From Australia to Amsterdam via “Africa”

As of this writing, I’m listening to plenty of classic hit radio from across the country and around the world as broadcasters prepare to congregate at Radiodays Europe. Here are four very quick successes of my international listening.

Gold 104.3 Melbourne

Currently Melbourne’s number one station, Gold 104.3 is owned by ARN, the broadcaster of the Australian group whose 4KQ Brisbane was recently featured in these pages for its impending sale and format change.

On paper, Gold 104.3 is the station I’ve heard this week with the most musical similarities to a high-profile American outlet. The difference was in presentation and promotion. The Afternoon Crew with Dave “Higgo” Higgins is positioned as “more music” but that’s only when you compare it to morning host Christian O’Connell or some of the Australian shows fully fledged. Or 104.3 also had the best “steal that” I’ve heard this week: “Or 104.3. Lowering the IQ of smart speakers everywhere.”

Like many Australian radios, most of the time here has been structured around running the contest. Higgo qualified listeners for the “Trip of a Lifetime” – a choice of several concert trips that included the Backstreet Boys in Los Angeles (with a detour to Daryl Hall & John Oates in Reno) and the catchphrase “falling into love again live music. Here is Gold 104.3 at 2 p.m. on May 12:

  • Toto, “Africa”
  • Nirvana “Come as you are”
  • nena, “99 Luftballoons”
  • Queen, “Another Biting the Dust”
  • Sting, “Fields of Gold”
  • Genesis, “Invisible Key”
  • Bee Gees, “Night Fever”
  • Cooler, “Mad”
  • no longer believe, “Easy”
  • John Farham, “Two Strong Hearts”
  • Cyndi Lauper, “Girls just wanna have fun”
  • Cranberries, “Zombie”

Radio 10 Netherlands

Radio 10 Amsterdam NetherlandsOver the past twenty years, the Classic Hits format around the world has outstripped our version in terms of pushing into the 90s, or beyond, and blurring the lines between Classic Hits and AC based on the gold of a way that is just beginning. perform in the United States recently. In the hour I heard them, the music on Radio 10 spanned from 1977 to 2013. It was one of the stations I enjoyed the most in terms of image and presentation energy . Here is Radio 10 just before 1 p.m. on May 10:

  • romantics, “Talking in Your Sleep”
  • corrs, “Radio”
  • 2 unlimited, “Nobody”
  • Fleetwood Mac, “Little Lies”
  • Depeche Mode, “Enjoy the silence”
  • Kate Ryan, “Ella She has”
  • Toto, “Africa”
  • B-52, “Love Shack”
  • Master Gims, “J’me Tire” – a reggae-influenced hit from 2013 that sounded the most like something you’d still hear in a CHR library now
  • MichaelJackson, “Leave me alone”
  • Vanessa Carlton, “A Thousand Miles”
  • John Miles, “Music”

Vinyl FM Sweden

Vinyl FM Sweden StockholmVinyl was one of the first European oldies stations to be available worldwide via streaming. He was always older than his American counterparts. Initially that meant hearing Elvis, now that means still having a 60s component. Here’s the Swedish vinyl from the same afternoon at 2:45:

  • Elton John, “I’m still standing”
  • rolling stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
  • Madonna, “Like a virgin”
  • Roxetta, “It must have been Love”
  • Sandra, “Maria Magdalena” – start of a three-song set that was all 80s Europop
  • speak modern, “You are my heart, you are my soul”
  • Alphaville, “Forever Young”
  • Abbas, “SOS”
  • U2, “I still haven’t found what I was looking for”
  • Aretha Franklin, “Think”
  • Nik Kershaw, “The riddle”
  • Pink Floyd, “Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2)”
  • Madness, “Our house”

London’s greatest hits

Greatest Hits Radio GHR United KingdomFor years it looked like London might be the most important English-language market without Classic Hits FM. The former Capitol Gold AM was now available digitally. There were plenty of decade-based choices elsewhere on digital radio. But last year, Absolute Radio’s London FM frequency began carrying Bauer’s fast-growing Greatest Hits network.

Greatest Hits is rockier than Bauer’s hit Magical London, but it’s still more rhythmic and varied than the Classic Hits format as it has taken shape in North America recently. Drive Time host Simon Mayo also featured two songs during the hour. Here are Greatest Hits heard on their London stream with Simon Mayo on May 10:

  • Freda Payne, “Gold Band”
  • David Bowie, “Modern Love”
  • Doobie Brothers, “Listen to music”
  • Junior Mervin, “Police and robbers” – a special feature; the original version of the song better known by the Clash
  • George Michael and Mary J. Blige, “Like”
  • Aztec Camera, “Somewhere in My Heart”
  • To beat, ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’ – another feature, this one linked to a seminal album, but also a major UK hit in 1980
  • Diana Ross, “Upside down”
  • Go west, “The King of Pious Wishes”
  • T’pau, ‘China in Your Hands’ – in the UK this was their biggest and most enduring hit, not ‘Heart and Soul’.
  • Jackson, “Shake Your Body (To The Ground)”

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