This week, a news station in Beyonce’s hometown of Houston suddenly began playing her music – and didn’t stop.
Listeners looking for the latest news were left wondering what in the name of Sasha Fierce was happening.
A statement on the station’s website had an explanation:
“News92, Houston’s first FM all-news radio station aired its last broadcast Wednesday, October 8, 2014… This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested.”
Radio One owns the station-formerly-known-as-News92, reports Billboard. Yashima Azilove, who works for Radio One, said the station now presents itself as Beyonce radio with local news.
“In looking to make a transition, we go back to what we know,” Azilove told ABC13. “We know urban radio. We’re in Houston, the combination seemed like a winning one.”
In the transition, 47 employees of the station were laid off. The new format will pull music from five solo albums. Not including various bonus tracks, remixes, live versions or tracks from other artists featuring Beyonce, those solo records contain 63 songs, adding up to roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes of music, reports Billboard.
If the format is opened up to Beyonce’s work with Destiny’s Child, the pool expands to include their five albums (if you count their Christmas album), containing 67 songs and around 4.5 hours of music.
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