January 13, 2017

How would you like music to trend differently in your format this year?
Jeremy Rice, WBLI: It would be nice to see a couple of Pop Alternative hits. We need to continue to celebrate core artists and develop future core artists. A good balance of all types of hits is always important. I don’t like it when stuff gets too extreme (1995). Rhythmic/Pop, Pop, and Pop Dance always seem to be Top 40 friendly and sound great. It seems that millennials like this mid-tempo groove we’ve been in for about two years, I’d like to see some more up-tempo records that are PPM friendly and I will continue to welcome strong ballads. Some programmers don’t like ballads but you are being foolish if you take your personal taste and tempo over the likes and passion of your core audience. (Play the HITS!) Top 40 is awesome and we will continue to be the most listened to and most popular format period.

Eric Chase, WVKS: I'd like it to trend slightly down in CHR, to the point where programmers question where they get their product from, as opposed to hoping older records are the salvation. And then they have their 'ah ha' moment, and force air talent to do more prep and do bigger more exhaustive, entertaining shows. Listeners can find Rihanna “Umbrella” anywhere, but talent is unique.

Kid Jay, KGGI: At Rhythmic. More quality artists! I love Drake, Rihanna and The Weeknd, but they create a scheduling nightmares.


Paul Kelly, WWAC: I’d love to see our formats become more inclusive. Wider, broader…less narrow in musical style.

Fish Boy, WKRZ: I think music will change to a point where it’s going to reflect the attitude of what’s going on in the country politically. Not necessarily a Nirvana type of rebellion, but I think we’ll see something a little more edgy Rock-ish, more of an angry vibe like a political type of Green Day thing. But it’ll come from an artist we don’t know about yet.

Tony Waitekus, WHTQ: I want hits that have a variety of sounds.  Right now, we have some good tunes, but so much has the same kind of sound and tempo.

Twisted Todd, WTPT: I would love to see more bands like Ghost that are doing something different instead of being all cookie cutter.


Pat Martin, KRXQ: I would like to see (hear) more songs that don't fit into the typical "Active Rock" box. We all need songs that have a chance to get multi-format air play. If we keep our format narrow, we risk extinction. 
Sue O’Neil, WKSE: More Rhythm and less Rock/Alternative.

Tommy Chuck, WIHT: More true mass appeal hits than ever before!

JB King, KLUC: I look forward to more Rhythm and R&B tracks successfully crossing to TOP 40.



Dennis Martinez, WQMP: I think we are going to get more rhythmic product this year. seems to be the way we are going.

Matt “MJ” Johnson, KUDD: Top 40 has been on a really good run for the last few years and I just think a steady, balanced stream of product from all the sub-genres will keep Pop in a really good position.

Kobe, WWHT: I think there will be much more Rhythm hits at Pop this year. It started last year with the success of Drake breaking the door down to make it okay to play songs like “Black Beatles” all day and be real hits at Pop.

Chris K, KDND: I would like to see it trend toward better songwriting, with more musician involvement than producer involvement on the production side. Also, less EDM, because as hot as people think EDM is for the majority of my audience it’s not that big of ad deal.

Jon Zellner, iHeartMedia: Pop music always performs best when it encompasses all genres and doesn't lean too far from center.

Chris Michaels, FM 100: I’d like to see us find our next Andy Grammer and James Bay of the format this year. I also hope that artists like John Mayer, Train, and OneRepublic have a very successful year to help balance out our overall sound at the Hot AC format.

Terry O’Donnell, WKKF: Some high profile artist needs to embrace the French horn before it becomes obsolete.

Heather Deluca, WSJO: Hate to say it but I’d really like to see more of a truer separation between Hot AC and CHR. We’re all shopping in each other’s dirty laundry to an extent, lol. I’d like to see the John Mayers and Elle Kings of the world, and newer artists like James TW be given a real lane again to showcase their talents away from having to fight for space among EDM tracks.


Kobi, WNRW / WLGX: More collaborations that are actual hits!




Aaron Price, WSTW: Mike Rossi and I were just talking about the alternative crossover trend from a few years ago. I think that'd be fun again in 2017.

Mike Miller, WZFT: More songs with positive messages.

Java Joel, WAKS: It’d be nice to see mainstream R&B make a comeback on top 40. I’d also like it if labels stopped shoving shitty records by “beautiful people” down our throat. I don’t care that your artist is good looking and marketable. How does the song SOUND?

Jonathan Shuford, WRVW: More polka…plus more Ed Sheeran radio. I love that he has two totally different sounding records. We need more of that. Just evolution. Reinvention. He's a genius!

Mark Adams, KYLD/KIOI: I hope we see a resurgence in several lesser known, though no less remarkable and intriguing, genres of music heretofore unrepresented at both CHR and HAC. Including, Mathcore, Chiptune, Crunkcore, Spacesynth, and Epic Doom Metal.

Mike “OD” O’Donnell, WKRZ: Straight ahead Lady Gaga type Dance!




Brian Mack, WXXL: I’d like to see it trend more mainstream Top 40, that’ll keep things steady and safe.

Randi West, WFLZ/WMTX: I would rather see Hot AC develop its own artists and not have as many crossovers from Pop.  Love the Pop stuff, don’t misunderstand me, but I would like to see the Hot AC artist developed.

Gina Gray, WERO: Real music, not pre-made beats from a computer!




Lenny Diana, WAQY/WLXZ: Less one-dimensional ass-rock.
Next Week's Question Of The Week:
If you could only listen to one song and only watch one movie for the rest of your life (over and over), what would your choices be?
e-Mail your responses to: jodorisio@fmqb.com or bburke@fmqb.com


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