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Updated: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:17:34 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

AMP Calgary radio station gives up on short songs format



AMP Calgary radio station has been playing shorter songs on air since last Friday. It says the reaction so far has been mixed, but is "generally quite favourable." CBC

AMP Calgary radio station has been playing shorter songs on air since last Friday. It says the reaction so far has been mixed, but is "generally quite favourable." CBC

A Calgary radio station has given up a format featuring shorter versions of songs which it said gave listeners twice the music.

The station, 90.3 Amp (CKMP), changed to the style called QuickHitz nearly three weeks ago.

Owner Newcap Radio said it was a first for a radio station in Canada and perhaps the world to take up the format.

But Steve Jones, vice-president of programming, said the station went back to its original format Tuesday.

He says there were threats of lawsuits on behalf of a number of unnamed musical artists and the company decided it wasn't worth it to continue.

Jones says he is convinced that the format is a good one and could be rejigged and brought back in the future.

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