I came across an awesome data set on data.world (https://data.world/jasonmotylinski/89-3-the-current-playlists) where Jason Motylinksi scraped every song played on 89.3 the Current since 2012 through the end of 2016. If you were curious, it was over 578,00 songs!
I wanted to dig through the data and learn a little bit more about one of my favorite radio stations. If you want to see the interactive version where you can filter by year and artist - here it is:
Here are some things that jumped out -
In 2016 both Prince and David Bowie died. In the month of David Bowie's death (Jan of 2016), his songs made up 18% of total songs played that month. In the month of Prince's death, his songs made up 36% of songs played!
While there is a slight uptick in unique songs played per year in 2015 and 2016, the number of unique artists has remained constant. One explanation for this could be the "music blocks" or a certain artist.
In 2016, Thursday and Friday overnights were your best chance to hear the most unique artists. During "The Chart Show" on Weds at 8 PM, that's when you hear the least distinct artists (which makes sense as it's a weekly countdown show).
Over 323 different Prince songs were played since 2012. The upper whisker saw four artists with plays of at least 173 distinct songs - the Beatles, Prince, Bob Dylan and David Bowie.
Here is another link to the interactive version where you can filter by artist and year -