1986 again. This week, the first week of May. We're all very lucky to be hearing it this week. They had a last minute problem with a segment that kept us from getting it into the computer until minutes before the show aired. We didn't get the correction until today. I was entering this weeks show AS the show was starting!
You might be trying the Streamer method of listening. I prefer the Ustream method. Just click the little play icon on the Ustream box. You can also search for "WQMA" at www.ustream.tv
KKPK has dropped the current Hot AC version of Dees in favor of the 80s replays. I usually tune in for a little bit of Hot AC Dees after AT40 The 80s on WQSR, and tuned in tonight to find Rick playing the same 1986 songs I just heard Casey play!
At one point an unnamed announcer said we were flashing back to 1986, but I couldn't tell if it was part of Rick's content or part of the local content inserted by the station.
The show sounded good, but the constant unannounced extras before each segment to make the show five hours in length sound odd. I understand the purpose of the optional extras on the Casey shows, but these extras on Rick's show just sound weird. And I don't understand why they want the show to be five hours in length. I listened for about an hour, and they actually started to annoy me a little simply because they were so frequent. I enjoy the optionals on AT40 The 70s & 80s because it's a song that is relevant to the countdown being played, and Larry Morgan intros and outros the song just as Casey would. These are just random 80s songs, not even necessarily from the year of the show being played, with nothing more than a Weekly Top 40 sweeper from the current shows with some jingle singers shouting "80s!" edited in at the very end.
All in all, I'll probably tune in from time to time, but it wont be a weekly ritual like AT40 The 80s. Especially since last night was 1986 yet again, and it seems as if that is all they play.
From what I read in this thread, the extras would need to be from other years because all they play for a countdown is 1986. That's the only way they can keep the show as fresh as a retro countdown can be.
As we approach September, I am very curious what happens at the end of this year. Will we move into 1987? (Or another year besides 1986...) If so, this is a collectors dream. A chance to archive entire months/years of 80's Rick Dees Weekly Top 40.
If this show stays in 1986 next year, I'd be unhappy with that decision...