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    LASER 558 All Europe Radio

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    LASER 558 – AM All Europe Radio

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    LASER 558 – Classic All Europe Radio

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    LASER558 40th Anniversary Documentary LASER558 40th Anniversary Documentary

Music Format

Background

Music Format

LASER558’s music format was unique for its time. LASER brought to The UK and Europe an almost unheard-of American format on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Forty years later, we’re using the same LASER558 music format as the original station in the 1980s. We use the same ‘Hot Clock’ filled with hits of the time and a range of oldies, all from the same era and genres that LASER558 used all those years ago.

The Hits

Obviously, the ‘Hits’ you’ll hear on LASER558 are the hits of the mid-1980s, and every one of them hit the charts of the day. LASER also played ‘Spotlight Songs’ which were paid-for slots by record companies to promote new music. These were often songs that you didn’t hear on other stations in the UK, so got their first airplay on LASER. The oldies we play throughout the day are a mixture of 50s, 60s, 70s, Motown, Reggae, and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Regardless of their age, every song is a hit.

Also, mix in the voices of the original DJs, a few nostalgic adverts and all the jingles you remember to complete the experience. You’d swear that the Soviet Union was still boycotting the Summer Olympics, The Terminator was on at the movies, Margaret Thatcher was still Prime Minister, and, more importantly than anything, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends was on the telly for the first time!

Sixties Sunday

Staying true to the days of LASER, you can enjoy a Sixties Sunday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. with around 50% of the music being hit songs from the Sixties. LASER’s format prompted UK stations to realise that there was a demand for the oldies. Eventually, stations in the UK were allowed to split their licenses, and AM band oldies stations were born. Capital Gold was probably the most famous oldies station formed due to LASER 558’s music format.

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