Excellent discussion, guys. I was hoping my comments from a few days ago would get some kind of a discussion going, more than just "the 90's ain't gonna happen, ever", and your comments have greatly exceeded my expectations. And my comment to you guys who love 80's music is don't be too smug about its staying power. I was born in the early 50's and my favorite music is from 64 to 67, and thirty years ago I switched from listening to Top 40 music to classic rock, which at that time was 1955-1975, and I was thinking it was great to be born in the middle of the baby boom generation because I "knew" that classic music from 55 to 75 would always be available on the radio because there were so many of us boomers around it would last for my lifetime. I didn't really believe that advertisers would start pulling the plug on us once we were no longer 18 to 49, the advertiser's preferred demographic. You can still find 60's music without trying too hard (thanks to the internet), but 50's music is much more difficult. You may not agree with me now, but when you are 55+, take a look around, things will be different. The 80's eventually will fall to where the 50's and 60's are now. The 90's may never be as popular as the 80's, but they will get their time in the sun and I believe it will be sooner rather than later. Time marches on.
It's nice to have an actual discussion that doesn't get hijacked by the fanboy behavior of some. When that stays out, we generally can have one.
Post by Shadoe Fan on May 12, 2016 14:29:01 GMT -5
I think the fracturing of the format in the 1990s is what makes it difficult to make a popular 1990s station. I followed AT40/CT40 through the early 1990s, so I like a lot of that music. I am not a fan of hip-hop/rap, which became popular outside of mainstream CHR during the decade. Others like that and hate the other stuff. Just among my friends (all about the same age), we do not agree on what was good music during the decade. One friend loves alternative, another hip-hop, etc. How do you program a station to cover that decade?
If you think the 90s has a problem, the 2000s to now has a much bigger one. Firstly, the same hip hop style your talking about in the 90s was a big part of music in the 2000s. But on top of that, there seems to be such a cotton candy aspect to CHR. It's on the radio when popular but as the song fades in initial popularity is nearly disappears altogether from the radio. Unlike in the past when songs that were popular would still be heard some during the week and then fade out completely a year or two later and only the most loved stay, these days that seems to be almost gone completely. I'm not sure anyone will much remember most of the music of the 2000s to have any real nostalgia for it.