70s on 7 (and others?) speed up their songs??

sadchild

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I remember it in the 80s/90s on pop stations. Like when Kiss 108 was forced to play something hard rockin' for example. I always figured it was to get more commercials in.
 

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When KHJ in Los Angeles switched from adult contemporary to top-40 in 1965, they began speeding up every song by 3%. Then when we bought our favorite songs at the local record store and played them at home, they sounded slow. KHJ's jingles proclaimed "More music!" and speeding up the songs allowed the station to play 19 songs in an hour instead of 18. Did they think we were counting the number of songs played each hour? Program director Ron Jacobs insisted the only reason the songs were sped up was to make them sound "brighter."

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scotchandcigar

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I remember in the 70s, the big mainstream rock radio stations in NYC always had call-in shows on Sunday nights. Every so often, a caller would start rambling about sped up music, and he'd be cut-off.

It's to squeeze more commercials per hour, and make more revenue.
 
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