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Stubborn Isolationist—Jazz on the Radio

Why do jazz stations avoid year-end countdown shows?

Why can’t jazz broadcasters program year-end specials that showcase new releases from the previous 12 months? Such a retrospective offers a useful overview and a public service. It reminds me of the music I liked, it alerts me to the music I missed, and it provides a number of releases I regularly place onto my “Must Buy” list.

As a devoted follower of radio charts, late December is my busy time. I record year-end specials on music forms that interest me. Between the FM dial and my XM Radio, I collect quite a number of countdowns and overviews. From alternative to pop to country to R&B to metal to folk-none of these genres miss an opportunity to present their previous year’s finest recordings and brightest moments.

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