Episodes - Episodes - B-Side Trax - Week of JUN 4th: Programming - Yeah ( it's kinda ) Important ... B-Side Trax !

Here's a question:  Is programming really important if I'm only playing one song a day 5 days a week ?  You're damn right it is !  

It's tough to program a station no matter what the format. You need have hit factor / artist separation / AQR & Cume considerations / talent, plus a host of other factors to balance.

As a 1-song vignette, I don't have to worry about those dynamics as much & yet, song selection is vital.  The stories carry each show, but the songs & artists carry the weeks & the longevity of the show itself. There's has to be a balance - hard & soft, 80's & 90's, male & female, big band & 1-hit wonder and oh yeah, it helps if the audience recognizes the songs.  Most of 'em anyway ....  

B-Side Trax:

A new concept for radio: a 6-minute featurette that airs once a day, five days a week.  Besides digging up songs unburnt, there's also a fascinating, 30-second story behind each track. Because it plays to the 'Short Attention-Span Theater' we all have nowadays, the tune-out factor is next to zero !!

Here's what aired last week on B-Side Alternative and a link to a recent show: 

Orinoco Flow - Enya / Click To Play Show

Monday:               Orinoco Flow - Enya
Tuesday:               Unglued - Stone Temple Pilots
Wednesday:         Ship of Fools - World Party
Thursday              Generals & Majors - XTC
Friday:                  Bodies - Drowning Pool
Many stations use this vignette as a lead-in or the centerpiece for their retro or flashback shows. Some use it as a stand-alone or even combine each week's shows to form a 30-minute weekend retro feature. That flexibility is a benefit for individual stations to use to their advantage.

Here's a week on B-Side Classic Rock, plus a show link: 

Promises - Eric Clapton / Click To Play Show

Monday:                 Promises - Eric Clapton
Tuesday:                Hey Baby - Ted Nugent
Wednesday:          Balls To The Wall - Accept
Thursday               The One I Love - R.E.M.
Friday:                   Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown