Its not burned out playlists. In the 80's you had stations going with the Hot Hits rotation, which was a very tight playlist. I do agree with stop sets but more importantly its not allowing a DJ to be a DJ. We need more personalities that can interact with the audience.
I soooo agree with you on this. DJ's used to be the thing, and the music was the glue that held it together. Over the last 15 years or so, possibly due to fears of the iPod, syndication and satellite radio, there seems to have been a collective homogenization of sorts by making all DJ's into liner jocks.
I would like to hear my DJ's actually say something more than what event is coming up this weekend before they go into a 5 minute spot break. And, I'd like to hear my DJ's actually speak more than 4 times an hour.
I grew up with Glen Kalina, Terry the Motor Mouth, John DeBella and the Morning Zoo, two out of three of them I haven't heard in over 20 years, yet still remember clearly. I also remember a few of the Hot Hits rotation songs that Glen and Terry played, probably because they played them once every hour. Regardless, people identify with DJ's. They identify with songs, too, but not the way they do with their home town DJ's.
Ok, off my soapbox, but when I turn on my radio, that's what I'd like to hear.