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Old 08-10-2005, 03:50 PM   #1
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I have been a long time listener of Capital FM out of London, (www.capitalfm.com) for several years. I recently started listening to BBC Radio 1 because Sirius was going to pick it up. Listening to both of them it seems I hear a lot more music I don’t hear in the states or Sirius Hits 1 on Capital FM compared to BBC Radio 1. It just seems I hear a lot more music I hear over hear on BBC. Maybe this is just a coincidence. What are your feelings?
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I have been a long time listener of Capital FM out of London, (www.capitalfm.com) for several years. I recently started listening to BBC Radio 1 because Sirius was going to pick it up. Listening to both of them it seems I hear a lot more music I don’t hear in the states or Sirius Hits 1 on Capital FM compared to BBC Radio 1. It just seems I hear a lot more music I hear over hear on BBC. Maybe this is just a coincidence. What are your feelings?
The UK stations have wider playlists, less depedence on programming consultants.
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So why would I hear so much more American stuff on BBC Radio 1. Isn't it a UK station?
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So why would I hear so much more American stuff on BBC Radio 1. Isn't it a UK station?
In America we have lots of Brit influence in our music, so why do you think the Brits wouldnt play American artists over there? Many acts/artists are popular on both sides of the pond.
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You be very suprised to find out just how popular like an american band such as Green day is very popular over in england. I have heard their songs on BBC Radio 1 many times. It is like the beattles get plenty of airplay here in the us even though they are from liverpool england. Just because some one isn't from that particular country doesn't mean you won't hear there songs in that country.
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As much as there are Anglophilic tendencies in the US, there are (at least culturally) Ameriphilic (???) tendencies in the UK.

The grass is always greener and all that....

Of course, just as interesting is the history of bands that made it big on the other side of the pond long before they ever (if they ever) made it big in their home (Bush are a prominent example... I'm not sure if they ever made it big in the UK but could probably still mount a decently successful arena tour in the US if Gavin Rossdale could stop banging Gwen Stefani).
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So why would I hear so much more American stuff on BBC Radio 1. Isn't it a UK station?
Don't make the mistake that many Americans make and assume that certain music styles (rap, dance, etc) sung in English are by American bands. Many of those may be Canadian, British, Australian etc.

The British night club scene is linked more directly to mainstream UK radio than clubs in the USA are to US radio. Dance, Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B, are more mainstream in the UK and often "obsure" hip-hop that is popularized in clubs will make it to nationwide radio in the UK ,whereas it may only be played on "black" radio stations in the USA or alternative college radio.

There are many American bands that are hugely popular in the UK that no one has even heard of in the USA.
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