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as Lady Ella (the First Lady of Song), was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century [1]. 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Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley on December 11, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Pop singer, who was immensely popular during the 50s and 60s and is probably best known for the hit song Rockin Around the Christmas Tree. She was also one of the first teen idols in... Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. ... Melissa Manchester (born on February 15, 1951 at New York, New York) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. ... Barry Manilow (born June 17, 1943[1] in Brooklyn, New York) is an American singer and songwriter best known for his hit recordings I Write the Songs, Mandy and Copacabana. He has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Cover of the album Come Share the Wine Al Martino (born October 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Alfred Cini) is an Italian-American singer and actor. ... John Royce Mathis (born September 30, 1935), known popularly as Johnny Mathis, is an American popular music singer. ... The McGuire Sisters The McGuire Sisters were a singing trio in American popular music. ... Bette Davis Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 — presumably December 15, 1944), was an American jazz musician and bandleader in the swing era. ... Anne Murray CC, ONS (born Morna Anne Murray June 20, 1945 in Springhill, Nova Scotia), is a Canadian singer known for her rich alto voice and songs that appeal to pop, country and adult contemporary listeners alike. ... Olivia Newton-John AO OBE (born September 26, 1948) is an English-born Australian pop singer and actress. ... 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Linda Maria Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum American singer most closely associated with the folk rock and country rock genres prevalent in the 1970s. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross on March 26, 1944) is a Grammy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning, Oscar- nominated and Tony Awards-winning American singer, performer and actress, who first gained prominence in the 1960s girl group, The Supremes before leaving the group in 1970 to establish a... Reissue album cover showing The Supremes in 1966. ... Bridge Over Troubled Water was Simon and Garfunkels last album; the title track was their only number one hit in the United Kingdom. ... Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945 in New York City) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe and two-times Grammy Awards winning American musician who emerged as one of the leading lights of the early 1970s singer-songwriter movement. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and Academy Award-winning actor, often cited as the finest male American popular song vocalist of the 20th century. ... Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a British rock singer who was a member of the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces before embarking on a solo career. ... Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942 as Barbara Joan Streisand), is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ... Sarah Lois Vaughan (nicknamed Sassy and The Divine One), (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer, described as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century [1]. // Sarah Vaughan was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1924. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an African-American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Andy Williams For other people named Andrew Williams, see Andrew Williams (disambiguation). ...

External links

  • 1350 KRNT AM - Des Moines, Iowa
  • Vegas Radio - Contemporary Standards on WTRI-AM Washington, DC
  • America's Original Classics on KZQX Radio
  • Official Music of Your Life website
  • Official ABC Stardust website

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