Back in April, we asked you, through a multiple-choice poll, how many stations in "CNYRadio.com Land" (the 4 markets listed above in our logo) would flip formats in 2009. Today, we're looking back to see how well you predicted -- and we're asking you to vote on your predictions for 2010.
Summarizing the format flips from the Year in Review we posted yesterday:
Here's how CNYRadio.com readers voted for 2009:
Were your predictions spot-on? One might argue it depends on what "really" counts as a format flip. Do you count the progression from Nova 105-1 to New Country WOLF 105-1 as just one format flip, or three?
Do temporary stunt formats count? (If they do, the 105.1 change could be counted as five flips--when you add in the endless loop of "Hungry Like the Wolf" followed by the shortlived "Hairband 105" stunt which immediately preceeded the country launch.)
What about simulcast changes? If a "child" station simply switches between two parent stations owned by the same company, we're not quite sure if that really counts either.
If we take the most conservative definition of a format flip -- the complete elimination of one format to make way for another -- we'd say the answer is three: the births of New Country WOLF 105-1, CNY Talk Radio and WUTI. And if you agree with our definition, then the majority of you who predicted there would be 1-3 format flips this year can give yourselves a pat on the back!
Now here's your chance to lock in your predictions for 2010. We'll keep this poll open for votes through the end of January. Remember, we're counting all format flips in all 4 markets CNYRadio.com covers: Syracuse, Utica-Rome, Watertown and Ithaca/Cortland.
Did you disagree with our assessments? That's fine -- it's all just in good fun. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, and you can share yours by posting a comment below.