It was 25 years ago that a radio station in the nation’s No. 1 market began mixing contemporary and classic R&B acts to form the blueprint for a new style of urban radio. Despite some initial inconsistency, New York’s WBLS-FM today remains the unofficial flagship for urban adult contemporary. Nationwide, 172 stations are dedicated to the 25-54-targeted format, spinning core acts that range from Mary J. Blige and Usher to Kirk Franklin and Michael Jackson. Read more
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