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: 14 days, up to 17-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4160
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 3176
Variety factor for this station is : 76.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 1097 Songs (34.5% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 403 MOST played songs (12.6% of the total)
or 1387 LEAST played songs (43.6% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 11h 35m
10th most played song airs every: 16h 48m
403rd most played song only played once
1097th most played song only played once
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 3134 (98.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
160 after 9 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 6171
..in 3 months: 15461, in 6 months: 26769

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [29 plays] Little Simz – I Love You, I Hate You
2 [28 plays] Afflecks Palace – Carpe Diem
3= [26 plays] Lucy Dacus – First Time
3= [26 plays] The Linda Lindas – Oh!
5 [25 plays] Public Service Broadcasting – Blue Heaven (feat. Andreya Casablanca)
6= [22 plays] Nation Of Language – This Fractured Mind
6= [22 plays] Park Hye-Jin – Lets Sing Lets Dance
8= [21 plays] Gotts Street Park – Diego
8= [21 plays] Joy Orbison & Léa Sen – Better
10 [20 plays] Unknown Mortal Orchestra – That Life

Analysis: 14 days, up to 19-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4088
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1027
Variety factor for this station is : 25.1%

50% OF PLAYS is 277 Songs (26.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 165 MOST played songs (16% of the total)
or 617 LEAST played songs (60% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 1d 1h 50m
10th most played song airs every: 1d 6h 32m
165th most played song airs every: 2d 0h
277th most played song airs every: 2d 8h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 735 (71.5%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
15 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 1173
..in 3 months: 1355, in 6 months: 1851

Top 14 Most Played:

1 [13 plays] Fleetwood Mac – Big Love
2= [12 plays] John Farnham – You’re The Voice
2= [12 plays] Pretenders – Message Of Love
2= [12 plays] Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
2= [12 plays] Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
6= [11 plays] Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
6= [11 plays] Blondie – Call Me
6= [11 plays] Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
6= [11 plays] Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights
6= [11 plays] Kula Shaker – Hush
6= [11 plays] Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
6= [11 plays] The Script – Superheroes
6= [11 plays] U2 – Even Better Then The Real Thing
6= [11 plays] Vic Reeves / Wonderstuff – Dizzy

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: 14 days, up to 19-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 5264
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2912
Variety factor for this station is : 55.3%

50% OF PLAYS is 960 Songs (32.9% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 545 MOST played songs (18.7% of the total)
or 1514 LEAST played songs (51.9% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 2d 8h
10th most played song airs every: 2d 19h 12m
545th most played song airs every: 4d 16h
960th most played song airs every: 7d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2911 (99.9%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
40 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3166
..in 3 months: 3298, in 6 months: 3438

Top 12 Most Played:

1 [6 plays] Puff Daddy Feat. Faith Evans – I’ll Be Missing You
2= [5 plays] All Saints – Pure Shores
2= [5 plays] Gareth Gates – Anyone Of Us (Stupid Mistake)
2= [5 plays] George Michael – Careless Whisper
2= [5 plays] Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
2= [5 plays] JX – Son Of A Gun (Hooj Edit)
2= [5 plays] KD Lang – Constant Craving
2= [5 plays] Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
2= [5 plays] Peter Cetera – Glory Of Love
2= [5 plays] Roxette – It Must Have Been Love
2= [5 plays] Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
2= [5 plays] Various Artists – Perfect Day

Analysis: 14 days, up to 19-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 3305
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 2108
Variety factor for this station is : 63.7%

50% OF PLAYS is 503 Songs (23.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 227 MOST played songs (10.7% of the total)
or 1102 LEAST played songs (52.2% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 10h 30m
10th most played song airs every: 15h 16m
227th most played song airs every: 7d 0h
503rd most played song airs every: 7d 0h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 2079 (98.6%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
99 after 13 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3559
..in 3 months: 6820, in 6 months: 10581

Top 10 Most Played:

1= [32 plays] Emma-Jean Thackray – Spectre
1= [32 plays] Jacob Collier – I love Being Here With You
3= [28 plays] Jaguar Skills and Omar – Loving Someone Pt 1
3= [28 plays] Kurt Elling – Manic Panic Epiphanic
5 [25 plays] Jordan Rakei – Family
6= [23 plays] Rita Ray – No Greater Love
6= [23 plays] Sault – Bitter Streets
6= [23 plays] Tony Bennett and Lady GaGa – I Get A Kick Out Of You
9= [22 plays] Lois levin – Burden
9= [22 plays] Makaya McCraven – Frank’s Tune

Analysis: 14 days, up to 19-09-2021
NUMBER OF PLAYS IDENTIFIED: 4343
Number of DIFFERENT Songs Played: 1886
Variety factor for this station is : 43.4%

50% OF PLAYS is 280 Songs (14.8% of the total)
A THIRD OF PLAYS represents:
The 106 MOST played songs (5.6% of the total)
or 1286 LEAST played songs (68.1% of the total)

Most played airs on average every: 9h 4m
10th most played song airs every: 12h 55m
106th most played song airs every: 2d 8h
280th most played song airs every: 4d 16h
No. of songs with 5 or less plays: 1761 (93.3%)
Lowest Number of NEW SONGS on any day:
60 after 12 DAYS

Different songs played in 1 month: 3009
..in 3 months: 5598, in 6 months: 8678

Top 10 Most Played:

1 [37 plays] Mickey Singh & Jonita Gandhi – Na Na
2= [36 plays] Panjabi MC & Ashok Gill – Fulvargi
2= [36 plays] Tegi Pannu & Manni Sandhu – Schedule
4 [30 plays] Amar Sandhu & Sanjoy – Fake Love
5= [29 plays] Celina Sharma & Rich the Kid – Bad For You
5= [29 plays] Diljit Dosanjh – Lover
5= [29 plays] Nish – Flexxx (Gulli Maro)
8 [28 plays] Sunanda Sharma & Priyank Sharma – Chori Chori
9= [26 plays] Diljit Dosanjh – Vibe
9= [26 plays] Joy Crookes – When You Were Mine

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