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KINK's "Lights Out" Moves To Sundays Only

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  • Started 4 years ago by Craig_Adams
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  1. This from All Access:

    ------------------------------------KINK Introduces ‘The Lounge After Hours’------------------------------------

    ALPHA BROADCASTING Triple A KINK/PORTLAND, OR has decided to take its long-running nightly show "Lights Out" and move it to SUNDAY nights only from 10p to midnight. The show features ambient and electronic styles and has been a mainstay since the ‘70s.

    In its place, the station is introducing "The Lounge After Hours" in the same weeknight time slot. It features the best selections from the station's Live Performance Lounge archives.

    "We have so many great recordings from the KINK Live Performance Lounge from the past four decades that we wanted a place to spotlight them," said PD DENNIS CONSTANTINE of the move. "This is the perfect opportunity to create a show that specializes in acoustic and stripped-down versions of songs people have come to know and love.

    "When ‘Lights Out’ was launched, there was a plethora of music in that style being released. As time has progressed, new music in this style has become less available and more difficult to find," he added. "As a fan of the show for many years, this was a very difficult decision for me to make. Ultimately, I decided that the spirit of KINK is to move forward and explore new horizons. I’m very excited about the potential for ‘The Lounge After Hours.'"

    In addition to the Sunday-night version of "Lights Out," there is also a dedicated channel to the show on

    Posted on March 3, 2010 - 08:50 PM #
  2. CouvMan

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    "‘The Lounge After Hours.'" seems like a XM Deep Tracks rip off

    KINK would be wise to adopt the entire Deep Tracks model

    Posted on March 3, 2010 - 09:20 PM #
  3. "Lights Out" is such an extreme departure from what the rest of the station has become, I would have expected this move years ago.

    Posted on March 3, 2010 - 10:10 PM #
  4. Bertha

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    The elevator music is finally moving to one night only. Good move!

    Posted on March 3, 2010 - 10:43 PM #
  5. Pat

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    That's too bad.

    Posted on March 3, 2010 - 11:44 PM #
  6. I agree with Randy, 100%.

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - 01:56 AM #
  7. uh, let's try this...

    Posted on March 4, 2010 - 07:32 PM #
  8. motozak3

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    The tapes of "Lights Out" I recorded off-air in 2004-2006 helped me get through that period with my sanity a little more intact than it otherwise would have been.

    Well, I guess now I have less reason to listen to KINK. Too bad...

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - 09:19 PM #
  9. missing_kskd

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    I think it's a good move overall.

    On Sunday, if it makes sense, we can remember a little bit about what KINK was.

    The deep tracks stuff is generally more popular right now, and the studio recordings all have a local story. KINK would be wise to tell it while airing the tracks for context, and to build some connection that can be used later on to better compete.

    Posted on March 6, 2010 - 09:27 PM #
  10. what a bummer. I liked lights out. I didn't notice this thread. I saw a few complaints over on Facebook on the KINK forum

    Posted on March 10, 2010 - 07:00 PM #
  11. I think the issue with "Lights Out" is the rest of the station has reformatted over the years and "Lights Out" stuck out like a sore thumb. One of the programming philosophies out there is that the station should sound consistent, no matter what time of the day, because potential listeners will tune in and expect to hear what the station advertises, versus special or block programming for P1s.

    Posted on March 10, 2010 - 09:15 PM #
  12. Major bummer indeed. Lights Out was a major part of KINK's identity, whether one liked the programming or not. In my circle of friends, everyone listened to KINK at night specifically to hear Lights Out. If you read above, you'll see that Dennis Constantine himself acknowledged that Lights Out was their "mainstay" since the 70's.

    In this rat race world we live and work in, it was nice to find something to just unwind to, free of the constraints of the spoken (or in this case, sung) word. And what better time for that than right before bed. I personally know that Lights Out was great for unwinding, and, um, as the original Leon Phelps would concur, other romantic endeavors. Just doesn't work with the new programming at all.

    Lights Out withstood the disco era, the glam rock era, the techno and euro era, and the grunge era. Too bad it is being cashed in for the "unplugged" era, which, incidentally, is already well past it's prime. That, too, will come and go.

    On a positive note, I am very thankful that KINK will continue to offer Lights Out on Sunday nights. Let's hope that sticks around. Please?

    Posted on March 25, 2010 - 09:36 AM #
  13. Lots of stations tend to hang on to "dinosaur" programming, long after it's served its useful life. Probably the best example, in my opinion, was KGON's long-running, "Get the Led Out" - I mean 15 minutes of Led Zeppelin EVERY damn night for crying out loud? A few years ago (before they finally stopped), I wanted to do a parody of it, called "Get the Hell Out", featuring the music of Richard Hell; but my PD at the time wouldn't buy into it. Oh, well.

    Posted on March 25, 2010 - 12:16 PM #
  14. Could Lights Out move elsewhere? if a non commercial station could bring smooth jazz back it would make sense.

    Posted on March 25, 2010 - 07:07 PM #
  15. Pat

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    A lights out type program might be a good fit for KBOO.

    Posted on March 25, 2010 - 09:09 PM #
  16. missing_kskd

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    Heck, if it's that good of a niche, sign people up for $5.99 / month, and stream the thing.

    Posted on March 25, 2010 - 10:36 PM #
  17. skeptical

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    . . . or hear it free here: (even with dial up)

    Posted on March 25, 2010 - 11:12 PM #
  18. semoochie

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    I believe KINK used to stream "Lights Out" 24/7! Maybe, they still do.

    Posted on March 26, 2010 - 01:51 AM #
  19. Some of the best music I've ever heard on Kink during Lights out. Wish I'd have been better at paying attention to who the artists were! Fully half my music library was influenced by lights out, particularly when it was put together by that first dj. Dang. Can't remember his name either.

    Posted on August 1, 2010 - 12:44 PM #
  20. Stot-You maybe thinking of Scott Carter.

    Posted on August 1, 2010 - 05:11 PM #

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