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Oldies is a generic term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...


Oldies are typically from R&B, pop and rock music genres. Country, jazz, classical music, and other formats are generally not considered oldies music, although some of those genres have their own oldies format (for instance, classic country). Occasionally the term is used to describe the rare station that includes '40s music as well, although music from before 1955 (coinciding with the "birth of rock'n'roll"), is typically the domain of the adult standards format. However, the term constitutes ambiguity for people who like old dancing music. For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Classic Country is a radio format that specializes in playing mainstream country hits from past decades. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Rock and roll (also spelled rock n roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Adult Standards is a North American radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations. ... Dance music is music composed, played, or both, specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. ...


This format is sometimes called Golden Oldies, though this term usually refers to music exclusively from the '50s and early '60s (also termed "Real Oldies" or "True Oldies" by some radio stations which specialize in music from this era). Oldies radio typically features artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Supremes, The Four Seasons, and Sam Cooke; as well as such musical movements and genres as doo-wop, soul music, Motown, the British Invasion, early girl groups, surf music, and bubblegum pop. “Elvis” redirects here. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... For other uses, see Supremes (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... This article is about the novel Soul Music. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Surf music is a genre of popular music associated with surf culture. ... Bubblegum pop (bubblegum rock, bubblegum music, youth music, or simply bubblegum) is a genre of pop music. ...


Most oldies stations limit their on-air playlists to no more than 300 songs, on the philosophy that average listeners will stay tuned provided they're familiar with the hits being played. The drawback to this concept is the endless repetition of the station's program library. Oldies has some overlap with the classic rock format, which concentrates on the rock music of the late-'60s and '70s and also plays newer material made in the same style. [1] For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ...

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The state of the Oldies format today

For many years, the time range of most Oldies [2] formats phased in with selections from the mid-'50s and phased out in the early '70s. Over time, especially since the turn of the century, stations increasingly limited selections from the '50s and culled out most hits in such styles as Country and Easy Listening. Many Oldies stations have dropped all or most music from before 1964 from their playlists, as it is believed that doo-wop and other music from the late '50s and early '60s appeals to demographics undesirable to advertisers, namely listeners over 40. As a result, many oldies stations have filled the holes in their playlists by extending their range into the mid- to late-'70s. Some stations extended into the '80s, and others have evolved into classic hits (see below) or classic rock. This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Classic hits is a popular music radio format, a variation on the classic rock theme that provides most of the playlist of classic rock with an addition of contemporaneous R&B and pop hits as well, striking a balance between the mostly 70s-focused classic rock genre and the more... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ...


The changes in selection have created some confusion over the definition of "Oldies", while many stations have adjusted their logos to accommodate their new formats. Stations that continue to use the term "oldies" in their on-air positioning generally do not play music made after 1975. Likewise, stations that do play post-1975 music have generally dropped the word "oldies" from their positioners, using identifiers such as "Super Hits," "Classic Top 40" or "The Greatest Top 40 Hits of All Time" (a la WRIT in Milwaukee and KLUV in Dallas/Fort Worth), or "Classic Gold" (a la CFCO in Chatham, Ontario). WSRZ-FM in Sarasota, FL dropped their "Oldies 108" advertising nomenclature in favor of "Your Home Town Station" while expanding their playlist up to 1980. They still have their "Cruise In" segment for late '50's[3] and early '60's music. Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In law, a writ is a formal written order issued by a body with administrative or judicial jurisdiction. ... KLUV, branded as K-LUV (K-Love), is a radio station transmitting on 98. ... CFCO (92. ...


