Adult Contemporary
Adult contemporary or "AC" is the closest thing to the old MOR full service format of popular hits, personality DJs and news. However, AC stations tend to confine news and information to "drive time" morning shows and emphasize music for the rest of the day. Madonna, Lionel Ritchie, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Amy Grant amp; Vince Gill are artists frequently heard on "mainstream" AC stations. "Hot AC" offers a more recent hybrid containing elements of mainstream with either alternative rock or CHR hits. The idea is to draw adults who want to hear lively contemporary music but don't want "cutting edge" music favored by teens and young adults.

Once an obscure specialty format, oldies has grown up to become big business in the radio industry. Most oldies stations specialize in top 40 hits from the '50s and '60s such as Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and the Motown groups. Oldies stations usually boast one or more personalities on their staff from the '60's top 40 era. Specialty oldies stations might play rock oldies from the seventies and eighties or Ramp;B/Soul oldies from the '50s through the '70s.