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Charlotte’s a Pink Floyd kind of town

Who knew? That at least is one of the conclusions of Walt Hickey, writing for, based upon an analysis of the music played by 25 classic rock stations in the country’s top 30 radio markets. And yes, what such stations play varies widely by market. And it seems the station in the survey that plays the most Pink Floyd is Charlotte’s WRFX. The most popular band overall on classic rock stations? Led Zeppelin. The most popular songs? “Dream On” and “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith.

While the article contains many interesting insights, I find this one particularly fascinating:

“The Hispanic influx across the southern United States vastly changes the rock landscape,” [Eric Wellman, the classic rock brand manager for Clear Channel, and programming director for New York City’ WAXQ] said. “The common conventional wisdom is that Hispanics who listen to English-language rock like a significantly harder brand of English-language rock. In markets where that is an influence, you’ll see that.”

H/t: JAT and RH

2 Responses to “Charlotte’s a Pink Floyd kind of town”

  • Jul

    Back in my day …

    I was around during the heyday of WQDR, and one thing that’s so different from its time and the current Classic Rock format is that QDR would play back-catalog stuff from artists who had new releases. So when Fleetwood Mac’s black-and-white album came out, you’d hear “Rhiannon,” sure, but you’d also probably hear “Green Manalishi” or “Hynotized.” It was a fun time to be a rock music omnivore, that’s for certain.

    There also was a commercial station in Durham that was more free-form (can’t remember the call letters). They played more Dead stuff, and more local music, too. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee lived in Derm back then, and that station would dust off one of their records every now and then.

    Memories …

  • Jul

    I was a student in Chapel Hill when We Quit Doing Rock switched to country.

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