In response to this, some radio stations such as WSAI in Cincinnati and WRLL in Chicago in the early 2000s adopted the "Real Oldies" moniker and a playlist spanning exclusively the mid-50s through the mid-'60s. Most of these "Real Oldies" stations were on the AM dial and featured legendary personalities from the '60s-'70s golden Top 40 era (for example, WLS legend Larry Lujack was part of the WRLL air staff). However, WSAI soon dropped the format, and WRLL (now WVON) dropped it as well in the fall of 2006, because of a combination of low ratings (due largely to the amount of "unfamiliar" music played on such stations and the fact that they broadcast on AM) and unfavorable ad demographics. WSAI is an AM radio station broadcasting out of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Cincinnati, Ohio viewed from the SW, across the Ohio River from Kentucky. ... WRLL-1690 AM is an oldies station licenced to Berwyn, IL and serves areas in Northeast Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... WLS (Worlds Largest Store) is the callsign two broadcast stations in Chicago: radio station WLS AM 890 TV station WLS-TV 7 (DTV 52) WLS (Weight Loss Surgery) see Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery   This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that... Larry Lujack (born June 6, 1940), a Top 40 Music radio disc jockey who was a precursor to the shock jocks of the 1990s, is known for his world-weary sarcastic style, Klunk letter of the day, and darkly humorous Animal Stories and Cheap Trashy Show Biz. ... WVON (1690 AM) is a radio station licensed to Berwyn, Illinois, serving the greater Chicago area, airing an African-American-oriented talk format. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Many other stations have also been forced to drop the format because of low ad revenue despite high ratings. On June 3, 2005, New York's WCBS-FM, an oldies-based station for over three decades, abruptly switched to the Jack FM format, resulting in a tremendous outcry from oldies fans in the Big Apple. WJMK in Chicago (WCBS-FM's sister station) switched to Jack FM on the same day. Some point to the demise of WCBS-FM and WJMK as a sign that the oldies format is in danger, for many of the same reasons that the adult standards format is disappearing. However, WJMK had been struggling for many years, and was in much worse shape than most other major-market oldies stations. In addition, unlike New York City (with the possible exception of WMTR-AM in nearby New Jersey), the Chicago market has not technically been without an oldies station since, due to the existence of the aforementioned WRLL and now WZZN.[4] is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... WCBS-FM (101. ... Jack FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several radio stations in Canada, the United States and now the United Kingdom. ... The Big Apple is a nickname or alternate toponym for New York City used by New Yorkers. ... WJMK Inc. ... Jack FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several radio stations in Canada, the United States and now the United Kingdom. ... Adult Standards is a North American radio format heard primarily on AM or class A FM stations. ... WMTR is an AM radio station owned by Greater Media broadcasting on 1250 khz. ...


Oldies format returns to WCBS-FM

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According to online reports on July 6, 2007, WCBS-FM, which had switched to the Jack FM format in 2005, would be changing back to the WCBS-FM oldies format which they had previously. Initial reports about the WCBS format change surfaced on July 6, 2007 in the Radio Business Report online newsletter, and at Crain's New York Business.com, but rumors were floating around earlier in the week. CBS Radio, owner of WCBS-FM, declined to comment on the much rumored change" If this happens, it will be a fantastic move," said Bruce Cousin Brucie Morrow, one of the veteran DJs jettisoned when the station swapped formats. "There isn't a day that goes by that people don't come up to me and say, 'We miss the station so much.'" According to an "industry insider" at NewYorkBusiness.com, the upcoming oldies format may be modified to appeal to younger listeners, and that veteran DJs may be hired. The catalyst for all of this was the recent replacement of former CBS Radio President Joel Hollander (who was the driving force behind the change to "JACK") with radio veteran Dan Mason who almost immediately began dismantling many of the changes that were made in the company during Hollander's tenure, particularly the failed "Free-FM" talk format. WCBS-FM's sister station WXRK had dropped its longtime rock music format in favor of talk as "Free-FM" after the departure of Howard Stern, but just recently, the station had returned to its previous "K-Rock" music format, which probably added fuel to the rumors of the possible WCBS-FM format "about face" since the music WXRK now plays is similar to that of sister WCBS's current "Jack FM" format. Image File history File links Merge-arrow. ... WCBS-FM (101. ... Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... WCBS-FM (101. ... is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... WCBS-FM (101. ... Jack FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several radio stations in Canada, the United States and now the United Kingdom. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Crain Communications Inc publishes a variety of trade newspapers. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... Bruce Morrow (born October 13, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American radio disc jockey, known to generations of New Yorkers as Cousin Brucie. ... WXRK (92. ... This article is a biography of Howard Stern as an individual; for information regarding his radio show see The Howard Stern Show. ... K-Rock is an FM radio station based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. ...


