Beautiful music

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Beautiful music (also known as semiclassical music, and sometimes abbreviated as BM, B/EZ or BM/EZ for "beautiful music/easy listening") is a mostly instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the late 1950s through the 1980s.wikipedia
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Easy listening

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Easy listening, light music, mood music, elevator music, and Muzak are other terms that overlap with this format and the style of music that it featured.
It was differentiated from the mostly instrumental beautiful music format by its variety of styles, including a percentage of vocals, arrangements and tempos to fit various day parts during the broadcast day.

Middle of the road (music)

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Beautiful music can also be regarded as a subset of the middle of the road radio format.
Radio stations that played beautiful music during the 1960s and 1970s were marketed as "MOR radio" in order to differentiate them from related soft adult contemporary and smooth jazz stations.

Light music

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Easy listening, light music, mood music, elevator music, and Muzak are other terms that overlap with this format and the style of music that it featured.
As a result of this association, the music is sometimes linked to the lounge music, Exotica or beautiful music genres, but light music generally does not feature vocals, synthesisers or popular music instruments.

Radio format

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Beautiful music (also known as semiclassical music, and sometimes abbreviated as BM, B/EZ or BM/EZ for "beautiful music/easy listening") is a mostly instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the late 1950s through the 1980s.

Background music

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Easy listening, light music, mood music, elevator music, and Muzak are other terms that overlap with this format and the style of music that it featured. Some beautiful music stations (especially on AM) successfully transitioned to adult contemporary formats, often with call letter changes to shed the "elevator music" identity.
The term can also be used for kinds of easy listening, piano solo, jazz or middle of the road music, or what are known as "beautiful music" radio stations.

KNEW (AM)

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McLendon established beautiful music AM station KABL (a tribute to the San Francisco cable cars, named by McLendon's executive assistant Billie Page Odom) which was successful through the 1990s.
This station is best known as the longtime home of KABL, the successor to KROW and one of the first beautiful music stations in the United States, owned by 1950s radio pioneer Gordon McLendon.

Adult contemporary music

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Some beautiful music stations (especially on AM) successfully transitioned to adult contemporary formats, often with call letter changes to shed the "elevator music" identity.
Another big impetus for the evolution of the AC radio format was the popularity of easy listening or "beautiful music" stations, stations with music specifically designed to be purely ambient.

WBEB

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In 1963, Marlin Taylor created a custom-designed beautiful music format at Philadelphia's WDVR.
It was one of several Philadelphia stations airing a beautiful music format, including 98.9 WPBS (now WUSL) and 106.1 WWSH (now WISX).

Gordon McLendon

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In 1959 Gordon McLendon, who had interests in Top-40 radio in Dallas as well as other markets, decided to "counter-program" in San Francisco since several Top-40 stations were already there.
McLendon was one of the originators of the "beautiful music" format on his KABL in Oakland, California in 1959; and as the founder of the first all-news radio station (WNUS in Chicago) in the 1960s.

Country music

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Beautiful music stations declined in the late 1980s and early 1990s as country music became popular and moved to the FM dial (formerly, country was relegated to AM).
At the same time, beautiful music stations already in rural areas began abandoning the format (leading to its effective demise) to adopt country music as well.

Escape (Sirius XM)

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Sirius XM Satellite Radio programs a dedicated beautiful music channel, Escape, for its subscribers, and such services as Music Choice and DMX provide the format as part of their offerings to cable and satellite television subscribers.
Escape features a beautiful music format, described as "Easy, Instrumental and vocal favorites and the great popular melodies popular over the last sixty years", and plays a music from such instrumental artists as Henry Mancini, Chet Atkins, Bert Kaempfert, Richard Clayderman, Ferrante & Teicher, Geoff Love, Jackie Gleason, Andre Kostelanetz, Paul Mauriat, and Percy Faith, as well as vocalists such as Andy Williams, Anne Murray, Barry Manilow, Perry Como, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand and The Carpenters.

KNCT-FM

The format continues on a few non-commercial radio stations, including KCEA (89.1 FM) in Atherton, California; KLUX (89.5 FM) in Corpus Christi, Texas; KHOY (88.1 FM) in Laredo, Texas; KNCT-FM (91.3 FM) in Killeen, Texas; and KGUD (90.7 FM) in Longmont, Colorado.
KNCT-FM plays easy listening music it describes as "Simply Beautiful."

WRDV

WRDV airs Bill Hower's 'Music Box' of beautiful music, each Friday evening from 10pm to 1am.
Some of the music includes Blues, Country, Jazz, 1920s and 1930s, Doo-Wop, A cappella, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, Beautiful Music, and Polka.

United States

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Beautiful music (also known as semiclassical music, and sometimes abbreviated as BM, B/EZ or BM/EZ for "beautiful music/easy listening") is a mostly instrumental music format that was prominent in American radio from the late 1950s through the 1980s.

Advertising

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Beautiful music initially offered soft and unobtrusive instrumental selections on a very structured schedule with limited commercial interruptions.

Frequency modulation

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This practice was known as "storecasting" and was very common on the FM dial in the 1940s and 1950s.

Amplitude modulation

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Many of these FM stations usually simulcast their AM station and used a subcarrier (SCA) to transmit a hitch-hiker signal to a store receiver by subscription.

Subsidiary communications authority

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Many of these FM stations usually simulcast their AM station and used a subcarrier (SCA) to transmit a hitch-hiker signal to a store receiver by subscription.

Baltimore

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WITH-FM, in Baltimore, Maryland (1950s and 1960s), had to keep its FM carrier on the air until 2AM for restaurant subscribers, and could not sign-off the main FM carrier until that time and thus had to run a repeat of its previous day's evening concert on its main FM program line.

Big band

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It then experimented with combining elements of Big Bands and soft rock until its demise in the early 21st century.

Federal Communications Commission

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In the early 1960s, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a standard for transmitting and receiving stereo signals on a single channel of the FM band.

Stereophonic sound

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In the early 1960s, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a standard for transmitting and receiving stereo signals on a single channel of the FM band.

Art Wander

In Baltimore, Maryland, programmer Art Wander developed a beautiful music format for the 50,000-watt NBC affiliate WBAL/1090.

WBAL (AM)

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In Baltimore, Maryland, programmer Art Wander developed a beautiful music format for the 50,000-watt NBC affiliate WBAL/1090.

Philadelphia

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In 1963, Marlin Taylor created a custom-designed beautiful music format at Philadelphia's WDVR.