Originally Posted by cinredsfan2000
Thanks for that info R4Blue I always sort of chalked it up to lazy d.j.'s and lazy listeners just clamoring for the hits
Yep, Revering4Blue is right, although the trend started even before the mega-conglomerates got going. This was one of the things I learned back in school, before I realized I wasn't destined to be the next Dr. Johnny Fever or Andy Travis, and got a real job instead... the philosophies of programming a radio station and selling records are completely different. Record sales are about positive action -- "buy this song/album." Radio is about the negative action -- "don't touch that dial." Ratings are driven by people who leave the station on all day, and ratings = money. So the programmers focus on filtering out songs that drive people to change the station -- and in a classic rock format, by now they know how the public will react to anything they play.
But as others have noted, there's a "short term gain, long term pain" effect. By restricting the playlists to that degree, they just hasten the "stale" factor and the format's eventual demise. Same thing happened a decade or two back with the oldies stations (playlist: the period between "Rock Around The Clock" and "Sgt. Pepper") -- after awhile, the playlist had been trimmed to only the most familiar tunes, a fourth of which were by the Beatles, and now everyone who wants to hear good stuff from the '50s and '60s listens to XM/Sirius or Pandora. (Insert "aging demographic" joke here)