On July 9, 2007 CBS Radio made the announcement that oldies would indeed return to 101.1 and the HD 1 channel on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 1:01 p.m. EDT. The returning format would initially be the current HD-2 format and will feature music from 1964 to 1979, a sprinkling of hits of the 1980s and a limited amount of oldies from 1955-1963. Within a few days following the flip, former personalities Dan Taylor and Bob Shannon will be returning to the station. Broadway Bill Lee has also been added to the WCBS-FM lineup. Additional air personalities will be added over the next couple months. The "Jack FM" format will then move to WCBS-FM's HD2 subchannel.[1] is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In a similar vein to the series finale of The Sopranos, including the last line spoken by Tony Soprano, the final song on Jack FM was "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey, ending at 12:44 p.m. Then, the oldies format returned in the same way it left, First picking up at the end of Frank Sinatra's Summer Wind (which was the last song played before the flip to Jack on June 3 2005) followed by greetings from former CBS FM DJs Harry Harrison and Ron Lundy, leading into clips of music, movies, television shows, and events from each year starting in 1964 through the 1980s, with WCBS-FM jingles interspersed between. Former mayor Ed Koch then welcomed back the format, noting the "mistake" WCBS-FM had made with the switch. This article is about the television series. ... Dont Stop Believin is a power ballad by the American rock band Journey originally written about Steve Perrys high school flame, Stephanie Diperna. ... Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California. ... “Sinatra” redirects here. ... Summer Wind is a 1965 song, with music by Henry Mayer and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. ... Harry Harrison was a popular American radio personality for over 50 years. ... Ron Lundy, was a radio Deejay in New York City from the early-1960s to the late-1997. ... Edward Irving Koch (born December 12, 1924; pronounced to rhyme with Scotch) was a United States Congressman from 1969 to 1977 and the Mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. ...


Other Oldies Stations

The oldies format remains one of the most popular formats on radio in markets where it is still active. Some of the most successful major-market oldies stations today include KRTH "K-Earth 101" in Los Angeles, KOLA 99.9 in Riverside-San Bernardino, CA, WODS "Oldies 103" in Boston, WOGL in Philadelphia, WMJI "Majic 105.7" in Cleveland, WGRR in Cincinnati, WZZN in Chicago, and KLUV in Dallas. However, to illustrate the continued decline in the format, San Francisco's KFRC dropped the oldies format entirely in 2006 in favor of the Rhythmic AC "MOViN" format which left most of Northern California without an oldies station until the debut of KCCL (K-Hits 92.1) in Sacramento in January, 2007. (It should be pointed out, however, that KFRC had already evolved its format and positioning to classic hits at the time it changed to "Movin". but KFRC was not gone for long. On May 17, 2007 with Free FM hot talk format failing on 106.9 KIFR CBS relaunced KFRC with a classis hits format on 106.9. KRTH is a radio station located in Los Angeles, California broadcasting to the Greater Los Angeles area on 101. ... Kola can refer to: Kola nut, a genus of about 125 species of trees Bhuta Kola, an ancient form of worship prevalent among the Tulu-speaking community in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada districts in Karnataka and Kasargod district in Kerala Inca Kola, a very successful cola soft drink made in Peru... WODS, known on-air as Oldies 103. ... 98. ... WMJI is a commercial FM radio station in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, broadcasting at 105. ... WGRR is a radio station in the Cincinnati, Ohio market. ... WZZN 94. ... KLUV, branded as K-LUV (K-Love), is a radio station transmitting on 98. ... KFRC is an AM and FM broadcast radio station in San Francisco, California in the United States. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rhythmic Adult Contemporary is a format used on stations in the United States and Canada, similar to Rhythmic Top 40 radio. ... Movin (capitalized as MOViN) is a brand name used for a variety of radio stations in numerous broadcast markets in the United States. ... KCCL is a commercial oldies music radio station in Placerville, California, broadcasting to the Sacramento, California area on 92. ... Classic hits is a popular music radio format, a variation on the classic rock theme that provides most of the playlist of classic rock with an addition of contemporaneous R&B and pop hits as well, striking a balance between the mostly 70s-focused classic rock genre and the more... Primary Free FM logo Free FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several FM talk radio stations in the United States owned by CBS Radio, created because of Howard Sterns departure to Sirius Satellite Radio in January 2006. ... Hot talk is a radio format involving a form of talk radio geared predominantly to a male demographic between the ages of 18-49. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ...


