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Winter Chapter Meeting: Brandeis University (Feb 4, 2017)

  AMS-NE Winter Chapter Meeting Saturday, February 4th, 2017 Slosberg Recital Hall Brandeis University Waltham, MA 9:30-10:00       Refreshments and Registration Morning Session: Gateways to Perception 10:00               Welcome 10:05                John Klaess (Yale University),  Music and Race in the Emergence of the "Urban Contemporary" Format, 1977-1987 In the early 1980s, radio industry commentators noted the arrival of a new station format, suggestively tit led "Urban Contemporary." Stations employing this format--a mix of classic and new R & B, disco, and fun k, book -ended by weekend rap programs--rose to prominence in several major markets.  By 1982, two Urban Contemporary stations competed for highest-rated station in New York City. Yet commentators could not a gree on a definition of Urban Contemporary, nor on what c riteria should be used to articulate such a