I was thinking about a lot of songs earlier that have vanished from the AC format over the years, a lot from the latter part of the 80s. I know that a lot of slower/softer stuff doesn't do well for the AC format anymore, which I understand, but this was pretty much out of curiosity. Does anybody still play any of these?
38 Special - Second ChanceWLIT & WILV Chicago play this song on occasion.
Mike & The Mechanics - The Living YearsNeither WLIT & WILV have played this song in a while. I don't know if it's played when I'm not listening, or not played right now. Good song.
Genesis - Hold On My Heart & Throwing It All AwayThese are played occasionally on WLIT & WILV. I'm however hearing Misunderstanding the most not only from these 2 station, but from Classic Hits station WDRV/WWDV simulcast (sister station to WILV)
Elton John - Sacrifice & Circle Of LifeI still hear Circle of Life on WLIT, but WILV hasn't played any 90's Elton John. For Elton John, I'm most likely to hear from both stations, songs like: Don't Go Breaking My Heart w/ Kiki Dee, Crocodile Rock, Benny & The Jets, Your Song, Philadelphia Freedom, I'm Still Standing, Sad Songs (Say So Much), I don't Wanna Go On With You Like That, & occasionally, Nikita.
Cher & Peter Cetera - After AllThis song is still played, but it's not in rotation as much on both stations, as it was played too much. Still a good song.
Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville - All My LifeNot sure I even heard this song on either station.
Rod Stewart - Downtown Train, The Motown Song, This Old Heart Of MineThese are still played occasionally on both stations. I remember for a while, Young Turks was played a lot on WILV
Wilson Phillips - Hold OnThis is the only Wilson Phillips song that's still played regularly on WLIT, WILV, & WZVN Lowell, IN (via Dial Global Network)I don't hear You're inLove, Release Me, or You Won't See Me Crying at all.
Steve Winwood - The Finer Things, Back In The High LifeThese are played on occasion on WILV & WLIT. Songs I miss hearing from Steve Winwood are: Valerie (1982 & 1986 re-release), Don't You Know What The Night Can Do, & Holding On. I still hear While You See A Chance occasionally on WILV & WLIT.
Survivor - The Search Is OverStill heard on WILV & WLIT. WILV is more likely to play Eye Of The Tiger more than The Search Is Over.
Starship - SaraHaven't heard this one in a while.
Simply Red - If You Don't Know Me By NowI haven't heard any Simply Red songs in a while on any station.
Heights - How Do You Talk To An AngelThis song hasn't been played in awhile on any AC station in Chicagoland, but with 101.1 now playing what sounds like a 90's station, this song might pop up there.
Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence, Last Worthless EveningThese are played occasionally, but I'm more likely to hear Boys of Summer on not only WILV & WLIT, but also the WDRV/WWDV simulcast, WAZN Lowell, IN (via Dial Global), & I once heard it on WLS-FM (Oldies). I'd like to hear Sunset Grill a bit more.
Richard Marx - Endless Summer Nights, Hold On To The NightRichard Marx isn't heard as much on Chicagoland AC radio, despite still living in Chicagoland.
Breathe - Hands To HeavenNot heard much at all. Maybe once in a blue moon.
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 UStill played occasionally on WLIT & WILV.
Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down, One More Night, Another Day in Paradise, Two HeartsOne More Night & Two Hearts are still played regularly on WLIT & WILV. Sussudio is still a regular, as well as In The Air Tonight.
Madonna - CherishStill played occasionally, but Burning Up is played a bit on WLIT these days, along with Live To Tell, Papa Don't Preach (both WILV & WLIT), Material Girl (mainly WILV), Like A Virgin, Crazy For You, Express Yourself, & Like A Prayer (more on WILV than WLIT)
Bruce Hornsby - Mandolin Rain, The Way It IsI haven't heard Bruce Hornsby on any station in years. Maybe his music doesn't fit the current AC format.
Our AC has rotated some of the stuff like "The Way It Is", "If You Don't Know Me", "All My Life", "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Hands To Heaven", and "Hold On To The Nights" in the past few years but I haven't heard them lately. Lots of great stuff on the AC format in the late 80s.These are some good songs, but most are either not played much, or not at all in Chicagoland. Certain songs, WILV refuses to play, because it's a flanker station in order to protect sister station WTMX. Bonneville International was doing this from the time they acquired 100.3 in 1997, all way to when they sold their remaining Chicago cluster to Hubbard Broadcasting (WLUP was sold to Emmis, who later sold their Chicago cluster to Merlin Media). Hubbard Broadcasting is still following this unwritten rule of theirs today. The only difference with the Hubbard stations, is certain ads that Bonneville refused to accept, Hubbard now does.