Tony, its not about a name being a hit, its the song that has to be a hit. Thats where a PD comes into play. They are the ones that are "suppose" to make that decision. I think you are looking into it to much with name recognition, instead of their are hit songs and songs that are stiffs. Every genre of music has its hits. Dance music has hits and they vary from station to station. Should I play every dance record that comes my way? No, then I would be doing be doing my job as a PD and it would kill my listening audience.
Obviously, the song has to be a hit. And yes, the PD has to decide that. This is just me, but put me in that shoe and I strongly believe that I would give some songs that have that hit potential that "shot" over others. No, I'm not going to play EVERY song that comes to me because you do have stuff out there that won't cut it. But for a strong dance/rhythmic station I would give more of the opportunity. 'KTU is not like that because their focus is different. ONCE AGAIN, nothing wrong with that because it's obviously what works for them and nothing against Bartel or Rob Miller, BUT there are tracks that are played on, lets say, your station that won't be on 'KTU. 92.3 Now? They are CHR and I'm grateful that they are as dance friendly as they can be, but I also know they are CHR and can only go so far.
What I'm saying? New York needs that dance intensive station again for our artists to get that shot.
Stations have x amount of spots for new songs. So they pick the best. Its like a baseball team, a team is going to put its best on the field. If they are not good enough they get sent down to the minors or they do make it at all. I dreamed of making the NBA when I was younger, however Im barely 6ft slow 38 year old, that has no shot, even though Im deadly behind the 3pt line.
Bartel did discuss that at the radio panel. And for what 'KTU does, they only want the solid hits. Once again, I get that. But there is a different dance music audience out there that is not served by a 'KTU and wants a bit of an edge. I'm not saying necessarily to bring a DriveFX down here; whatever works in the Hudson Valley region of New York may not work here. But at least get that edge and cater it to NYC and the tastes down here that go beyond what a 'KTU is allowed to do.
Commercial radio isnt about getting artists shots, you got to prove you are good enough.
Of course. And there are many of our artists that ARE good enough. But we don't have the outlets catered towards us, (outside of you, DriveFX and C89.5). Bring on more of those and things CAN be proven. Oh yeah, I do remember what you said about the stories. We need the opportunity to create those stories. Not every story is going to have a happy ending but for those that do, that is what we have to be proud of and continue to support.
You mention KTU doesnt represent us, but ask an artist what station they want to get on.
Because it's the ONLY THING HERE that comes remotely close to dance.
With the mixshows, how does DJ Joe Blow help your station? You are opening a door for someone which is great, but what is the return investment? Now if they have big residencies in your city thats makes sense but bedroom DJ Joe Blow brings what to the table?
Pardon my visionary thinking here but (and I am basing this on my online show), we DO have name DJ's that spin on occasion and there are some DJ's that I've heard that may not be a name, but deserve that chance. And, believe it or not, I DO think in terms of a financial return (I wouldn't do this to give "favors" to people) If they deserve the shot and are good at what they do, then they deserve it. Then "Joe Blow" can be that next "name". And when you get down to it, everyone was once a "Joe Blow".
My point is that these DJ's are the face of the genre right now and they should be helping the promote the industry.
Right there, I TOTALLY AGREE!