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 players would contemplate, but even a commercial versions of a “variety” station like Jack was 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 the usual localised version of the standard Dawn French welcome to Greatest Hits intro and a bespoke Andy Crane welcome 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 the proper Jack FM era before that).

 

Analysis: 26 days, up to 14-06-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8004
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 5697
Variety factor for this station is : 71.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 1696 Songs (29.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 603 MOST played songs (10.5% of the total)
or 2667 LEAST played songs (46.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h
10th most played song airs every: 17h 49m
603rd most played song airs every: 13d 0h
1696th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 5624 (98.7%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
137 after 24 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6429
..in 3 months: 16082, in 6 months: 28508
..in 9 months: 38763, in 12 months: 49966

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [52 plays] Nas & DJ Premier – Define My Name
2 [49 plays] Fat Dog – Running
3 [47 plays] Angelica Garcia – Gemini
4 [44 plays] Shy FX & Mr. Williamz – Gideon’s Charge (feat. KINGH)
5= [41 plays] each for…
+ Lava La Rue – LOVEBITES
+ Madlib – REEKYOD (feat. Black Thought & Your Old Droog)
7 [40 plays] Amyl and the Sniffers – U Should Not Be Doin That
8 [39 plays] James Blake – Thrown Around
9 [37 plays] CMAT – Aw, Shoot!
10 [35 plays] beabadoobee – Take A Bite

Analysis: 23 days, up to 14-06-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7828
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3294
Variety factor for this station is : 42%

50% OF PLAYS is 949 Songs (28.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 556 MOST played songs (16.8% of the total)
or 1894 LEAST played songs (57.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 15h 25m
10th most played song airs every: 2d 21h
556th most played song airs every: 5d 18h
949th most played song airs every: 7d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3213 (97.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
38 after 21 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3475
..in 3 months: 4530, in 6 months: 5073
..in 9 months: 5469, in 12 months: 5780

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [14 plays] Snow White / The Seven Dwarfs – Heigh Ho
2 [11 plays] Sound Of Music – Do-Re-Mi
3= [9 plays] each for…
+ Jive Bunny / The Mastermixers – Swing The Mood
+ Take That – These Days
5= [8 plays] each for…
+ Basshunter – Now You’re Gone
+ Jive Bunny / The Mastermixers – Can Can You Party
+ Olivia Newton-John – A Little More Love
+ Roy Orbison – You Got It
+ Smokie – Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me
+ Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around

Analysis: 25 days, up to 14-06-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5660
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3102
Variety factor for this station is : 54.8%

50% OF PLAYS is 579 Songs (18.6% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 259 MOST played songs (8.3% of the total)
or 1887 LEAST played songs (60.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 19m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 7h 34m
259th most played song airs every: 6d 6h
579th most played song airs every: 12d 12h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2975 (95.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
60 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3525
..in 3 months: 7352, in 6 months: 11898
..in 9 months: 15638, in 12 months: 18718

Top 11 Most Played:

1 [53 plays] Tom Misch – Insecure
2 [48 plays] Gregory Porter – The World
3= [43 plays] each for…
+ Emily Saunders – Sideways
+ Ezra Collective – Ajala
5= [32 plays] each for…
+ Chris Bangs – Affirmation
+ Jon Batiste – Good Life
7 [30 plays] Zara McFarlane – The Mystery of Man
8 [29 plays] Earth-O-Naut – This River
9 [27 plays] Mama Terra – Novo
10= [19 plays] each for…
+ Ashley Henry – Mississippi Goddam
+ Lalah Hathaway – So In Love

Analysis: 26 days, up to 14-06-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 10563
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 4470
Variety factor for this station is : 42.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 760 Songs (17% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 320 MOST played songs (7.1% of the total)
or 2985 LEAST played songs (66.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 2m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 36m
320th most played song airs every: 5d 4h 48m
760th most played song airs every: 8d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 4181 (93.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
89 after 17 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 4874
..in 3 months: 8845, in 6 months: 13004
..in 9 months: 16099, in 12 months: 19331

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [69 plays] DJ LYAN, Juss Nandhra & Khushi K – Kokka
2 [56 plays] King & Jason Derulo – Bumpa
3 [51 plays] Farooq Got Audio, Sliime, Shreya Ghoshal & Kavita Krishnamurthy – Welcome to the Party (Dola Re)
4 [50 plays] Tegi Pannu & Prem Lata – Forever
5 [47 plays] Sukha & Manni Sandhu – Sangdi
6 [44 plays] Sabri Sisters & Rozeo – Maghron La
7= [42 plays] each for…
+ DESI TRILL & Mumzy Stranger – Rekha
+ Dr Zeus, Ashu Sidhu & Legha – Woah
9 [41 plays] Vidya Vox – Sundari
10 [40 plays] Jaani & Mohammed Faiz – Dekhha Tenu

Analysis: 26 days, up to 14-06-2024
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 11661
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 76
Variety factor for this station is : 0.6%

50% OF PLAYS is 25 Songs (32.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 16 MOST played songs (21% of the total)
or 42 LEAST played songs (55.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2h 19m
10th most played song airs every: 2h 32m
16th most played song airs every: 2h 43m
25th most played song airs every: 2h 47m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2 (2.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 5 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 76
..in 3 months: 77, in 6 months: 88
..in 9 months: 92, in 12 months: 101

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [269 plays] Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad
2 [253 plays] Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
3= [252 plays] each for…
+ John Lennon / Yoko Ono – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
+ Kelly Clarkson – Underneath The Tree
+ Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
+ Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
7 [251 plays] Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone
8= [249 plays] each for…
+ Andy Williams – The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
+ Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody
10 [245 plays] Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

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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