The recent postings about the music industry have caused me to recall something that I've noticed about today's radio...
Whenever I turn on one of the 4 major pop/dance radio stations in NY, I currently have an 85 to 90 percent chance of hearing something that was in the top 10 in the late 70's or 80's.
Now here is what puzzles me... I always thought that the way records got played was throught promoters offering all kinds of incentives (ie. concert tickets, promotional events, various give-away goodies for the station) to
play the record with the backing of a record label budget.
But here is the rub, half of the tunes I hear on these stations AREN'T EVEN ON A MAJOR LABEL ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!! So, this begs the question; Who's promoting these old hits to these stations? I would think if I were a radio programer at one of these stations, I'd want to play something new that would bring in some type of promotion before I'd play a record that has no promotional push.
For example, in the last week I've heard Barry White played at least 3 times,
a bunch of "Freestyle" from the late 80's, and "Staying Alive" by the Bee Gees
more now than in 1976!!!!!!!
Where are the current labels with the current hits?
This situation has me totally baffled.