Bring Back The Oldies!!

Have I mentioned lately that I HATE CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS!!

Driving home from work yesterday I was flipping through the radio stations and when I hit the preset button for Big 100 FM there was Spanish music coming out of my speakers. For a moment I thought I had come in during a commercial, but then it kept going and going. Then I thought I must have accidentally messed up the preset button, but that turned out not to be the case either.

What DID happen was that Clear Anal, I mean Clear Channel, had abruptly and with no advance notice, switched WEBG 100 FM from an oldies rock and roll format to a Hispanic format.

Now, I have nothing against Spanish music. It’s not what I normally listen to, but I sure like to watch the ladies dancing to it. My gripe is that there are plenty of other Hispanic music format stations in Orlando but there are NO other oldies rock and roll music format stations in this market.

Not surprisingly, according to an article in today’s Orlando Sentinel Money section, the change over is all about the benjamins. More can be made by playing for the locally increasing Hispanic population. I understand that, it’s a huge market to tap, but it’s not like they were LOSING money with the oldies format. They just are being a good unfeeling corporation and doing what they feel will make them MORE money. Greedy bastards!

Here’s the e-mail I (and every other oldies fan who subscribed) received from former Program Director J.J. Duling entitled “A Farewell Note From Big 100”:

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for over five years of incredible support. We are saddened that BIG 100 is gone– we were as surprised as you by all this. Show Business can be kind of funny like that sometimes. Your friends at BIG 100 hope ‘The BIGgest Hits’ will resurface somewhere on the radio dial in Central Florida soon.

So, on behalf of Mike Harvey, Deanne Schulz, Dave Kelly, Chris Rivers, Bob Berry, Bill Barber, Dave Matthews, Uncle Johnny, Tom Kent and Joe Johnson from Beatle Brunch, thank you for your thoughts, prayers and good wishes and thank you for an amazing rock & roll journey here in Central Florida.

JJ Duling, BIG 100 Program Director

That’s the hope I’m holding onto, the Orlando market needs an oldies format radio station and perhaps one of the other stations will switch to that format, hopefully in the near future.

Have I mentioned lately that I HATE CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS!!

106 Comments so far

  1. Pedro (unregistered) on January 7th, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    I have not written in a long time,I will let you all know that I moved out of Orlando about 2 months ago to Seattle,and to my surprise I found a great oldies station,its 97.3fm{KBSG},I know it will never be like Big 100,but it comes pretty close,I hope the station decides to broadcast online so you all can stop listening to the horrible adult contemporary stations of Orlando.

  2. Rose (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

    I have not written at all but, was very upset when they took off the oldies music. I just happened to come across this site today while hunting for an oldies station. I was trying to get one from the Philly area but, they do not seem to be online. I would like any suggestions for an oldies station around Orlando, if anybody knows of any. I would really appreciate the info. WMMO is okay but they play almost the same stuff every day. It is really ironic when the most poplular DVD’s are of the old TV shows. And, then they go and take away oldies music.

  3. Rick (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    Well better than nothing. AM 810 is now playing oldies in Orlando. (“The True Oldies Station”)
    Looks like mostly “60’s” music. I actually enjoy the AM radio. It has that 60’s sound to it.

  4. Al (unregistered) on January 25th, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

    20 percent of the top 100 markets are now without Oldies stations. People need their oldies, and if your local radio broadcasting community is not going to provide it, then internet radio is right here to serve up what they are looking for.

    Most internet radio stations don’t have all the flash and bells and whistles you find on commercial stations, but I think there are some really exceptional stations offering surprisingly satisfying musical selections.

    If I may be permitted, there is my own,, and many others that you can easily find by browsing.

  5. JERRY (unregistered) on February 8th, 2006 @ 7:53 pm


  6. Russell in Cocoa (unregistered) on February 17th, 2006 @ 12:45 pm

    The arrival of 810 AM (currently playing scratchy oldies) has actually caused even more damage:

    810 was the frequency on which people in Central Florida could hear wonderful music and features — IN ENGLISH — on their car or home radios coming from the Bahamas via radio station “ZNS-3” in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

    Now Clear Channel’s heavy-handed decision has wiped out that long-time radio option for all of us around here. (There are only two other AM radio stations in the Bahamas, and they are much further south on Nassau — not audible here.)

    Screw Queer Channel. Bring anti-trust actions against ’em. Change the FCC rules to make ’em divest all but ten of their stations. Boycott their stations — and their advertisers…

    Russell in Cocoa

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