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Re: Can a radio station's playlist be too big?
Yes, definitely. The few that have either tried having long playlists in the past or do so now have small audiences. The majority will turn on a radio station because they expect to hear a certain type of music and even certain artists and tracks - such as current top 40 material. Most popular stations are playlisted not to be listened to all day but for relatively short segments - maybe up to about three hours at a time. I say most because somebody will always quote an example of one that's different. A commercially successful station will have a primetime playlist of a few hundred tracks divided up into rotational sub sections. Non primetime hours can play wider choices and more specialist sub genres - in the evenings for example. Of course , if your station is not targeting a mas market commercial audience then different criteria applies.
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