The Decline of Radio In Houston

Posted: October 21, 2011 in other
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A few months ago I wrote about how bad radio in Houston has gotten since rock 101 KLOL went off the air in 2004. Even worse, it seems like Clear Channel has taken over everything. The playlists from station-to-station are virtually indistinguishable.

I wanna know this: when it comes to playing an artist, especially a female one, radio programmers seem to stick to only a few hits – not all their hits. For example: when Stevie Nicks came to Houston in August, 93.7 the Arrow celebrated by playing one of her cds for their “Classic CD at Midnight.” However, did they pick one of her classics such as Bella Donna or The Wild Heart. No. They chose to play Crystal Visions: The Best of Stevie Nicks. There’s nothing wrong with that per se except for the fact that it furthers the fact that, whenever they play a popular artist, they will play the same 4-5 songs by that artist that are on their playlist and nothing more. Why not play Bella Donna when she comes to town?

The Gold Dust Woman isn’t the only one they do this to. They have also done this to Pat Benatar. They seem to play either Heartbreaker, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Love Is A Battlefield, Shadows of the Night, etc. No You Better Run or I Need A Lover or the like.

Here’s a thought: how about playing some different songs from various artists back catalogue? Take for example anytime Cocaine is played by Eric Clapton. How about playing Forever Man or Tears In Heaven. Would it hurt to do that? People are tired of listening to the same old song and dance.



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