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I worked for Kroger back in the early 1990s in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Back then... the music and in-store ads/jingles were delivered via c-band satellite by POP Radio Corp. (The In-Store Broadcasting Network). The music played in the same order every 2 -3 hours (in a 3 week rotation) with ads and a jingle every 15 minutes ('You're listening to the In-Store Broadcasting Network", "You're listening to Kroger Radio... part of the In-Store Broadcasting Network", "Kroger Radio-o-o", "P-O-P Radio-o-o", "The In-Store Broadcasting Network... The Only Radio-o-o", etc.). Some of the songs on the rotation back then were:

Air Supply - Even the Nights Are Better

Kenny G - Sentimental, What a Wonderful World

Natalie Cole - Unforgettable

Rita Coolidge - I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love

Eric Carmen - Make Me Lose Control, All By Myself

Paul Davis - Cool Night, I Go Crazy

Helen Reddy - Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady

Billy Joel - She's Always a Woman to Me

Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better, All I Want Is You

The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly Wow, You Are Everything

Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker

Barbra Streisand - Somewhere, Woman in Love

Carole King - So Far Away, It's Too Late

Glen Medieros - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You

Neil Diamond - Love on the Rocks

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You

Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Were Made for Walking

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart

Neil Sedaka - Laughter in the Rain

Billy Preston - Nothing from Nothing

Irene Cara - What a Feeling

Sheena Easton - For Your Eyes Only

Barry Manilow - Looks Like We Made It

REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore, Keep on Loving You

Petula Clark - Downtown

Herb Alpert - No Time for Time

Cowsills - The Rain, The Park, and Other Things

There were songs from the Carpenters and other great artists as well.

 

 

 


 Out of ALL those songs, some of which I agree are classics, the ONLY ones that are played currently at my Kroger (by the In- Store Audio Network, which may be a totally different company than the In-Store Broadcasting network you mention??) or I have even heard sometime within the last 3 years are:

Billy Joel-  She's always a Woman to Me 

And possibly .....    Irene Cara -  "What a feeling" , although I may be thinking of a similar sounding song! 

Also............  Petula Clark - "Downtown"    was played on Thursdays when we used to have "Seniors Day".  No more Seniors Day, and no more Old -Oldies  on Thursdays! 

 

 

 



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I worked for Kroger back in the early 1990s in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Back then... the music and in-store ads/jingles were delivered via c-band satellite by POP Radio Corp. (The In-Store Broadcasting Network). The music played in the same order every 2 -3 hours (in a 3 week rotation) with ads and a jingle every 15 minutes ('You're listening to the In-Store Broadcasting Network", "You're listening to Kroger Radio... part of the In-Store Broadcasting Network", "Kroger Radio-o-o", "P-O-P Radio-o-o", "The In-Store Broadcasting Network... The Only Radio-o-o", etc.). Some of the songs on the rotation back then were:

Air Supply - Even the Nights Are Better

Kenny G - Sentimental, What a Wonderful World

Natalie Cole - Unforgettable

Rita Coolidge - I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love

Eric Carmen - Make Me Lose Control, All By Myself

Paul Davis - Cool Night, I Go Crazy

Helen Reddy - Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady

Billy Joel - She's Always a Woman to Me

Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better, All I Want Is You

The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly Wow, You Are Everything

Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker

Barbra Streisand - Somewhere, Woman in Love

Carole King - So Far Away, It's Too Late

Glen Medieros - Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You

Neil Diamond - Love on the Rocks

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You

Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Were Made for Walking

Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart

Neil Sedaka - Laughter in the Rain

Billy Preston - Nothing from Nothing

Irene Cara - What a Feeling

Sheena Easton - For Your Eyes Only

Barry Manilow - Looks Like We Made It

REO Speedwagon - Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore, Keep on Loving You

Petula Clark - Downtown

Herb Alpert - No Time for Time

Cowsills - The Rain, The Park, and Other Things

There were songs from the Carpenters and other great artists as well.

 

 

 


 Actually, there are some classics in there...Many of those will probably be around a lot longer than whatever current crop of artists keep putting out...In the case of The Carpenters, Neil Sedaka and Carole King, it was the songwriting that made their music stand out! I would take a bunch of old instrumentals over what they consider music nowadays! Or at least have the decency to mix up a few classics in with the modern stuff...



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I couldn't find this song anywhere on YouTube, so I decided to upload it. Enjoy!

www.youtube.com/watch

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Does anybody know that one song thats only an instrumental guitar? Its kinda short but catchy and i could never figure it out. Sounds kind of like elevator music



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Our store currently has about a 5 hour music loop.

I can tell because the chorus for "Best of Intentions" by Mutemath is ****ing obnoxious.



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Our store currently has about a 5 hour music loop.

I can tell because the chorus for "Best of Intentions" by Mutemath is ****ing obnoxious.


