Music: You Don't Know Jack

But you will. It's the automated format that loves the '80s and loses the DJ. And it's taking over radio

A promo that ran last week on Los Angeles' 93.1 Jack FM consisted of a real caller yelling into the station's voice mail that he hated the station so much, it made him want to stick a hot poker in his ears. A few weeks earlier, in New York City, an angry Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a very bad word because 101.1 Jack FM replaced his beloved oldies station. (You'd think the guy could afford a satellite radio.) Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band said it was like replacing the Statue of Liberty with a blow-up doll, which he...

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