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Memo to WCBS-FM: Please Pull Back on the Countdowns

There was a time when hearing a countdown on the radio meant something special. No matter whether the countdown was created by management or listeners, it was enjoyable radio. It was usually set aside for a long holiday weekend, one time or maybe twice a year.

For most stations, that’s still the case.

But WCBS-FM has ruined a good thing. The popular Classic Hits station is a well-oiled machine during the week, there’s no denying that. Some of the city’s best DJs play the familiar hits from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s (although the accent is clearly on the latter two decades). 

Into the weekend, the station changes gears. At first earshot, though, it appears that nothing is different. The regular DJs are on the air (“Broadway” Bill Lee and Ron Parker among them). Even the music is the same, or at least, primarily within the usual parameters.

However, this highly professional, and successful (consistently number two in overall Arbitron ratings) station, almost becomes a caricature of itself. Read more

WCBS-FM Evening DJ Ron Parker a Good Fit for Station, Listeners

Joining some big names in New York radio, WCBS-FM evening DJ Ron Parker has found his own niche with audiences.

Parker has been with CBS-FM since shortly after the station went back to Classic Hits from the jockless “Jack” format in 2007.

At the time, Parker wasn’t too familiar with listeners. But he wasn’t a complete novice either. He did some fill-in work at Z100 in 1991.

Parker, a Bronx native who also lived in New Jersey growing up, got a radio greats crash course every day.

“In those fine formidable teen years, I got a really good dose of 1010 WINS, WABC, WMCA,” Parker remembers. “Like any young kid who wanted to get in radio… [I] just listened and taped the guys.”

He’s proud to still have many airchecks of the classic DJs in his collection.

Parker reminisces about meeting Dan Ingram and “Cousin” Brucie after the jump.

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