Find out our music & sound
Most commercial radio stations have a very limited music format, sometimes limited to a few dozen songs when running a top-40 format. The reason is obvious. In a competitve market, you need to keep listeners, and listeners are at risk of tuning out when they hear a song they don't know. But we not only like top-40 all the time, or classic rock, or R&B. We like a mix of genres, and the mix should depend on the time of day: more all-time-favorites in the morning, more hits in the afternoon, and some smooth jazz in the evening. So our music format changes throughout the day. We even play classical music on Sunday mornings!
A radio station needs a particular sound. It has to sound different than your MP3s. Sound needs to be properly processed, volume-leveled and -limited, stereo-widened, and multi-band compressed. Well whatever...it just needs to sound good, right? The FM loudness wars of the 80s, with their heavily pumped sound, are a thing of the past but hey, we do like a powerful sound. On BART-FM only the news sounds like NPR, not the music!
So we have that broadcast audio processor set to produce some solid 'sparkle & punch' in our sound!
The risk with a broad music format is that it all just sounds as a jukebox without identity. We avoid that by introducing our unique concept of signature songs. A few times per hour we play from our personal limited selection of all-time favorites. A signature song may have been a big hit at some time, or it may just be an album track we particularly like. We're sure you will ONLY hear some of these songs on BART-FM. And they return every couple of days to make up the sound signature of the station. The first song that opens each hour is a signature song, so you'll know when you hear it!
Transmitters? We don't need no stinking transmitters!The way to listen to radio in 2020 is streaming via the web. But to keep you from blowing through your monthly mobile data budget, we stream at just 64 kbps. To still guarantee good sound we use a high-quality AAC+ audio encoder.