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DC Rock Radio Forgotten Classics

You have found it...The hippest classic rock station in the galaxy! If you like hearing the same burned out hits over and over again, this station may not be for you. DC Rock brings back all the songs that classic rock radio has forgotten.

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Rock N' Roll is alive and well on DC Rock! In case you are new here, or for those of you that feel like you were born too late or in the wrong decade, you should know that classic rock radio, when it was current, sounded nothing like it does today. Short of jumping in a time machine, DC Rock lets you go back and hear what it was really like to be alive in that awesome time period of Album Oriented Rock.

It's an uptempo and energetic format...most all the songs are very guitar oriented. Please be open minded and try to listen when you have more than just 5 or 10 minutes...the songs rotate thru different time periods and styles. What you WON'T hear are the same burned-out hits over and over.

This is the soundtrack of my life, and hopefully yours. There's forgotten classic songs from the groups we all know like Aerosmith, Rush, Deep Purple and AC/DC. Then there's stuff from guitar greats like Robin Trower, Pat Travers, Yngwie Malmsteen and Jeff Beck...killer 70's classics from UFO, Frank Marino, Humble Pie, Jerry Doucette, Savoy Brown, Vandenburg, Starz, Moon Martin, Nils Lofgren, Touch, Uriah Heep, The Inmates, Angel...awesome 80's tracks from bands like 707, Shooting Star, Planet P Project, Taxii, Michael Stanley Band, XYZ, Rainbow, Van Zant...there's heavy hitters from Priest, Sabbath, Saxon, Slaughter, Crue, Krokus, Iron Maiden, Kingdom Come...and then some early 90's mixed in from time to time with groups like Brother Cane, Extreme, Black Crowes and Chris Rea.

If you have any requests, suggestions or just want to say hey, give us a shoutout on X @dcrock. We hope you like what you hear...and if you dig it please tell your friends!

Dave Collins
Program Director

Rock N' Roll is Alive and Well on DC Rock

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Know who picks all the songs to play at the typical classic rock station? The listeners on the request line? The program director? The disc jockeys? A combination of all of the above? Not even close. Virtually every classic rock station's entire playlist is determined by an out of town consultant, who probably also consults the Top 40 station down the hall and maybe even another format somewhere else. So how does he decide which songs to play? Most classic rock consultants rely on what is called an auditorium survey in which about a hundred people listen to :15 second clips of songs and then rate how familiar they are with each song. Consultants feel that listeners will tune out if they hear a song they don't know. They would rather "play it safe" which is why most stations sound so predictable. Their favorite saying is "you can't be hurt by what you don't play".

The problem with all this is that listeners are not given enough credit. When you went out and bought that new album from your favorite group, did you listen to only the first song over and over again? As you have probably guessed, some classic rock radio stations play as little as 250 songs. Ask a consultant about another great classic song not on his playlist that you remember hearing years ago on the radio and his answer may be an evasive "I don't have any research on that song." The truth is that he probably wasn't even around or isn't that familiar with the format to begin with.

So how can we pick better songs than someone who is simply paid to do music research? BECAUSE WE LIVED IT!

For that reason, there's nothing predictable about DC Rock. And yes, it's possible you may from time to time hear us play a tune that is still on the radio somewhere. We're not going to throw away a great song just because the others guys get it right once in a while! Enjoy the memories. Enjoy the ride. And CRANK IT UP.

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