(through Citadel Broadcasting)
|Former names||Stardust, Unforgettable Favorites, Timeless Classics, Timeless Favorites|
Timeless is a 24-hour satellite music service of Citadel Media (through Citadel Broadcasting) distributing a mix of soft oldies and adult standards to radio stations around the USA. It is a combination of two former formats: gold-based adult contemporary Unforgettable Favorites (also known as "Memories") and adult standards Timeless Classics/Timeless Favorites (originally known as "Stardust"). Since 2007, it is now simply known as "Timeless". The format is scheduled to end early in 2010.
The current lineup of DJs includes Steve Gunn, Laurie Bandemir, Scott Reese, Debbie Douglas, Vic Thomas, and Mike Matthews on weekdays, and Steve Cumming, Frank Welch, Angie Michaels and Bob Lawrence on weekends, as well as Jack Grady.
Classic artists heard on Timeless include The Carpenters, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Barry Manilow, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Anne Murray, Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley, Carly Simon, The Bee Gees, Glen Campbell, Paul Simon and a dozen more.
Satellite Music Network (later taken over by ABC) started the Stardust format in 1981 in the Chicago area, and Eddie Hubbard was one of its first DJs. Past personalities include Jack Davis, Joe Lacina, Dave Rafferty, Patty Pratt, Larry Carolla, Ron Baxley and Bud Buschardt. The name "Stardust" was taken from a 1927 song called "Stardust" composed by Hoagy Carmichael and performed by Mitchell Parish. For most of its history Stardust was an adult standards format, focusing on the big band era in its early years and evolving over the years to include more oldies and adult contemporary music. The format was called "Unforgettable Favorites" on the air for a while until ABC's Memories, another satellite format from the same company, began using the term. Stardust became "Timeless Classics" and continued to use the term until early in 2007. Among the artists who have recorded standards in recent years that were included in the format: Paul Anka, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Manilow, Bette Midler, Ronnie Milsap, Ronstadt, Carly Simon, John Stevens, Rod Stewart, B. J. Thomas, Jamie Cullum, Debby Boone, and Steve Tyrell.
In Summer 2006, with the end of the Memories format, Stardust changed to its current sound, adding a number of songs from that format. The "Unforgettable Favorites" feed is still active as The Christmas Channel on a seasonal basis.
On November 12, 2009, the staff at parent company Citadel Media says that "Timeless" is losing affiliates and becoming less attractive to advertisers. Citadel Media President John Rosso says it will be discontinued as of February 13, 2010.
Timeless Favorites falls victim to Citadel's inability to pay it's debt. The format goes dark in February.