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Code

Format

Description

Target Audience

3A

Triple A/Adult Album Alternative

Fast-growing format of current pop music with strong feminine appeal

Persons 25-49

70

Oldies Rock – Seventies

Popular rock hits from ‘70s

Persons 25-54

80

Oldies Rock – Eighties

Popular rock hits from ‘80s

Persons 25-54

AC

Adult Contemporary

Broad appeal current pop hits

Women 25-54

AL

Alternative

Newer format with young adult appeal

Persons 18-34

AO

Album Oriented Rock

Mainstream rock

Persons 18-49

AS

All Sports

A combination of play-by-play sports or sports-orientated talk radio

Men 25-54

BG

Black Gospel

Religious programming featuring Black Gospel music

Persons 35-64

BL

Black, Rhythm & Blues

Traditional black, Rhythm & Blues

Persons 25-54

BN

Business News

Concentrates on financial/business stories, but includes general news

Persons 25-54

C

Country

Wide-ranging treatments of current and past country music.

Persons 18-54

CC

Contemporary Christian

Musical religious programming highlighting contemporary compositions

Women 25-54

CL

Classical

Classical, Symphonic, Broadway show music

Persons 35-54

CR

Classic Rock

Rock music of the past – 50’s through 90’s

Persons 25-49

E

Ethnic

Foreign language (except Spanish)

Persons 25-54

ED

Educational

Restricted to non-commercial stations

Persons 25-54

EZ

Easy Listening

Music of 40’s to 80’s. Principally orchestral selections and ballads

Persons 35+

GO

Golden Oldies

Former CHR hits. Soft rock 50’s to 80’s

Persons 25-54

HA

Hot AC

Current popular music (AC-appeal) which is bright and up-tempo

Persons 25-54

JZ

Jazz

Ranges from Dixieland to sophisticated current jazz and new age

Persons 25-54

KD

Kids/Children

Talk and musical programming designed to appeal to children under 12

Children 2-11

MR

Modern Rock

Rock music by current headliners

Persons 18-34

N

All News

All news, little or no phone talk

Persons 25-54

NA

New AC/Smooth Jazz

Combination of AC and Jazz. Replacing AC

Persons 25-54

   

Phone calls from audience on various

 

NT

News/Talk

subjects. Station hosts often experts in some

Persons 25-54

   

area

 

R

Contemporary Hit Radio

Often called top 40

Women 18-34

RE

Religious – General

Includes teaching, sermons, etc. Music secondary

Persons 35+

S

Spanish

Music, news and/or information in Spanish

Persons 25-54

SC

Soft Contemporary

“Lite” Primarily instrumental. Current and recent hits

Women 25-54

SG

Southern Gospel

Musical Religious programming featuring selections popular in the Southern United States.

Persons 25-49

ST

Standard/MOR/Big Band

Standard, Nostalgia, Big Band, MOR

Persons 35+

TK

Talk

Personalities, Information. Little News

Persons 25-54

UC

Urban Contemporary

Emphasis on dance music. May include hip hop and rap

Persons 18-49

V

Variety

Broad selection of programming appealing to different audiences throughout the day

Persons 25-54


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