For decades, radio programmers have been editing songs for airplay. Four years ago, Sean Demery and I created the QuickHitz format with a concept of playing all edited songs. Three years ago, SparkNet joined forces and a format package with licensing and a protective patent was formalized. Last year, Bud Walters’ Cromwell Group took the brave step of launching the first QuickHitz station in America on WYDS 93.1 The Party. The Spring Eastlan Ratings show WYDS growing to a 4.1 share (12+) from 1.6 in the Fall of 2013. Last week, Newcap Radio launched Amp 90.3 on CKMP-FM in Calgary, a city of 1.2 million residents. (more…)
AM radio is in trouble with the notable exception of the high-powered, heritage AM radio stations. Enter the Catholic Church buying up AM frequencies. Are the Catholics performing the last rites to AM radio? (more…)
Today Paste ran a list of the top 10 “music discovery” public radio stations in the country, and their list is as wonderfully eclectic as the format itself. In their article, “Top 10 Public Radio Stations You Wish Were in Your Town,” Paste bestowed the awards to a range of super local radio station from Boone, NC to New York and LA. They even included one AM station!
Here’s the Paste countdown: (more…)