 Yes, I mentioned (on another thread a few weeks ago) that this totally trashy, obscure, annoying song is played INCREDIBLY FREQUENTLY for no apparent reason. I usuallyhear it about every 4 to  hours, and for some odd reason it comes on within MINUTES of my clocking in, no matter what time of day it is!! So strange. 

 

 It MUST be that someone at the In-Store Audio Network is related to one  of the band members?????????????   



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Our store currently has about a 5 hour music loop.

I can tell because the chorus for "Best of Intentions" by Mutemath is ****ing obnoxious.


 Yes, I mentioned (on another thread a few weeks ago) that this totally trashy, obscure, annoying song is played INCREDIBLY FREQUENTLY for no apparent reason. I usuallyhear it about every 4 to  hours, and for some odd reason it comes on within MINUTES of my clocking in, no matter what time of day it is!! So strange. 

 

 It MUST be that someone at the In-Store Audio Network is related to one  of the band members?????????????   


 I meant to write "4 to 6  hours" 



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OK, guys...I've had these under my hat for a little while, but here are 30 MORE EARWORMS that the In-Store Audio Network has chosen to infect us with! Enjoy!biggrin

1. ECHOSMITH Tell Her You Love Her
2. EMMA BUNTON Maybe
3. KEANE Won't Be Broken
4. RIHANNA Take A Bow
5. MAX FROST Paranoia
6. JONAS BLUE FEAT. J.P. COOPER Perfect Strangers
7. MADHOUSE Into The Groove
8. ZEDD, MAREN MORRIS & GREY The Middle
9. KELLY CLARKSON Love So Soft
10. THE REMBRANDTS Johnny Have You Seen Her
11. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE FEAT. CHRIS STAPLETON Say Something
12. OLLY MURS Right Place Right Time
13. LUKAS GRAHAM Take The World By Storm
14. ASTRID S Think Before I Talk
15. ANDY GRAMMER Smoke Clears
16. KYGO FEAT. MATY NOYES Stay
17. KYGO FEAT. ONEREPUBLIC Stranger Things
18. SELENA GOMEZ Bad Liar
19. RIHANNA FEAT. CALVIN HARRIS We Found Love
20. ROB THOMAS Pieces
21. JILL ANDREWS We Are Energy
22. ANDREW ALLEN Loving You Tonight
23. KATY B Crying For No Reason
24. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Mirrors
25. NIALL HORAN & MAREN MORRIS Seeing Blind
26. DAUGHTRY Waiting For Superman
27. RITA ORA Anywhere
28. GEORGE EZRA Don't Matter Now
29. SEPTEMBER Cry For You
30. THE BRILLIANT THINGS Feels Like Summer

Seriously, In-Store Audio Network??? evileye You can do MUCH, MUCH better!!!no

 



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The current In-Store Audio Network is a distant cousin of the old P.O.P (Point of Purchase) Radio Corporation in the late 1980s and early 1990s. When I worked for Kroger between 1991 and 1993, P.O.P Radio and the In-Store Broadcasting Network were one and the same. The music was provided by Muzak and they provided the commercials/jingles. They were sent to the stores via c-band satellite. They provided music/ads/jingles to Kroger, Tom Thumb, Minyard Food Stores, and Eckerd Drugs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Because of financial difficulties, P.O.P Radio was purchased by Heritage Media sometime in the early 1990s. In the early to mid-2000s, it looks like were two separate companies: P.O.P Radio and In-Store Broadcasting (Audio) Network. They both merged into the In-Store Audio Network.

As I mentioned in a previous post, our store received non-instrumental music (Carpenters, Manilow, the Stylistics, REO Speedwagon, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Air Supply, Eric Carmen, Cowsills, etc.). But, there was a time before this when we received an elevator/instrumental version of the satellite feed (Paul Mauriat, Herb Alpert, Zamfir, etc.)

Muzak by far picked fantastic music... plus they did not let the commercials/jingles play over the music. The music ended... Kroger jingle... a couple of ads... music played... music ended... P.O.P Radio ID jingle... a couple of ads... music played... music ended... In-Store Broadcasting Network ID jingle... a couple of ads... etc. over and over again. The music/ads/jingles played in a continuous loop about every 2 - 3 hours... might have heard the same song twice or three times in a shift, but it was great music. The music changed weekly but would rotate over and over again every three weeks. Therefore, you heard the sames songs only every three weeks.

If I worked for In-Store Audio Network... I could teach them a few things about music/ads/jingles. #1 Do not play ads over the music. #2 Pick the old standards (60s, 70s, and 80s... and only mix in a few of the 90s, 00s, and 10s). #3 Use a good studio to develop store specific jingles. FORTUNATELY, I was able to get a couple of the old Kroger, P.O.P Radio, and In-Store Broadcasting Network jingles/IDs on .mp3 several years back. Brings back good memories. I play a few songs from my store days... play a few of these jingles... and it is like I am back at the store. Good times.



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It goes something like this...

