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Rhythmic adult contemporary is a format used on stations in the United States and Canada. Like many adult contemporary radio stations, rhythmic AC stations often would not play rap. It usually gears toward an older audience, ages 25 to 54. Often stations using this format play a great deal of disco from the 1970s and early 1980s, dance/pop music, adult-friendly hip hop/old school tracks, R&B, dance/freestyle of the 1980s and house music of the late 80's/early 1990s. These stations often compete with rhythmic top 40 stations as well as other adult contemporary stations.


Format History

The first station to try this approach was WHBT/Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which lasted from 1987 to 1988, although it was more Hot AC in nature. But eight years later in 1996, another Milwaukee outlet, WAMG "Magic 103.7", would be the first to pioneer the "Official" rhythmic AC format, cal1ing itself "Rhythm & Romance" which featured Mid-tempo Rhythmic R&B/Pop tracks. At the same time other stations, like WDRQ/Detroit and KIBB/Los Angeles, took it a bit further by adopting a "Rhythmic Hot AC" approach with Dance Pop tracks added to the mix. In 1999, CFGL-FM in Montreal, Quebec, Canada made its debut in the format by using the "Rythme FM" name. Recently, there has been a trend of several stations in the United States switching to the rhythmic AC format using the brand Movin. However, Clear Channel Communications seems to have benefitted the most from this format, thanks to using one of its outlets, WKTU/New York City, as its basis for several of its stations.

Rhythmic AC stations also play "Classic Dance Flashbacks" of dance music ten years or older. Some radio stations usually play soft dance music on weeknights. News and weather announcements play a major part in this format unlike their younger counterparts. Also, many radio stations using this format often play a great deal of disco heavily on weekend nights.

List of recording artists whose records are played on rhythmic AC radio stations

List of radio stations in the United states using this format

List of radio stations in Canada using this format

Internet stations

Former stations that used this format

See also - related formats

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