Urban Contemporary

In the '60s and '70s, "soul" music was usually confined to the lower powered AM stations and featured underpaid DJs spinning over-used scratchy 45 r.p.m. records. Since the '80s, soul and ramp;b has migrated to FM, been renamed urban contemporary and made quantum leaps in terms of quality and ratings. These stations reflect the far more volatile world of black recording artists and can be counted on to introduce a large number of new rap, ramp;b and hip hop artists every year, some of whom cross over to CHR and Top 40 radio. Artists such as Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Anita Baker, Gladys Knight and Barry White are current favorites. This category includes "Urban Adult Contemporary," which is aimed at an older audience.

New Adult Contemporary/Smooth Jazz

This format was once called "new age" and disparaged as "pet rock' music or "muzak for yuppies." NAC programmers take artists such as Kenny G, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Lorber, Herbie Hancock, Tom Scott, Anita Baker, Joni Mitchell, and others to create an easy listening ambiance which combines emotional intensity with "mellow" instrumentation and rhythmic nonchalance.