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The problem with Chicago radio: the songs remain the same

The problem with Chicago radio: the songs remain the same

This town, it turns out, is radio nowhere. Or at least it is music radio nowhere.

Why do I make this assertion, borrowed from one of the better latter-day Bruce Springsteen songs?

Because Springsteen's 2007 lament over an inability to find rhythm, "pounding drums" or a "mystery train" on the dial — to be able to find a sense of soul — pretty much describes the void I'm hearing in Chicago radio.

There are many music stations out there, I know, playing musical styles ranging from "hot adult contemporary" to "urban contemporary" to "pop contemporary hit radio" to "classic hits" to "adult...

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