Adult hits (sometimes also called variety hits) is a radio format.

The format draws from a wide array of popular music from the late 1960s to the present day, but it typically focuses on adult contemporary, pop, and mainstream rock hits from the 1970s through the 2000s.

History

See also: Freeform radio

Forerunners of the adult hits format appeared on radio during the 1970s. At the time, enough of a backlog of popular music from the rock and roll era had developed to support a format based on them; oldies stations, however, were still very rare, and instead, stations that did not want to bind themselves to the current top 40 playlist would mix in current hits with the hits of the past two decades. This hybrid format began to fall out of favor in the 1980s as self-contained oldies stations rose to prominence. The Adult Hits format dates back to 1990 when 98.9 WMMO was launched in Orlando, Florida.[citation needed] Another predecessor was the short-lived "rhythm and rock" format run by KYOT in Phoenix, Arizona in the early 1990s.[1][2] Adult hits stations target adults 25-54, and more specifically at 35- to 44-year-olds. Freeform could also be seen as another forerunner due to the freedom of music choice the DJ's had, very similar to what makes up the core basis of the adult hits format.

A large number of adult hits stations utilize male names as their branding. The practice was popularized by the franchised Jack FM and Bob FM brands, and has been widely imitated with other common male names.

Related formats

Formatting

The adult hits format draws from a wide playlist of broad appeal, consisting primarily of adult contemporary, pop, and rock hits from the late 1960s through at least the 1990s—including but not limited to classic rock (including pop rock and hair metal), power ballads, dance pop, and new wave among others. The size of their music library and their focus on older music provide a contrast to other stations, which may heavily play certain popular songs throughout the day.

Due to its broad nature, the adult hits format can be easily automated. This means that the station can be run with little to no on-air personalities (a trait that, in some cases, may be openly promoted by the station), leaving only staff involved in station operations, advertising sales, and promotional presences.

Radio stations

Note: the below listing of radio stations is subject to change.

Canada

Bell Media and Rogers Media operate chains of adult hits stations under the Bounce Radio and Jack FM brands respectively.

Location Call sign Frequency Brand Name
Belleville, Ontario CJOJ 95.5 FM "95-5 Hits FM"
Brockville, Ontario CJPT 103.7 FM "Bounce Radio 103.7"
Calgary, Alberta CJAQ 96.9 FM "Jack 96.9"
Chatham/Windsor, Ontario CKUE 95.1 and 100.7 FM "Cool FM"
Edmonton, Alberta CKNG 92.5 FM "92.5 The Chuck"
Espanola, Ontario CJJM 99.3 FM "Moose FM"
Halifax, Nova Scotia CFLT 92.9 FM "Jack 92.9"
Kawartha Lakes, Ontario CKLY 91.9 FM "Bounce Radio 91.9"
Kelowna, British Columbia CJUI 103.9 FM "Juice FM"
London, Ontario CHST 102.3 FM "Jack 102.3"
Stratford, Ontario CJCS 107.1 FM "107.1 Juice FM"
Montreal, Quebec CKDG* 105.1 FM "Mike FM"
North Bay, Ontario CFXN 106.3 FM "Moose FM"
Parry Sound, Ontario CKLP 103.3 FM "Moose FM"
Grande Prairie, Alberta CIKT 98.9 FM "Q99"
Red Deer, Alberta CKRI 100.7 FM "100.7 Cruz FM"
Regina, Saskatchewan CKCK 94.5 FM "Jack 94.5"
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CFWD 96.3 FM "96.3 Cruz FM"
Smiths Falls, Ontario CJET 92.3 FM "Jack 92.3"
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador CKSJ 101.1 FM "Coast 101.1"
Sudbury, Ontario CHNO 103.9 FM "Rewind 103.9
Timmins, Ontario CHMT 93.1 FM "Moose FM"
Vancouver, British Columbia CJAX 96.9 FM "Jack 96.9"
Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec CJVD 100.1 FM "CJVD 100,1"
Victoria, British Columbia CHTT 103.1 FM "Jack 103.1"
Wainwright, Alberta CKWY 93.7 FM "Wayne FM"
Winnipeg, Manitoba CFWM 99.9 FM "Bounce Radio 99.9"

