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Why every radio station sounds the same

Phil Edwards | March 29, 2024
Why every radio station sounds the same


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  1. @waupfm

    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    I operate a listener supported community low power FM in Waupaca WI (WAUP-LP). We also stream. Our playlist is very deep. We have been on the air for about 8 years now and for the most part, the local community loves our programming. We have received a lot of support from 3 different foundations that have allowed us to make the station better by the purchase of back up equipment and other needs. The format is quite eclectic and I have heard from people that we sound like the old AOR (Album Oriented Radio) stations from the 70's. And they don't want us to change a thing. I think the problem with Commercial Radio is that the listener has been lulled into a sense of complacency and radio's have become something akin to a toaster. They turn it on and know what to expect, which is basically noise at a low volume, much like Muzak. It's totally boring but the listener is used to it and doesn't really LISTEN to the music, because they do not know any better. They just need the noise on in the background. So they are really not listening at all. Sad.

  2. @proudmanchild165

    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    There were some HD2 stations that used to play popular old school rock and metal like WROR HD2 THE BONE. There where no commercials either. Its too bad they killed it. I think modern radio has a dumbing down effect to keep you that way to stay prductive and obey all the BS that is fed to you. Keep em docile to support that economy of bloated Amazon shoppers and reality tv audiences.


    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    What's really sad is how big market stations have gone sindicated, like WLS in Chicago. Outside of their morning show, everything else is syndicated. Shameful, for a big market station like that. Cumulus has ruined every station they bought. Although iheart dominates my hometown of Milwaukee, we still have a strong local presenece on AM talk radio, which is the best in the nation in my opinion.

  4. @jaysmith1408

    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    Our are has three stations that are exactly the same, though several seconds out of phase, and can all be picked up in most of the county. They even put all three in the identifier. Our NPR station has two (thankfully minimal overlap) and the State of West Virginia has twelve (station identification takes a while).

  5. @MrCrazyeyes001

    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    It makes sense.

    The station that I'm listening to I think they have no more than 20 songs and they play it over and over and over.

    I have more songs in my Spotify than my local radio station

  6. @cyrollan

    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    UGH i hate commercial radio so much!! discovering new and amazing music is so much more rewarding than hearing the same milquetoast songs over and over again.

  7. @paddydoublems

    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    Good video. You pretty much hit the nail on the head of why radio is the way it is now. Years ago, when I was working a former job, we brought in radios and music after the company dropped the muzak from their stores. When I would listen to HD radio channels like Big Classic Hits, Real oldies, iHeart80s and UK channels like Heart80s and Gold, the music would always repeat itself. That is when I watched the documentary 'Corporate FM' how we came to stations playing the same songs over again. Thank you, Mr. President, indeed.

    One night, one of my former bosses left WRXV on her radio. That pretty much started my journey with independent radio. Now I listen to nothing but independent radio stations. My favorites are KEXP. WERS, WFUV, WMVY, The Current, ACL Radio, WXNP, WXPN, Indie 102.3 and WXRV. I won't listen to stations owned by iHeartMedia, Cumulus or Audacy. I love listening to radio stations where humans program the music and I hear stuff that is not played on corporate radio stations. Rhythms, not algorithms. Curated, not Encoded.

  8. @MrRobKS

    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    Deregulation meant Lost Jobs Radio Is terrible. and Now radio is Unlistenable. How many People lost thier Jobs and there will be no Next Great Broadcasters. And Get My phone out all the time.

  9. @brightmoon7132

    March 29, 2024 at 5:35 am

    My teens and 20s were during the golden age of FM radio- the 70s and 80s. Now I realize how bad it was because it spoiled me for good radio from then on. I knew things took a nose dive in the mid 90s, but never knew why until your excellent video. Anyway, that's when I stopped listening.

    To top it off I live in a city that's world famous for it's jazz. (Nope, not New Orleans.) Do you think there is even one jazz station here? Even the god awful 'smooth jazz'? Nope. It's nothing but pop, which is nearly all artificial and computer 'enhanced', adult contemporary, which is whiney and maudlin, and classic rock, which I have heard so much it's like christmas carols and I will die happy if I never hear it again. Yes, there is such a thing of too much of a good thing.

    So I listen to my own music now. Commercial radionis dead.

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