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In the picture today: typical 80s pop

lp2Talk TalkDum dum girl ~ synth pop, UK, 1984Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 1982-1987 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.



In the picture today: funky jazz of the 60s

lp2Quartette Tres BienBoss tres bien ~ jazz/funk, USA, 1964Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 1964-1971 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.



In the picture today: some late 90s hip hop

lp2Roots ManuvaInna ~ hip hop, UK, 1999Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 1997-2001 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.



Good Vibrations’ old format is back

lp4About 6 months ago I changed the station into a danceable station, because of being frustrated about the limitations of the (back then) new Radionomy software in combination with the way I used to manage my station; a more narrow format seemed easier to maintain.

The old format is more-or-less back now, although compared to 1 year ago less obvious focussing on ‘feelgood’. This caused some issues when it comes to the voice-over archives, when making jingles – but I’ve found at least sóme still usable lines.

Altering the male voices I make use of (at the moment the one I used 1 year ago already + in the future that English sounding voice of the dance format for specific genre hours) is a new female voice; putting everything together 24/7.

Anyway – why is the pop and rock music back?

  • A) Musicwise the danceable format wasn’t satisfying for myself; after some weeks I longed for some more ‘serious’ sounds already. I didn’t listen much to my own station anymore, it sounded more like the Wwzapper of 2001 (tastewise) than like the Wwzapper of 2015.
  • B) I’ve lost more than half of my audience while not getting a néw audience. A semi 90s (commercial) dance format seems hard to listen to –> even after changing the important hours between 8am and 11am in ‘only the biggest classics’, as safe as playing mainstream dance can be. When this move didn’t work out, I started uploading those old pop and rock tracks again. There will be added more in the future, btw.
  • And C) I’ve found tricks to set up a pop/variety format in a less complicated way; while still sounding fluent ánd constructed with the current Radionomy software.

The future will tell if it’s possible for the station to ‘come back’ and keep enough hours to exist (there’s a 120 listening hours a day limit at Radionomy), but keeping the danceable format would for súre be the dead of the station. The development of the stats was quite worrying.

 



In the picture today: bluesy rock of the 60s

lp2Cuby And The BlizzardsWindow of my eyes ~ rock, The Netherlands, 1968Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 1964-1971 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.



In the picture today: an early 80s ‘camping disco’ tune

lp2Marcos ValleEstrelar ~ disco, Brazil, 1983Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 1982-1987 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.



In the picture today: a late 90s rock classic

lp2BlurCoffe and tv ~ rock, UK, 1999Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 1997-2001 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.



In the picture today: an early 70s rock song

lp2Led ZeppelinImmigrant song ~ rock, UK, 1970Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 1964-1971 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.



In the picture today: something exotic of the mid 00s

lp2Seu JorgeTive razão (I was right) ~ world music, Brazil, 2005Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 2002-2006 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.

Note: For a great live version of the song, search for ‘Montreux 2005’.



In the picture today: a folk song of the early 70s

lp2Cat StevensLady d’Arbanville ~ folk, UK, 1970Listen at YT

This track is a quite recent addition to the 1964-1971 lists. Clicking the year will bring you many other tracks of the same era.