(From Media Decoder -- By Joseph Plambeck)
For the first time in 16 years, the oldies station WCBS-FM is the overall most popular radio station in New York City, according to the latest monthly ratings from ARBITRON, capping a quick rise to the top after an equally sharp downfall.
In 2005, the station moved to an automated format, known as JACK, that used no live personalities and played music of multiple genres from the 1980s and 1990s.
The switch to the Jack format drew public complaints from MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG and SENATOR CHARLES E. SCHUMER, among others.
At one point, the station ranked as low as No. 22.
The station returned to its longtime oldies format in the summer of 2007.
It was one of the first oldies stations in the country when it adopted that format in 1972.
WCBS-FM Regains Top Spot in New York