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Radio: Avoid the Abandoned Mall Feeling

By Sean Ross This column was originally going to be called “why radio detail still matters.” Over the years when I write about the details of radio programming too minutely, the “O” word will inevitably come up. And while “overthink” is certainly a possibility, I don’t hear much evidence of it when I listen to […]

Powergold Launches The World’s Fastest, Most Intuitive Music Scheduling Software Yet – Powergold NXT

Powergold NXT was built for world scale broadcasters that have many concurrent users scheduling music in tough networking conditions. Real-world proven during the worldwide pandemic, delivering outstanding next-level speed and performance. Auto-detects slow or high-latency VPN/WAN connections and instantly optimizes them, delivering millisecond responsiveness. Purpose-built on Microsoft SQL Server database technology and runs on all […]

Do Broadcasters Still Need To Narrowcast?

From the moment that AC WKJY Long Island, N.Y., returned to its longtime K-Joy 98.3 identity, it was never quite as consistently soft as some of its new Soft AC counterparts. The station was positioned as “Long Island’s Place to Relax,” but it didn’t sound as much like KISQ (the Breeze) San Francisco as much […]

What the World Needs Now Is Love Songs

By Sean Ross Both of these things are true: Pop music and pop radio have been suffering from a shortage of uptempo hits. Pop music and radio have been suffering from a dearth of love ballads. Only the second statement will surprise regular Ross on Radio readers. I’ve always considered a steady supply of a […]

In Search of ‘Oldies XL’

By Sean Ross There hasn’t been much opportunity over the last 18 months to discover new stations by dialing around on a road trip. But a few weeks ago, I was in Southern New England. When I hit seek again, I knew I wanted to stop on the station that played “Got a Hold on […]

How To Have More Hits

By Sean Ross We need more hits. We could have more hits. I’m thinking about Top 40 and Hot AC when I say this, but every current-based format, with the exception of Christian AC, feels challenged at the moment. When radio stopped being the gatekeeper for new music, it staked out a new role as […]

The “No-Wow” Oldie: Now There’s A Name For It

By Sean Ross The concept of the “oh wow” oldie has been around for a while. As I have found out from writing about the “Lost Factor” of various hits over the years, everybody’s threshold for what song evokes the “oh wow” response is different, often dependent on whether they listen to satellite radio or […]

Gradually, The ‘90s Come To Adult Contemporary

By Sean Ross For a long time, the ‘90s were an almost non-existent decade at Adult Contemporary radio. The challenges were the same as ‘90s product on the radio in general. There had been relatively few consensus hits in the ‘90s, at least until Top 40’s late ‘90s comeback. Much of the Modern AC/singer-songwriter product […]

When Tempo Shifts Gears

(Or “When Songs Aren’t Always In A [Single] Mood”) By Sean Ross How do you code tempo and mood on a song that changes tempo eight times? Phenomenal in every other way as well, “Driver’s License” by Olivia Rodrigo is slow, but with a pulse, when it begins. Its longest section is the 45-second bridge, […]