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Started by LemonGrass on Nov 4, 2015 6:02:58 PM
Magic Radio

We have Magic on in the office and they always play a small number of songs from an even smaller number of artists.

We were speculating that they may have a deal where they pay reduced royalties for a limited selection of songs. Would anyone know?

Talk about it here.

SlasherBindman - 04 Nov 2015 19:16:05 (#1 of 58)

Or like me you sit there waiting for them to play Henry Cow or something equally unexpected just to shake things up a bit.

darkhorse - 05 Nov 2015 08:01:13 (#2 of 58)

Arrow Rock, Magic, Heart, Smooth, Absolute80s, JazzFM....I just vary the station when I want aural bubblegum

Dementor - 05 Nov 2015 08:15:59 (#3 of 58)

BFBS, Chill or World Service - at our abode.

Shabbyman - 05 Nov 2015 08:31:44 (#4 of 58)

They pay the same whether it's Bonnie Tyler (and it usually is) or The Slits. But there are only so many tracks that fit their format, which is aimed at women aged 35-55, so they will tend to rotate faster.

babylonia - 05 Nov 2015 08:35:15 (#5 of 58)

which is aimed at women aged under 55 so they will tend to rotate faster.

And minicab drivers.....

LemonGrass - 05 Nov 2015 09:04:32 (#6 of 58)

Just checked out their website. They have a listen again facility!

LemonGrass - 05 Nov 2015 09:20:54 (#7 of 58)

They're playing Sexual Fucking Healing now. Of all the songs Marvin Gaye recorded they insist on playing this shit.

Moschops - 05 Nov 2015 09:21:22 (#8 of 58)

Good song that.

halfnelson - 05 Nov 2015 09:22:42 (#9 of 58)

Indeed, Lemongrass. It's his worst song by a country mile and not in the slightest bit 'sexy'.

Most of these 'easy listening' stations seems to have an ever-narrowing playlist of 'don't scare the horses' oldies and anodyne modern stuff like Buble.

That said, Magic is slightly better than Smooth in terms of variety.

LemonGrass - 05 Nov 2015 09:25:03 (#10 of 58)

As good as Let's Get It On, moschops?

Moschops - 05 Nov 2015 09:30:35 (#11 of 58)

Well obviously not. But neither is Too Busy Thinkin' Bout My Baby, What's Going On, and tons of other MG songs imo.

Moschops - 05 Nov 2015 09:31:15 (#12 of 58)

Decent enough song though.

milhouse - 05 Nov 2015 09:35:00 (#13 of 58)

ILR is the best justification imaginable for the licence fee.

hailesaladdie - 05 Nov 2015 09:35:59 (#14 of 58)

Is there any ILR left in the UK these days? I though Heart took it all over.

milhouse - 05 Nov 2015 09:37:09 (#15 of 58)

The 'I' means independent from the BBC.

halfnelson - 05 Nov 2015 09:39:52 (#16 of 58)

#14 - there's still a few, but most of them seem to have been subsumed into the network of bland.

hailesaladdie - 05 Nov 2015 09:40:40 (#17 of 58)

> The 'I' means independent from the BBC.

Sure, but Heart isn't worth the licence fee. It's worth firebombing, is what it's worth...

I can think of a few half-decent, independent national stations, mind.

cozzer - 05 Nov 2015 11:33:32 (#18 of 58)

I assume milhouse means ILR is the best justification for the license fee, because without the license fee this is what we are left with.

MaisonLazlique - 05 Nov 2015 11:42:37 (#19 of 58)

Commercial stations often buy their playlist from a streamer who has designed their output based on monitoring other stations.

So you get a condensed version of R2xHeart/Xfm, whittled down still further by someone at the station.

GyratingTrampoline - 05 Nov 2015 11:51:15 (#20 of 58)

They're playing Sexual Fucking Healing now. Of all the songs Marvin Gaye recorded they insist on playing this shit.

The Hot 8 Brass Band version of it is cool though

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