Several years ago a Charlotte, NC FM radio station changed its format and tagline(again). Now known as 95.7 “The Ride” it plays almost non-stop primarily songs from the ’60s and ’70s including many that weren’t necessarily in heavy rotation back in those years. A little but more obscure if you will, an example I heard yesterday was Richie Havens version of “Here Comes The Sun”. I listen to the station only while working in my garage. (I think Atlanta has a relatively new station with a similar format called “the River”)
Back in 1969 my wife used her parent’s Sony reel-to-reel tape deck to record several hours of an Orlando, FL AM radio station (WLOF – 950). When her parents downsized their living quarters my wife ended up with the deck and tapes. I find it interesting to listen and remember how “top forty” radio sounded back then. (I was a WAPE – 690 AM, “The Big Ape” Jacksonville, FL listener in 1969) Recently replaying the old tape after just hearing “The Ride” it finally dawned on me that even though the new format is almost narcotic in how it plays on my feelings of nostalgia for the old music I grew up with (thru college) the one thing it lacks is any sort if personality as put across portrayed by the DJ. It sounds very sterile when I stop to think about it. I might as well be playing my albums or CDs.