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A radio format or programming format (not to be confused with broadcast programming) describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. In countries where radio spectrum use is legally regulated (such as by OFCOM in the UK), formats may have a legal status where stations are licensed to transmit only specific formats.
Radio formats are frequently employed as a marketing tool, and are subject to frequent change.Music radio, old time radio, all-news radio, sports radio, talk radio and weather radio describe the operation of different genres of radio format and each format can often be sub-divided into many specialty formats.
Formats constantly evolve and each format can often be sub-divided into many specialty formats. Some of the following formats are available only regionally or through specialized venues such as satellite radio or Internet radio.
Seasonal formats typically celebrate a particular holiday and thus, with the notable exception of Christmas music (which is usually played throughout Advent), stations going to a holiday-themed format usually only do so for a short time, typically a day or a weekend.
In some countries such as the UK, licences to broadcast on radio frequencies are regulated by the government, and may take account of social and cultural factors including format type, local content, and language, as well as the price available to pay for the spectrum use. This may be done to ensure a balance of available public content in each area, and in particular to enable non-profit local community radio to exist alongside larger and richer national companies. On occasions format regulation may lead to difficult legal challenges when government accuses a station of changing its format, for example arguing in court over whether a particular song or group of songs is "pop" or "rock".[ citation needed ]
WVMX is a radio station broadcasting a Hot AC format. Licensed to the suburb of Westerville, Ohio, it serves the Columbus metropolitan area. It first began broadcasting in 1991 under the call sign WCEZ. The station is currently owned by Franklin Communications, Inc. Its studios are located in Upper Arlington and the transmitter site is west of Sunbury.
WDRQ is a radio station licensed to Detroit, Michigan. Owned by Cumulus Media, it broadcasts a country music format. Its studios are located in the Fisher Building in New Center, while its transmitter is located at the intersection of 10 Mile and Greenfield Road in suburban Oak Park.
Urban adult contemporary is the name for a format of radio music, similar to an urban contemporary format. Radio stations using this format usually would not have hip hop music on their playlists, and generally include some mix of contemporary R&B and traditional R&B.
Rhythmic contemporary, also known as Rhythmic Top 40, Rhythmic CHR or rhythmic crossover, is a primarily American music-radio format that includes a mix of EDM, upbeat rhythmic pop, hip hop and upbeat R&B hits. Rhythmic contemporary never uses rock or country in its airplay, but it may occasionally use a reggae, Latin, reggaeton, or a Christian/gospel hit. Essentially, the format is a cross between mainstream radio and urban contemporary radio formats.
CIDR-FM is a commercial Canadian radio station in Windsor, Ontario, targeting listeners in both the Windsor and Metro Detroit radio markets. It is owned and operated by Bell Media. The studios and offices are located on Ouellette Avenue in Windsor while its transmitter is located south of Windsor.
WZMX, better known as "Hot 93.7" is an urban-leaning Rhythmic Contemporary station licensed to Hartford, Connecticut, in the United States. The Entercom-owned outlet transmits on 93.7 megahertz. The station's current slogan is "Hartford's #1 for Hip-Hop and R&B". Its transmitter is located in Meriden, Connecticut, and it has studios are located on Executive Drive in Farmington, Connecticut, shared with Entercom's other radio stations in the market.
KISQ, is a commercial Soft Adult Contemporary FM radio station licensed to San Francisco, California and owned by iHeartMedia. The transmitter is in Mount Beacon atop the Marin Headlands above Sausalito, California, while its studios are in the SoMa district of San Francisco.
Rhythmic adult contemporary is an adult contemporary radio format. The format focuses primarily on rhythmic hits aimed towards an adult audience, often resembling a mixture of the classic hits and hot adult contemporary formats in practice. It typically focuses on genres such as disco, classic hip-hop, dance pop, and house music of the late 1980s/early 1990s.
Rhythmic oldies is a radio format that concentrates on the rhythmic, disco, or dance genres of music. Playlists can span from the 1960s through the 1990s and, depending on market conditions, may be designed for African-American or Hispanic audiences. It is also referred to as "Jammin' Oldies" or "Music From Back in the Day" by various radio stations. Since the late 2000s, much of the library in the "rhythmic oldies" format has been adopted by the classic hits format. A variation on the format is urban oldies.
This is a list of media in Lexington, Kentucky, United States.
Nassau Broadcasting Partners LP was a company based in Princeton, New Jersey that owned radio stations in New England and the Mid-Atlantic United States. Nassau's stations, which included both AM and FM frequencies, were located in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The company was owned and headed by Louis F. Mercatanti. Nassau was predominantly an operator of radio stations in medium and small markets. Nassau formerly owned radio station WCRB in Waltham, a Boston suburb, and located in the Boston market, the 11th largest radio market in the US, according to BIA Financial Network. However that station was sold to WGBH in 2009. Nassau operated radio stations in substantially all of the major formats. The company's most common format was classic rock/classic hits. On October 13, 2011 Nassau Broadcasting entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after their senior lenders petitioned for an involuntary Chapter 7 liquidation in September. The stations were auctioned to various bidders in May 2012 subject to bankruptcy judge and FCC approval. Nassau's last station, WPLY in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, lost its license in 2014 after having shut down in 2011.
KOLZ is a commercial radio station located in Corrales, New Mexico, United States, broadcasting to the Albuquerque area. It broadcasts at full power from a tower atop Nine Mile Hill west of Albuquerque, with studios located in Northeast Albuquerque and is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc..
WLZW, branded as Lite 98-7, is an Adult Contemporary radio station in Utica, New York. The station is owned by Townsquare Media as part of a cluster with news-talk station WIBX, country-formatted WFRG, classic hits station WODZ, and classic rock-formatted WOUR.
The year 2000 in radio involved some significant events.
The year 1999 in radio involved some significant events.
The year 1993 in radio involved some significant events.
In North American music, adult contemporary music (AC) is a form of radio-played popular music, ranging from 1960s vocal and 1970s soft rock music to predominantly ballad-heavy music of the present day, with varying degrees of easy listening, pop, soul, rhythm and blues, quiet storm, and rock influence. Adult contemporary is generally a continuation of the easy listening and soft rock style that became popular in the 1960s and 1970s with some adjustments that reflect the evolution of pop/rock music.
WMOV-FM is a broadcast radio station licensed to Norfolk, Virginia, serving Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina. WMOV-FM is owned and operated by iHeartMedia. WMOV's studios are located on Norfolk Square, while its transmitter is located in Chesapeake.