Broader Range stns & others that don’t fit our neat categories!

Ok, so we’ve got some stations that have basically made it plain that they are throwing the usual radio rule book out of the window, and are setting out to play a whole load of different stuff and/or up the variety stakes, plus a couple of others, Jazz FM (Bauer) and BBC Asian Network which plough their own furrow and don’t really have any direct UK competitors with such a wide national coverage.

Of the “big variety” genre stations, even the one with the smallest playlist, Jack FM, was actually playing about double the number of songs that most mainstream would contemplate, but even these commercial “variety” stations are completely dwarfed by BBC 6 Music with a shelf groaning 6000 distinct songs played in 30 days! The non corporately owned Cheesy FM, it turns out, is not just home to some guilty pleasures but in fact has a pretty wide spectrum of songs it is prepared to wheel out too! 

Yes, Heart Xmas DOES run throughout the year (!), but Sam FM in Bristol ceased to exist from 6th Sept 2021. It was a “Jack” type station which Bauer had inherited a few years previously, and it was only a matter of time before they were going to close it and use the transmitters for one of their already established “brands.” In the build up to transferring it to the Hits Network, it’s broad playlist was narrowed about 3 months before the closure, then with one month to go the music style was mostly “flipped” from oldies with lots of variety, to a tighter and more contemporary list of songs. We keep the SAM listing below for nostalgia lovers (!), but the analysis shown is from the last month that Sam still did it’s own thing and not what the new Hits masters were telling it to! 

Jack FM in Oxfordshire was similarly bought by Bauer and then bit the dust on Sun 29th Oct 2023 at 10pm. Two of the last songs played were the Reynolds Girls, “I’d rather Jack, than Fleetwood Mac” (a subtle dig at the Greatest Hits Radio replacement) and Ray Charles “Hit the Road, Jack, and don’t you come back no more..”, Aaah, so some thought clearly went into Jack’s last gasps… This was followed by some bespoke Dawn French and Andy Crane welcomes to the new order, which promptly then crashed off air for the next 45 minutes until someone could recover it… clearly this was to demonstrate to the listeners how the Bauer networking was likely to behave going forward from there, so to get used to long gaps or stuff crashing over other stuff etc, and nobody paying much attention to what is actually going out on air! An older typical Jack FM sample is included in our list here… (… for the last few weeks they were certainly in “GHR is coming” mode rather than the previous diet of slightly more edgy Jack standards, so it’s from before that).

 

Analysis: 26 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7745
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 5737
Variety factor for this station is : 74%

50% OF PLAYS is 1865 Songs (32.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 663 MOST played songs (11.5% of the total)
or 2582 LEAST played songs (45% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 14h 51m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 30m
663rd most played song airs every: 13d 0h
1865th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 5666 (98.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
147 after 18 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6778
..in 3 months: 16773, in 6 months: 29643
..in 9 months: 41238, in 12 months: 51768

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [42 plays] Kaeto – No Body
2= [39 plays] each for…
+ Bill Ryder-Jones – If Tomorrow Starts Without Me
+ Genesis Owusu – Survivor
4= [36 plays] each for…
+ Jane Weaver – Love In Constant Spectacle
+ Real Estate – Water Underground
6= [35 plays] each for…
+ NewDad – Nightmares
+ PJ Harvey – I Inside the Old I Dying
8= [32 plays] each for…
+ Cakes da Killa – CAKEWALK
+ Sampha – Suspended
+ Tirzah – F22

Analysis: 26 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8974
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3354
Variety factor for this station is : 37.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 941 Songs (28% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 567 MOST played songs (16.9% of the total)
or 1915 LEAST played songs (57% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 3h 7m
10th most played song airs every: 3d 6h
567th most played song airs every: 6d 12h
941st most played song airs every: 6d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3174 (94.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
18 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3433
..in 3 months: 3924, in 6 months: 4462
..in 9 months: 4865, in 12 months: 5106

Top 15 Most Played:

1 [23 plays] Snow White – Heigh Ho
2 [16 plays] Sound Of Music – Do-Re-Me
3= [10 plays] each for…
+ Roy Orbison – You Got It
+ Smokie – Dont Play Your Rock N Roll To Me
5= [8 plays] each for…
+ Bee Gees – Alone
+ Black Lace – Do The Conga
+ Darius – Colourblind
+ Diana Ross – Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
+ Enrique Iglesias – Bailamos
+ Jive Bunny – Swing The Mood
+ Len – Steal My Sunshine
+ Olivia Newton-John – A Little More Love
+ Technotronic – Get Up (Before The Night Is Over)
+ Texas – Say What You Want
+ Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around

Analysis: 23 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5648
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2772
Variety factor for this station is : 49%

50% OF PLAYS is 461 Songs (16.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 201 MOST played songs (7.2% of the total)
or 1876 LEAST played songs (67.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 12m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 1h 5m
201st most played song airs every: 4d 14h 24m
461st most played song airs every: 7d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2602 (93.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
70 after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3445
..in 3 months: 7288, in 6 months: 11478
..in 9 months: 14831, in 12 months: 17847

