Adult Standards

Adult standards - or "Nostalgia" - stations play hits of the '40s and '50s with non-rock popular songs up to the present (such as "Duets" with Frank Sinatra and various artists). In some ways, these stations have picked up where the old "middle of the road" stations left off, but they tend to be less "full service" and more music and nostalgia. Artists such as Mel Torme, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Barbara Streisand, Patty Page, Matt Monroe, Frankie Laine and Julie London are frequently played.

Big Band

Big Band stations emphasize songs from the "big band era" (roughly the mid - '20's through the mid - '40's) such as Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman with adult standards usually included.


The terms top forty/pop CHR (contemporary hit radio) and Rhythmic CHR are probably only meaningful to program directors and record company executives, but the differences are discernible in a major market. Pop/CHR stations attempt to a synthesize the best elements of rock and rythym and blues. Rhythmic/CHR stations focus on rythym and blues, hip hop and dance (i.e. songs played in clubs). As in the discotheques of the early '60s, today's club scene remains an ideal testing ground to measure the visceral effects of the latest releases. Some club DJs move on to lucrative radio careers as "mix masters," recreating their best sets of dance tunes on the air.