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