The Full Wiki

Classic Hits: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Encyclopedia

(Redirected to Classic hits article)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Classic hits is a radio format which generally includes rock and pop music from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. [1] The term is sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for the adult hits format, but is more accurately characterized as a contemporary style of the oldies format. Some stations with the format lean toward classic rock.

The term "classic hits" is believed to have its birth at WZLX Boston when consultant Gary Guthrie and First Media's Dan Mason (now president of CBS Radio) converted the station from "adult contemporary", and launched a format composed of the hipper tracks from the oldies format and album tracks from popular classic rock albums. The goal was to attract and magnetize two groups of baby boomers: those who didn't want the doo-wop and pop they found on the oldies stations, and those who didn't like the more heavy metal side of AOR stations.

Over time, the "classic hits" format has evolved into more of a station's slug line than of a tightly-focused music library shared by the stations who use the term. The first branching-off in the late '80s led to stations becoming more "classic rock"-based, and the second reincarnation manifested itself in the premises of the "Jack FM" and the "Arrow" formats. Some of the 21st-century versions are based on a music library mostly consisting of classic rock-style hits from the 1970s, along with R&B and pop hits from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s. In many of the cases, the stations are merely oldies stations that evolved into a more uptempo sound with more newer songs, and the term is now considered a more appealing name than "oldies" to listeners and advertisers alike.

Variations of the core playlist vary greatly and include playlists composed of only pop-leaning classic rock. Others, while indeed leaning rock, also feature some soul, and Motown music as well. Most "classic hits" stations are heavy on music from the 1970s, with a moderate amount of music from the 1960s, and a decent amount of hits from the 1980s.

Until the past few years, most classic hits stations have either leaned classic rock or were actually classic rock stations without a lot of hard rock. Classic hits stations typically do not play pre-1964 music, except for a few especially popular or enduring songs such as early Beatles hits. In most cases, more pop-leaning classic hits stations evolved quietly and gradually from being traditional oldies outlets.

Notable Classic Hits stations are WCBS-FM in New York City; KLUV in Dallas, Texas; and WRBQ in Tampa, Florida.

Contents

Classic Hits In Canada

The format has begun to make its appearance on Canadian radio most recently. A few stations in Canada, such as CFXL-FM in Calgary and CKRA-FM in Edmonton began airing the new classic hits format. There are other classic hits stations in Canada, such as one AM in Montreal on CINW, a French language one on CFOM-FM 102.9 in Quebec City and Hamilton's web radio station Classic Hits Online [2].

See also

Classic Hits (NZ)

References

  1. ^ [1]

External links


Classic hits is a radio format which generally includes rock and pop music from 1964 to 1979.[1] The term is sometimes erroneously used as a synonym for the adult hits format, but is more accurately characterized as a contemporary style of the oldies format. Some stations with the format lean toward classic rock.

Contents

Definition

The term "classic hits" is believed to have its birth at WZLX Boston when the station converted from "adult contemporary" to a format composed of the hipper tracks from the oldies format and album tracks from popular classic rock albums. The goal was to attract and magnetize two groups of baby boomers: those who didn't want the doo-wop and pop they found on the oldies stations, and those who didn't like the more heavy metal side of AOR stations.

Over time, the "classic hits" format has evolved into more of a station's slug line than of a tightly-focused music library shared by the stations who use the term. The first branching-off in the late '80s led to stations becoming more "classic rock"-based, and the second reincarnation manifested itself in the premises of the "Jack FM" and the "Arrow" formats. Some of the 21st-century versions are based on a music library mostly consisting of classic rock-style hits from the 1970s, along with R&B and pop hits from the late 1960s through the mid 1980s. In many of the cases, the stations are merely oldies stations that evolved into a more uptempo sound with more newer songs, and the term is now considered a more appealing name than "oldies" to listeners and advertisers alike.

Variations of the core playlist vary greatly and include playlists composed of only pop-leaning classic rock. Others, while indeed leaning rock, also feature some soul, and Motown music as well. Most "classic hits" stations are heavy on music from the 1970s, with a moderate amount of music from the 1960s, and a decent amount of hits from the 1980s.

Until the past few years, most classic hits stations have either leaned classic rock or were actually classic rock stations without a lot of hard rock. Classic hits stations typically do not play pre-1964 music, except for a few especially popular or enduring songs such as early Beatles hits. In most cases, more pop-leaning classic hits stations evolved quietly and gradually from being traditional oldies outlets.

Notable Classic Hits stations include WCBS-FM in New York City; KLUV in Dallas, Texas; WODS in Boston, Massachusetts; WOCL (Sunny 105.9) in Orlando, Florida and KOMA-FM in Oklahoma City.

Classic Hits In Canada

The format has begun to make its appearance on Canadian radio most recently. A few stations in Canada, such as CFXL-FM in Calgary and CKRA-FM in Edmonton began airing the new classic hits format. There are other classic hits stations in Canada, such as one AM in Montreal on CINW, a French language one on CFOM-FM 102.9 in Quebec City, Hamilton's web radio station Classic Hits Online and Hamilton, Ontario's Vinyl 95.3.

See also

References

(link requires paid subscription to view)

External links








Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address
Message