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If you're listening ever so closely to Star 98.7 these days, they've slightly shifted formats, combining "Real Star Variety" with -- drumroll please -- '80s music. (Like we didn't get enough "totally '80s" weekends). Further down the radio dial, the "new" KBIG 104.3 has switched to a playlist that includes today's best music, some dance stuff and -- ready for this -- '80s music. (Both are owned by radio industry giant Clear Channel - so it's no wonder that even their websites use the same template.)

We heard Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" followed by Outkast's "Hey Ya" on Monday's morning drive on KBIG. Star's playlist includes Pat Benetar's "We Belong" and EMF's "Unbelievable" and Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me."

But check out Star's website, and the station's Top 10 lists all current music: Gwen Stefani, Rob Thomas, Maroon 5, Jet and Lifehouse. Hmm. Makes us think about the stations' recent format and programming decisions. Seems like both stations are trying to be more like Jack 93.1, whose mantra is play mainstream whatever music with no talk.