Veteran New York radio programmer Scott Shannon developed a format known as the "True Oldies Channel," distributed via satellite by ABC Radio, which features some of the music featured on "Real Oldies" stations as well as hits of the late '60s and very early '70s, but generally nothing after 1975. The most high-profile "True Oldies Channel" affiliate is probably WZZN-FM in Chicago, which adopted the "True Oldies" approach in the wake of WJMK's change to Jack FM. However, WZZN has slowly been adding more local personalities (including vetran radio personality Dick Biondi), and now only airs 'True Oldies' from 10am-3pm weekdays. WIFO-FM Jesup, GA airs the True Oldies Channel during weekends as a contrast to its normal weekday country programming, and it is well received. New York, New York redirects here. ... Michael Scott Shannon is a radio disc jockey, current co-host of The Big Show on WPLJ and the official voice of the Sean Hannity Show. ... The True Oldies Channel is a syndicated radio programming stream, hosted by legendary American radio personality Scott Shannon. ... For other uses, see ABC Radio (disambiguation). ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... WZZN 94. ... Jack FM is the moniker and on-air brand of several radio stations in Canada, the United States and now the United Kingdom. ... Dick Biondi (born 1933, Endicott, New York, USA) is a Radio Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Top 40 and Oldies disc jockey. ...


Jones Radio Networks, Waitt Radio Networks and Dial Global (formerly part of Westwood One) also offer 24-hour satellite-distributed oldies formats. ABC Radio actually offers two (three if Timeless is counted): in addition to the "True Oldies Channel," there is the much longer-running and more established "Oldies Radio" format (formerly known as "Pure Gold" during the time in the Satellite Music Network), which focuses mainly on the decade from 1965 to 1975 with some older and newer material.[5] Jones Radio Networks & Jones Media Networks are branchs of the Jones International. ... Waitt Radio Networks is a national radio network based in Omaha, Nebraska. ... The Westwood One logo Westwood One, Inc. ... Westwood One, Inc. ... Stardust is a 24-hour satellite music service of ABC Radio Networks, distributing a mix of soft oldies and new adult standards known as Timeless Favorites to radio stations around the USA. The current lineup of DJs includes Tim Kase, Laurie Bandemir, Scott Reese, Bud Buschardt, and Mike Matthews on... Oldies Radio is an American radio network with a Oldies format. ... Satellite Music Network the first satellite delivered network to provide complete live 24-hour a day music programing to local stations, under several different formats. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In North America, Satellite Radio broadcasters XM and Sirius each have more than a dozen oldies radio channels, with XM offering separate stations for each decade from the '40s to the '90s, and Sirius doing the same for the '50s through the '80s. These companies offer specific genre channels for disco and dance hits, classic rock, and R&B and soul hits. [6],[7]These pay radio channels boast thousands of songs in their libraries, ensuring far less repetition than traditional broadcast stations. As of early 2007, the total number of satellite radio listeners is still under 15,000,000, but it's expected that this will increase over time. // A satellite radio or subscription radio (SR) is a digital radio signal that is broadcast by a communications satellite, which covers a much wider geographical range than terrestrial radio signals. ... XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: XMSR) is a satellite radio service in the United States based in Washington, DC and controlled by News Corporations DirecTV, General Motors, American Honda, Hughes Electronics, and several private investment groups. ... Sirius Satellite Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) is a satellite radio (DARS) service in the United States that provides 65 streams (channels) of music and 55 streams of sports, news and entertainment. ... This article is about the music genre. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ...


Classic hits format

A variation on the classic rock theme is classic hits, which provides most of the playlist of classic rock with an addition of contemporaneous R&B and pop hits as well, striking a balance between the mostly '70s-focused classic rock genre and the more broad-based oldies format. For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... Classic hits is a popular music radio format, a variation on the classic rock theme that provides most of the playlist of classic rock with an addition of contemporaneous R&B and pop hits as well, striking a balance between the mostly 70s-focused classic rock genre and the more... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ...


External links

  • Oldies Music — Definitions And History.

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