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [60 plays] Alice Russell – Rain
2 [59 plays] Izo Fitzroy – Love and Affection
3 [45 plays] Incognito – Into You
4 [41 plays] Adi Oasis and Samm Heanshaw – Serena
5 [35 plays] Cyrille Aimee – Back to You
6 [32 plays] Yussef Dayes – The Colour Purple
7 [30 plays] Liam Bailey – Dance With Me
8 [26 plays] Sophie Faith – Freudian Slips
9 [24 plays] John Michael Bradford – Wally’s Joint
10 [22 plays] Baltic Jazz Recordings – Burden Revisioned

Analysis: 24 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 10804
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4298
Variety factor for this station is : 39.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 712 Songs (16.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 310 MOST played songs (7.2% of the total)
or 2916 LEAST played songs (67.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h 31m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 27m
310th most played song airs every: 4d 0h
712th most played song airs every: 6d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3963 (92.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
73 after 15 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4950
..in 3 months: 9078, in 6 months: 12977
..in 9 months: 16332, in 12 months: 19092

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [46 plays] Shubh – King
2 [45 plays] Roach Killa, Arif Lohar & Deep Jandu – Aa
3 [44 plays] Sukha, Gurlez Akhtar & Chani Nattan – 8
4= [41 plays] each for…
+ F1rstman – D.D.D.M (Dakh Dakh Dil Mera)
+ S.A.M – 9 to 5
6 [40 plays] Diljit Dosanjh – Love Ya
7= [38 plays] each for…
+ Munraj – Chobra
+ Shubh – You and Me
+ SHVVN – I See You
10= [35 plays] each for…
+ JJ Esko – No Love
+ Raf-Saperra – Ranjha

Analysis: 25 days, up to 27-01-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 11185
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 75
Variety factor for this station is : 0.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 25 Songs (33.3% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 17 MOST played songs (22.6% of the total)
or 41 LEAST played songs (54.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 27m
10th most played song airs every: 2h 42m
17th most played song airs every: 2h 44m
25th most played song airs every: 2h 45m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1 (1.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 3 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 79
..in 3 months: 92, in 6 months: 93
..in 9 months: 103, in 12 months: 104

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [244 plays] John Lennon / Yoko Ono – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
2= [243 plays] each for…
+ Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
+ Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
4 [240 plays] Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
5 [238 plays] Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
6 [235 plays] Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
7 [231 plays] Pretenders – 2000 Miles
8 [225 plays] Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling
9 [224 plays] Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
10 [222 plays] Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree

Jack FM ceased broadcasting on 29th Oct 2023.
It was replaced by Greatest Hits Radio.
Here’s an analysis from earlier, before the Jack FM playlist was replaced by GHR music…

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7454
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 973
Variety factor for this station is : 13%

50% OF PLAYS is 236 Songs (24.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 143 MOST played songs (14.6% of the total)
or 622 LEAST played songs (63.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 16h 27m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 3h 25m
143rd most played song airs every: 1d 17h 8m
236th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 422 (43.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 993
..in 3 months: 1156, in 6 months: 1329
..in 9 months: 1527, in 12 months: 1764

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [35 plays] Elvis Aint Dead – Scouting For Girls
2 [25 plays] Wake Up Boo – Boo Radleys
3= [23 plays] each for…
+ Size Of A Cow – Wonderstuff
+ Turn Around – Phats And Small
5= [22 plays] each for…
+ A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
+ Mrs Robinson – Lemonheads
7= [21 plays] each for…
+ Brimful Of Asha (Remix) – Cornershop
+ Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
+ Gonna Make You Sweat – C/C Music Factory
+ Happy – Pharrell
+ Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
+ Ready To Go – Republica
+ Tubthumping – Chumbawamba
+ Two Can Play That Game – Bobby Brown

SAM FM ceased to exist on 6th Sept 21 (it’s now a Hits Network stn). As the playlist changed significantly through August in the build up to the Hits, this last analysis is from July 2021.

NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED 11089
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 615
Variety factor for this station is : 5.5%

50% OF PLAYS is 202 Songs (32.8% of the total)
Most played airs on avg every: 1d 3h 31m
10th most played song every: 1d 5h 15m
202nd most played song every: 1d 15h 0m

A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 128 MOST played songs (20.8% of the total)
or 332 LEAST played songs (53.9% of the total)
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 125 (20.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 8 DAYS

Most Played Top 13:

1= [34 plays] Bryan Adams – Run To You
1= [34 plays] Daryl Hall and John Oates – Maneater
1= [34 plays] Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
4= [33 plays] Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
4= [33 plays] Steve Winwood – Higher Love
4= [33 plays] T’Pau – China In Your Hand
4= [33 plays] Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
4= [33 plays] The La’s – There She Goes
4= [33 plays] Tina Turner – The Best
10= [32 plays] Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
10= [32 plays] Fleetwood Mac – Little Lies
10= [32 plays] James – Sit Down
10= [32 plays] Michael Jackson – Beat It

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