How the Show is Built

I’ve been mixing music for parties, dance clubs and radio since I was in high school in the 70s.  I was the kid with the music and the stereo, and then the mixer and then eventually in radio.

I am often asked how I pick the songs for the show.  Each hour contains 12-13 songs.  2-3 are brand new never before played titles.  Another 1 or 2 are (C) “currents,” meaning it came out since the prior November and I’ve played it at least once before.

Currently, I play 2 from the Caribou Ranch Classic Album collection from the 70s-80s and another two are from the 20th Century Classics Collection from the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s.  The rest come from 2000-2019.

If you’re following along, it might look something like this.

1. Caribou Ranch Classic Album track or 20th Century Classics Collection
2. Caribou Ranch Classic Album track or 20th Century Classics Collection
3. Exclusive Premier (P), Debut (D) or New Track (N)
4. 2018 or 2019
5. 2016-2017
6. Current (C) or (N)
7. (C)
8. 20th Century Classics Collection or 2000-2015
9. 20th Century Classics Collection or 2000-2015
10. (P) (D) or (N)
11. 2018-2019
12. 2000-2017
13. Jazz track out (or instrumental)

Exactly what song I pick to play? Most of the time it boils down to a song length issue, unless it’s a (P) (D) or (N).  I rarely pick a track over 5:40 in length.  Nearly all are in the 3 to 5 minute range.

I get HUNDREDS of submissions a year. What I choose to play boils down to this: Can I play this song next to the biggest hits and award winners in Colorado music history?  Voice matters, recording matters, songwriting matters. Style matters (nothing that screams or is vulgar).

The rest simply boils down to my ear and 50 years of mixing music for people to enjoy.

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