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Why do radio stations always play an artist's lamest song?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by 8barlouie, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. Mellencaster

    Mellencaster Friend of Leo's

    I gave up listening to music on the radio a long time ago for that reason ,when they went to their daily set play list.All those songs that you listed , are great songs and I still enjoy listening to them now at my convenience.
     
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  2. DarkKnight37

    DarkKnight37 Tele-Meister

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    WWOZ and Old School 106.7 are the only radio stations I listen to, unless I'm listening to a football game. I'm glad I live close enough to New Orleans to get some good music on the radio. I mainly listen to my iPod or Spotify, though.
     
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  3. BryMelvin

    BryMelvin Tele-Afflicted

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    yeah spotify....I make about 14 cents from spotify in a month!
     
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  5. kidmo

    kidmo Friend of Leo's

    May 25, 2008
    Funkytown
    Deep Cuts on satellite radio
    I had an idea many many many years ago after listening to the "Top 40" drivel, to have a radio show that only played songs off albums that are never heard unless you buy the album.
     
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  6. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Tele-Afflicted

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    That sucks. I don't listen to Spotify. I do have Pandora. One of my stations is Blues Channel. I swear Tab Benoit must have stock in them. Every half hour they play one of his songs.
     
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  7. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Tele-Afflicted

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    I listen to Deep Cuts too. The other day, they played When the Levee Breaks. Really?
     
  8. Dean James

    Dean James Tele-Meister

    Rock the boat! Don't rock the boat, bay-beh! As someone once said.
     
  9. DarkKnight37

    DarkKnight37 Tele-Meister

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    I wish they could get a better royalty scale figured out with the streaming services. My band's EP is on them and we've never seen a penny (never mind the fact that only, like, 12 people have listened to them...). But as a consumer, I love it! $10 a month for all the music I can handle. I've discovered so many new-to-me artists because of Spotify (and Beats when that was a thing).
     
  10. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 29, 2013
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    I find AAA-formatted stations to be less boring than most. Sadly, there are too few of them with a transmitter more powerful than a coffee grinder.
     
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  11. AnAxeNamedBeverly

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    I also tuned out long ago. So many great songs ruined for me. Sad.
     
  12. Ron R

    Ron R Tele-Afflicted

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    Because "demographic research" shows that a majority of people are perfectly happy hearing the same stuff over and over again on the radio.
    Precisely why I have an aftermarket car stereo that accepts USB and can read a flash drive with up to 65,000 songs on it.
     
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  13. stratoman1

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    All over the Blues Rock station too
     
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  14. telepicker52

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    Channel 27 on XM radio is called "Deep Cuts".
     
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  15. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Because they suck
     
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  16. Radioking

    Radioking Tele-Meister

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    My former neighbor owned a classic rock station. He said that they had recently doubled the number of songs they were able to play. I don't remember exactly, but it went from either 150 to 300, or 200 to 400. It blew my mind that they had only played 200 different songs over the last 10-15 years.

    I've always wondered how many times I've heard "Hotel California" or "Sweet Home Alabama" in my lifetime. I don't think I want to know.
     
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  17. hekawi

    hekawi Poster Extraordinaire

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    ...or "Heartache Tonight"
     
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  18. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    I used to love long car trips in different parts of the country, listening to local radio stations that sure didn't seem to use playlists like these. Instead, I would hear a lot of the briefly, if ever, top 40 back in the 60s. You could hear songs such as The Boat That I Row, a Neil Diamond song recorded by Lulu. Not a great song, but at 3:00 in the afternoon in the middle of rural Colorado, something like that will trigger the endorphins in someone of my particular demographic.

    Time Won't Let Me
    Sitting on a Fence
    Call Me Lightning
    Elusive Butterfly of Love
    No Milk Today
    I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman
    Born Free (Ferrante and Teicher)

    Some are better than others, but there was certainly a lot of variety for such a narrow audience demographic. Eventually, the music broadcast industry figured out which songs appealed to the biggest spenders, so there goes the fun and variety. In the 60s, there was a gap between what the industry people understood about changing tastes, and what happened once the industry thought it knew what it was doing. There was a brief period in which some labels started hiring younger, hip people to advise the old guard to lose Ferrante and Teicher. Fine, but a lot of nuance and shadings were lost to the past.
     
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  19. GuildX700

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    One horrible word, Clearchannel. They ruined over the air radio.'

    We have a local low power channel out of the High School in Burlington, WBSD, they play some pretty good stuff sometimes.

    http://wbsdfm.com/
     
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  20. GuildX700

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  21. howlin

    howlin Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 19, 2007
    Who wants to know?
    Used to be called Arbitron I believe. Now it's just referred to as MK something . . . o_O
     
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