To understand the “Bob” (or “Jack” or “Doug” or “Murray” or “Floyd” or whatever they call it in your market), ask yourself this: if you were given your own radio station in a large media market, what kind of music would you play? Remember, your own likes and dislikes are irrelevant! You have to pick a format that will make you money. So, what do you do?
Country? Chances are, there’s already a station in youir area that caters to country fans.
Rap? Chances are there’s already a successful hip hop station.
Oldies? Classic rock? Easy listening? Again, there’s probably already a station catering to the crowd that likes those genres.
So, what’s left? How can you attract an audience if there’s already a station playing all the popular genres? Well, here’s an idea: why not try to position yourself as the compromise/consensus station, by playing a wide enough variety of styles to appeal to a LOT of people?
For instance, in an office where there are 25 people of several different races, ranging from 19-45, it could be very tough to find a radio station that pleases everybody. The 40+ white guys may want classic rock, the black guys may want an R & B station, a few people may want country, the younger employees may want Top 40, etc. The “Bob” format plays JUST enough of each groups favorite songs to keep everybody happy (or at least, to keep them from screaming “change the station!”).
Similarly, if a family of (40 year old Mom & Dad, 17 year old son, 13 year old daughter) are driving in the car together, “Bob” might be the only station they can all agree to listen to- it plays just enough Aerosmith for Dad, just enough Whitney Houston for Mom, just enough Christina Aguilera for daughter, and just enough Nickelback for son.