Little has changed in country music radio since it got started in the south long ago except that today it's more popular than ever (the most listened to format in the country) thanks, in part, to a new crop of exciting artists such as Vince Gill, Doug Stone, Garth Brooks, John Michael Montgomery, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pam Tillis and others. Country also includes country classics, "oldies" and "gold" stations.
Rock was once a monolithic word that defined a world of music and cultural attitudes, confidently embracing such disparate music categories as folk, country, blues, rythym and blues , classical, and jazz. Rock is now a more strictly defined genre. Classic Rock features well known rock artists with best selling albums, thereby justifying the airplay of songs that are well known but not "hits". These stations grew out of the so called free form rock stations of the late '60s and '70s, when DJs selected their own "sets" of music with few restrictions. Classic rock stations have very carefully planned playlists now while retaining the so-called "FM style" of their air talent. B /B Modern rock stations include heavy metal or pure rock in their playlists. Progressive rock, active rock, new rock and alternative rock are another offspring of rock. Artists such as R.E.M., Simple Minds and Tom Petty are common to all these formats while the Cranberries have a more alternative following.
Classical music stations present music from the traditional repertoire of predominantly European composers. Sometimes referred to as "serious" or simply "good" music, most major markets support one full time commercial classical station and at least one nearly full time classical public station.
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