krcb header-tagline

support krcb button 2

Text Size

Your Favorite Songs, Abridged

Last Friday, a Top 40 radio station in Calgary, Alberta, introduced listeners to a new format. As one on-air stinger put it, "90.3 AMP:

Now twice the music."

When they say "twice the music," though, they actually mean half the song. That is, this station plays songs that have been heavily edited: long opening riffs, instrumental breaks, even a chorus or two might disappear. The goal, the station's representatives say, is to keep listeners from getting bored.

The programming man behind this venture is Steve Jones, vice president at the Canadian radio firm Newcap, who says the three- to five-minute pop song is out of date: a relic of the era of 45 RPM singles. Hear his conversation with NPR's Melissa Block at the audio link.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit

Original Source

Music News

Default Image
Oct 25

At 92, Charles Aznavour Is Still With His First Love — His Audience

When I tell people that I recently talked to Charles Aznavour, I tend to get two questions. First, from people of a certain age, those who remember where they were when JFK was shot: "Charles…
Default Image
Oct 24

Watch Andrew Bird And The National's Matt Berninger Cover Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day'

This intimate, completely unadorned cover of Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" will warm your heart. Andrew Bird and The National's Matt Berninger recorded the song together in Bird's living room; Bird…
Oct 23

Something Completely Heroic: Tuesday at 7 pm

To the extent that all of us have gone through the bizarre horrors how that was the three Clinton/Trump fiascos, I just know it'll be a great relief to spend some time with music about people who…
Default Image
Oct 23

Lil Wayne's Rikers Island Memoir Only Tells Half The Story

Lil Wayne's prison memoir, Gone Til November, is — like his two Sorry 4 The Wait mixtapes — framed as a stopgap offering to quell fan's appetites during an unexpectedly prolonged wait between…
Default Image
Oct 23

Run The Jewels Announces New Album, Shares 'Talk To Me'

Run The Jewels has always been heavy as hell, a hip-hop duo that can hang with leather-clad metalheads as much as the club. Killer Mike and El-P just dropped "Talk To Me," the first single from RTJ3…