Everything old is new again

Robert Smith is a prominent proponent of the b...
Alternative rock: “cures” what ails ya – Robert Smith of the Cure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a radio station changes it’s format, you should check out the Format Change Archive.  It’s their specialty.  You can listen to all kinds of stations changing from one format to another, right at the point they “flip the switch.”  In light of the recent switch to alternative rock on FM 101.9, I went back to 2008, when it switched from smooth jazz to rock.  Have a listen (click the link, then click the play button on the page):

All I can say is… wow.  “Where new music, classic rock, and alternative merge?”  Was this their version of some kind of AAA station?  That music montage is a playlist only a music geek could love.  Although, Nickelback may have turned off some people. 😉  Not only that, they had a live announcer in the studio that same day.  Overall, this change went pretty well.  Compare to what happened earlier this week:

Here, we have a rudely interrupted newscast, followed by a pre-recorded introduction to the new format, then non-stop music.  On the bright side?  No Nickelback. 😀  Joking aside, the new format has a much better focus, and hopefully will draw in the listeners.  If they can bring back some of the old announcers, then they’ll really have something.


Author: Dr. Chuck

I started out as a child, then things kind of grew from there.  I spend way too much time around computers and radios, but I do like to take a break once in a while.  I'm not a real doctor, but I played one on the radio in college. A bit later on, I wrote an article that was published in COMPUTE!'s Gazette (Commodore 64/128 magazine). I also think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

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