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Date Posted: 11:47:45 08/24/15 Mon
Author: Ed Salamon
Subject: Re: Music rotation
In reply to: Oldies Dave 's message, "Music rotation" on 19:02:56 08/22/15 Sat

When I was music director at KDKA (1971-73) the music was half current and half gold. I pre-programmed all the currents and packaged the oldies for the hour (we were playing from discs). Air talent could shift the gold around for timing purposes within the hour. Jack Bogut had more leeway and had specialty material ("Southside Pittsburgh" by Davey Daye, "Slithery Dee" by Shel Silverstein, etc.) that was only played on his show. Jim Horn programmed his Sunday AM Jazz show himself. When Joel Zell took that slot over, I pre-programmed theme sets, but I recall he programmed some others.
Currents were selected each week by a music committee of me, the pd, production director and another or two. I selected the oldies library, which is why you heard Pittsburgh oldies like "High On A Hill" by Scott English and Pittsburgh only hits like "Walk" by the Fenways, etc.
When I became program director at WEEP (1973-75)I selected all of the music for that station, also programmed 50/50 currents to gold. Currents were pre-programmed and oldies rotated evenly through pre-sorted categories. Air talent were supposed to play the next record in the category when it came up on the clock (WEEP was likewise playing non-currents from records) unless not possible because of timing. When we hired Robbie Roman to play "progressive country" at night, he programmed whatever he wanted from a library of tracks that I had selected.

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