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

 

Ok, so we’ve got 4 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, is 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! 

Sam FM in Bristol ceased to exist from 6th September 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 more contemporary and a tighter 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 Hits was telling it to! 

 

Analysis: 27 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 8114
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 5902
Variety factor for this station is : 72.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 1846 Songs (31.2% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 646 MOST played songs (10.9% of the total)
or 2705 LEAST played songs (45.8% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 12h 57m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 36m
646th most played song airs every: 13d 12h
1846th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 5837 (98.8%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
156 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6365
..in 3 months: 15709, in 6 months: 27063
..in 9 months: 36450

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [50 plays] alt-J – U&ME
2 [45 plays] Coach Party – Flag
3= [42 plays] Bonobo – Rosewood
3= [42 plays] Gabriels – Blame
3= [42 plays] Jungle – All Of The Time
3= [42 plays] Little Simz – Point and Kill (feat. Obongjayar)
7= [41 plays] David Holmes – Hope Is The Last Thing To Die (feat. Raven)
7= [41 plays] Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – High And Lonesome
9 [40 plays] Michael Kiwanuka – Beautiful Life
10 [39 plays] Jack White – Taking Me Back

Analysis: 26 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 7602
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1136
Variety factor for this station is : 14.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 295 Songs (25.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 176 MOST played songs (15.4% of the total)
or 698 LEAST played songs (61.4% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 3h 7m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 8h 50m
176th most played song airs every: 2d 4h
295th most played song airs every: 2d 14h 24m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 502 (44.1%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
ZERO after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1150
..in 3 months: 1311, in 6 months: 1592

Top 13 Most Played:

1 [23 plays] Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
2 [22 plays] Joan Armatrading – Drop The Pilot
3= [20 plays] Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right
3= [20 plays] Blondie – Call Me
3= [20 plays] Dire Straits – Walk Of Life
3= [20 plays] Fleetwood Mac – Big Love
3= [20 plays] J Geils Band – Centrefold
3= [20 plays] John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
9= [19 plays] Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
9= [19 plays] Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
9= [19 plays] Kim Wilde – Kids In America
9= [19 plays] Simple Minds – Sanctify Yourself
9= [19 plays] Van Halen – Jump

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

Analysis: 25 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9418
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3183
Variety factor for this station is : 33.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 1020 Songs (32% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 628 MOST played songs (19.7% of the total)
or 1646 LEAST played songs (51.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2d 18h 40m
10th most played song airs every: 3d 3h
628th most played song airs every: 6d 6h
1020th most played song airs every: 6d 6h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3039 (95.4%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
8 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3203
..in 3 months: 3346, in 6 months: 3473
..in 9 months: 3609

Top 11 Most Played:

1= [9 plays] Berlin – Take My Breath Away
1= [9 plays] Various Artists – Perfect Day
3= [8 plays] 911 – A Little Bit More
3= [8 plays] Christopher Cross – Arthur’s Theme (Best That You…
3= [8 plays] Dina Carroll – It’S Too Late
3= [8 plays] Enigma – Sadness
3= [8 plays] KD Lang – Constant Craving
3= [8 plays] Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
3= [8 plays] The Beautiful South – A Little Time
3= [8 plays] Will To Power – Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird
3= [8 plays] Will Young – Evergreen

Analysis: 24 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5622
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2862
Variety factor for this station is : 50.9%

50% OF PLAYS is 537 Songs (18.7% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 241 MOST played songs (8.4% of the total)
or 1861 LEAST played songs (65% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 8h 13m
10th most played song airs every: 19h 12m
241st most played song airs every: 6d 0h
537th most played song airs every: 8d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2783 (97.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
53 after 22 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3329
..in 3 months: 6515, in 6 months: 10469
..in 9 months: 13663

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [70 plays] Emma-Jean Thackray – Spectre
2 [68 plays] Jon Batiste – Sing
3 [64 plays] Butcher Brown ft. Alex Isley – Remind Me
4 [55 plays] Kurt Elling – SuperBlue
5 [39 plays] MF Robots – Gold
6 [35 plays] Gregory Porter – I Will
7 [34 plays] Lalah Hathaway and Robert Glasper; – Show Me Your Soul
8= [30 plays] Blue Lab Beats – ‘Dat It’ ft. Kiefer
8= [30 plays] Moonchild – Too Good
8= [30 plays] Secret Night Gang – Wanna Be With You

Analysis: 27 days, up to 18-11-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 9928
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3202
Variety factor for this station is : 32.2%

50% OF PLAYS is 420 Songs (13.1% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 168 MOST played songs (5.2% of the total)
or 2331 LEAST played songs (72.7% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 10m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 25m
168th most played song airs every: 2d 16h 48m
420th most played song airs every: 5d 9h 36m
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2858 (89.2%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
46 after 23 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3455
..in 3 months: 6053, in 6 months: 8809

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [58 plays] Tegi Pannu & Manni Sandhu – Fully Loaded
2 [57 plays] Shipra Goyal, Arjan Dhillon & Dr Zeus – Koke
3 [54 plays] Sama Blake – Big Thing
4 [52 plays] Diljit Dosanjh – Vibe
5 [49 plays] Asees Kaur, IP Singh, Dev Negi & Sachin-Jigar – Bansuri
6 [47 plays] Rishi Rich & Rush Toor – Zakham
7 [46 plays] Ezu & Karan Aujla – She On It
8= [43 plays] Arjun, Amar Sandhu & Raxstar – Screwing It Up
8= [43 plays] JJ Esko – Drill N Rap
10 [42 plays] Middlebury College Dissipated Eight – Reason

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