I don't even like calling a 60's/70's station "oldies" myself, but a station that plays a little 60's, mostly 70's and some 80's is usually called "classic hits" these days. That's where more oldies stations are going now because the demos are younger and they can get more ad dollars. It's that simple. Try to find a real oldies station now (and by that I mean 1954-1969) and you're going to have a tough time. That's what Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel was supposed to be, but eventually they succumbed to corporate pressure (I presume) and became just another oldies station. The same thing happened to easy listening. You can count the number of easy listening stations in the country probably on one hand. They either went lite AC or flipped formats completely. (That was the origin story of the original 'WKRP in Cincinnati', and that was back in 1978!) There are some nostalgia stations that are surviving too, but very few. The demos are too old. I'd be surprised if many classic country stations weren't at least thinking about doing the same thing, though my knowledge of county is poor at best. KSOP-AM barely shows in the ratings, but I don't know how much they care. I don't think I've ever seen one ad for it anywhere.
Post by seattlefollower on Jan 30, 2013 12:46:17 GMT -7
I now see where "The Cowboy" went! www.cc1370.com/ I wonder if the music has freshened up too. I've really been enjoying Astral Media's "Classic Country AM 1060" from Calgary. I hate they have no DJs most of the time, though.
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KSOP-AM is still playing some of the classic country hits from the 50's and 60's (Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Hank Snow, etc.), but lately I've noticed more songs from the 80's and early 90's being added to their playlist. I'd imagine that trend will continue as their demographic continues to change.
Enjoy the classic country station from Calgary on 1060 AM while you can. Most of Canada's AM stations have migrated to FM over the past 10 years. In fact, I just read an article in a recent issue of Monitoring Times which said that 70-80% of Canada's former AM stations have migrated to FM within the past decade. The AM band, it is a'changing (apologies to Bob Dylan!).
Post by christopherjohn on Feb 7, 2013 18:24:43 GMT -7
As for KSOP-AM I don't think it is doing to bad at all considering it is a music AM station.. KSOP-AM is now being programmed by Jim Mickelson which he was the one that launched Classic Country 700 years ago.