Disk Jockeys were Gods ~ sorta
During that distinct period, radio listeners were starting to fragment into a newfound category called demographic sectors. That was a new term being tossed around and began several generations of research think-tanks and focus groups. An example was turning on the radio dial listening to the AM Radio stations across town you might hear "Baby Love" by The Supremes or "My Girl" by The Temptations. But flipping the dial to the FM stations you would hear "White Rabbit" by The Jefferson Airplane or "Gimme Gimme Some Loving" by The Spencer Davis Group. Astute Program Directors recognized these changing music trends and made split-second decisions in an effort to please the masses. Play the new music they wanted to hear and not yesterday's playlist. The airwaves were experiencing a modern day generation gap and listeners lived the music. The music being programmed was paramount to the station's success and just as before, disk jockeys repeated their role as the pied-piper for generations of music lovers. In hindsight, this musical transition all looks pretty simple and a no-brainer for any radio programmer. But believe me, with hundreds of new releases every week, it was very complicated to air the perfect blend of hit music. Rich in tradition, rock radio was the theatre of the mind.