The Press: The Day the Music Died

Sleepy listeners to WITT, a soft-spoken popular-music FM radio station in Tuscola, Ill., may have wondered whether some lunatic had just been named station manager. A news program came on at 6 a.m., as it does every morning—but it did not go away. At this moment, the news is still playing on WITT, and there is no indication when Glenn Miller and the top 40 will return.

The Tuscola station is merely one of the latest converts to the "all news" format, a music-free marathon of news, sports, weather and feature programs that has become the hottest formula in radio. Pioneered in...

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