United States

Location Call sign Frequency Brand Name
Albuquerque, New Mexico KDRF 103.3 FM "Ed FM"
Anchorage, Alaska KBBO-FM 92.1 FM "BOB FM"
Auburn, Alabama WQNR 99.9 FM "Kate FM"
Austin, Texas KBPA 103.5 FM "Bob FM"
Bad Axe, Michigan WLEW-FM 102.1 FM "Cruise 102.1"
Baltimore, Maryland WQSR 102.7 FM "Jack FM"
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois WBBE 97.9 FM "Bob FM"
Boise, Idaho KSRV-FM 96.1 FM "Bob FM"
Bonham, Texas KFYN 103.9 FM / 1420 AM "Rewind 103.9"
Boston, Massachusetts WBGB 103.3 FM "Big 103"
Bowling Green, Kentucky WKLX 100.7 FM "Sam FM"
Buffalo, New York WBUF 92.9 FM "Jack FM"
Calabash, North Carolina WYNA 104.9 FM "Bob FM"
Cape Cod, Massachusetts WFRQ 93.5 FM "Frank FM"
Cedar Rapids, Iowa KZIA-HD2 95.1 FM "Rob FM"
Charleston, South Carolina WAVF 101.7 FM "Chuck FM"
Charlotte, North Carolina WLKO 102.9 FM "The Lake"
Chico, California KBQB 92.7 FM "Bob FM"
Cleveland, Ohio WHLK 106.5 FM "The Lake"
Clinton, Iowa KMCN 94.7 FM "Mac FM"
Columbia, Missouri KWJK 93.1 FM "Jack FM"
Columbia, South Carolina WLTY 96.7 FM "Steve FM"
Columbus, Ohio WODC 93.3 FM "The Bus"
Columbus, Ohio WJKR 103.9 FM "Jack FM"
Dallas, Texas KJKK 100.3 FM "Jack FM"
Dayton, Ohio WGTZ 92.9 FM "Jack FM"
Des Moines, Iowa KDRB 100.3 FM "The Bus"
Erie, Pennsylvania WXBB 94.7 FM "Bob FM"
Eugene, Oregon KEUG 105.5 FM "Bob FM"
Fairbanks, Alaska KTDZ 103.9 FM "Ted FM"
Fayetteville, North Carolina WFLB 96.5 FM "Bob FM"
Fort Myers, Florida WJGO 102.9 FM "Bob FM"
Fort Wayne, Indiana WWFW 103.9 FM "Wayne FM"
Grand Forks, North Dakota KGFK 95.7 FM/1590 AM "The Forks"
Greensboro, North Carolina WSMW 98.7 FM "98.7 Simon"
Hampton Roads-Norfolk, Virginia WNOB 93.7 FM "Bob FM"
Hartford, Connecticut WHCN 105.9 FM "The River"
Hendersonville, North Carolina WMYI 102.5 FM "The Lake"
Houston, Texas KKHH 95.7 FM "The Spot"
Iowa City, Iowa KZIA-HD2 98.5 FM "Rob FM"
Joplin, Missouri KMXL 95.1 FM "Mike FM"
Lafayette, Indiana WBPE 95.3 FM "Bob FM"
Lansing, Michigan WHZZ 101.7 FM "Mike FM"
Lakeland, Florida WWRZ 98.3 FM "Max FM"
Las Vegas, Nevada KYMT 93.1 FM "The Mountain"
Lexington, Kentucky WLXX 101.5 FM "Jack FM"
Lompoc, California KBOX 104.1 FM "Pirate Radio"
Los Angeles, California KCBS-FM 93.1 FM "Jack FM"
Loudonville, New York WVCR 88.3 FM "The Saint"
Louisa, Virginia WOJL 105.5 FM "Sam FM"
Milwaukee, Wisconsin WRIT-FM 95.7 FM "BIG FM"
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota KZJK 104.1 FM "Jack FM"
Nashville, Tennessee WCJK 96.3 FM "Jack FM"
Norwalk/Sandusky/Port Clinton, Ohio WLKR-FM 95.3 FM "95-3 WLKR"
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WBEN-FM 95.7 FM "Ben FM"
Phoenix, Arizona KYOT 95.5 FM "The Mountain"
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania WRRK 96.9 FM "Bob FM"
Portland, Oregon KYCH 97.1 FM "Charlie FM"
Pueblo, Colorado KTSC-FM 89.5 FM "Rev89"
Rainier, Oregon KPPK 98.3 FM "The Peak"
Raleigh, North Carolina WBBB-FM 96.1 FM "Radio 96.1"
Redding, California KESR 107.1 FM "Jack FM"
Reno, Nevada KZTQ 1230 AM "Bob FM"
Rochester, New York WFKL-FM 93.3 FM "Fickle 93.3"
Rolla, Missouri KDAA 103.1 FM "Sam 103.1 (FM)"
Saginaw, Michigan WMJO 97.3 FM "Joe FM"
Sag Harbor, New York WLNG 92.1 FM "92.1 WLNG"
San Antonio, Texas KJXK-FM 102.7 FM "Jack FM"
San Diego, California KFBG 100.7 FM "Big FM"
San Francisco, California KITS-FM 105.3 FM "Dave FM"
Seattle, Washington KJAQ 96.5 FM "Jack FM"
Sedalia, Missouri KSDL 92.3 FM "Bob FM"
Smyrna, Delaware WRDX 92.9 FM "Tom-FM"
Spokane, Washington KBBD 103.9 "Bob FM"
Springfield, Illinois WCVS-FM 96.7 FM "Bob FM"
Springfield, Missouri KRVI 106.7 FM "The River"
St. Louis, Missouri WARH 106.5 FM "The Arch"
Sun City West-Phoenix, Arizona KOAI 95.1 FM "The Wow Factor"
Watertown, New York WBLH 92.5 FM "Tunes 92.5"
West Plains, Missouri KSPQ 93.9 FM "Jack FM"
Wichita, Kansas KIBB 97.1 FM "Bob FM"

Mexico

Location Call sign Frequency Brand Name
Mexico City XHDFM-FM 106.5 FM "Mix 106.5"

Philippines

Location Call sign Frequency Brand Name
Pasig DZRJ-FM 100.3 FM "100.3 RJFM"
Quezon City DWNU 107.5 FM "Wish 107.5"
Parañaque DWLA 105.9 FM "Neo Retro 105.9"

Europe

New Zealand

Russia

Satellite Radio

See also

References