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Old 12-03-2019, 10:41 AM   #21
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Itís possible many of the Christmas songs are public domain and the radio station can air them without any royalty cost.
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That's why assistant producers get the big bucks
Old 12-03-2019, 11:04 AM   #22
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That's why assistant producers get the big bucks

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I've wondered about that but don't see how a fixed, narrow play list is cheaper. Surely the station equipment, electricity, and on-air talent are far more costly than having a playlist of thousands of songs rather than dozens. The song royalties are cheap, all are digitized by now, and a computer can just as easily play one from 1000 songs as it can from 36.
The last time I toured a radio station I was astonished by how much of what was broadcast was not actually live. Most of the content was canned and delivered via large robotic carousels full of tape cassettes - and that was 30 years ago!

Automation notwithstanding, some producer or assistant still had to build each day's schedule, with cues for talk/music/news/commercials/etc. The radio show I mentioned was carried on both "classic rock" and "country" format stations. They needed to synchronize each music break with a rock song and a country song of equal length. Once you've matched one Van Halen with one Garth Brooks, and nobody makes you vary them, you'd create a couple dozen matched pairs and from then on just mail it in.

I'm not saying it's a huge cost savings, but I am certain it's a pound-foolish one.
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:55 PM   #23
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I gave up on FM stations in my metro area. They are the worst. Now either talk radio or Pandora. If heavy traffic it’s Pandora so I don’t blow a gasket
There is a Canadian station we get here that’s not as bad as other stations, but my default is Pandora.

I also have a flash drive in my truck that holds all my music. It’s my second choice since I like some different music. However, it’s just a push button away so at least I know that no matter what, I can listen to some good (to me) music. Pandora is better if I have my phone plugged in so unless I hook up and get it going before I take off I’ll listen to something else. Not doing so is similar to texting and driving.
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Old 12-04-2019, 07:19 AM   #24
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Funny story about retail workers dealing with nonstop repetitive Xmas music showed up in my newsfeed today.

For Sean, a 13-year retail veteran, the worst part of the holiday shopping season isnít the increased crowds, rude customers or cold weather. Itís the nonstop Christmas music ó eight hours a day, every day. Worse yet, at Seanís store, the holiday cheer begins on November 1st. ďAn hour into the first day, Iím already nuts,Ē the 40-year-old tells me.
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