 

she'll burn you to the ground...

she rides the white train...

her papa was a rolling stone...

she's a gypsy of the night

 

we've heard the song many times but only snippits...trying to piece it together...seems like its played almost every day

 

any ideas?



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If I worked for In-Store Audio Network... I could teach them a few things about music/ads/jingles. #1 Do not play ads over the music. #2 Pick the old standards (60s, 70s, and 80s... and only mix in a few of the 90s, 00s, and 10s). #3 Use a good studio to develop store specific jingles. FORTUNATELY, I was able to get a couple of the old Kroger, P.O.P Radio, and In-Store Broadcasting Network jingles/IDs on .mp3 several years back. Brings back good memories. I play a few songs from my store days... play a few of these jingles... and it is like I am back at the store. Good times.

 I'd love to hear some of those jingles...You should upload them to YouTube or something...Maybe do what this guy did...

https://boingboing.net/2015/10/11/this-guy-uploaded-a-collection.html



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I work at a store that uses the InStore Audio Network and there is a song that a co-worker and I have been trying to figure out.  It appears that it is one of the super rare ones.  I don't know if anybody can help us.

The lyrics go something like
"I'm under pressure / keep fooling myself / I'm stressed / wherever I turn / whatever I do / got me feeling / that my life ain't going nowhere"

The song sounds very 80s synth-poppy.  I actually recording a junky version on my phone if needed, but I'm hoping somebody might know what I am talking about?



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I work at a store that uses the InStore Audio Network and there is a song that a co-worker and I have been trying to figure out.  It appears that it is one of the super rare ones.  I don't know if anybody can help us.

The lyrics go something like
"I'm under pressure / keep fooling myself / I'm stressed / wherever I turn / whatever I do / got me feeling / that my life ain't going nowhere"

The song sounds very 80s synth-poppy.  I actually recording a junky version on my phone if needed, but I'm hoping somebody might know what I am talking about?


 Most of the "music" I hear over the In-Store Audio Network has lyrics that are about 70%  unintelligible........... on so many songs, I really can't be 100% sure of what words I'm hearing. (You see, I actually like to understand the lyrics of a song........what a weird concept!)   

 

One of the songs I heard today has one especially unintelligible phrase repeated about 20 times, by  a girl who's voice is so whiny, shrill, and irritating,(sounds like someone singing in high-pitched "baby talk") it flabbergasts me that she was able to get a recording contract.   

However, the song lyrics you seem to be hearing are a perfect fit for the average Kroger employee..............probably no one in Corporate would be sharp enough to notice that.  And as the overly enthusiastic ISAN guy says:  "Sing along.......we don't mind!!!!!!"    



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I work at a store that uses the InStore Audio Network and there is a song that a co-worker and I have been trying to figure out.  It appears that it is one of the super rare ones.  I don't know if anybody can help us.

The lyrics go something like
"I'm under pressure / keep fooling myself / I'm stressed / wherever I turn / whatever I do / got me feeling / that my life ain't going nowhere"

The song sounds very 80s synth-poppy.  I actually recording a junky version on my phone if needed, but I'm hoping somebody might know what I am talking about?


 Most of the "music" I hear over the In-Store Audio Network has lyrics that are about 70%  unintelligible........... on so many songs, I really can't be 100% sure of what words I'm hearing. (You see, I actually like to understand the lyrics of a song........what a weird concept!)   

 

One of the songs I heard today has one especially unintelligible phrase repeated about 20 times, by  a girl who's voice is so whiny, shrill, and irritating,(sounds like someone singing in high-pitched "baby talk") it flabbergasts me that she was able to get a recording contract.   

However, the song lyrics you seem to be hearing are a perfect fit for the average Kroger employee..............probably no one in Corporate would be sharp enough to notice that.  And as the overly enthusiastic ISAN guy says:  "Sing along.......we don't mind!!!!!!"    


 Of course they don't mind.  They're not the ones who have to listen to it.



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At my store there is a song I hear every now and then. I have been hearing this song for a while. I can never quite hear it because this particular song is like super quite for some reason unless you are right under the speaker. It I think says something like "ahh now honey oggie boggie" that's all I can ever seem to hear. Not even sure if that's right though or not as I can never seem to find it.



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There is a song that only recently started playing at my store. It has a very sharp-sounding synthesizer melody, almost like a harpsichord put through autotune, the same instrument the whole way through, and no vocals. The closets way I can describe the melody is "hauntingly beautiful" but without vocals, I have no way of looking it up. It stands out very much from the other songs played at our store. If anyone recognizes it or has an idea, please help me out!



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Could it be, "Summer Madness" by Kool and the Gang (1975)? I have heard that numerous times on our radio. I think it would be more typical of Emerson, Lake and Palmer than Kool. I really enjoy it when it comes on. 



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It could possibly be 

Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey (1978) or...Yes Sir, I Can Boogie by Baccara (1977). 

The latter had been in circulation on the In-Store Radio Network from around 2015-2016. 



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In regards to the Boogie song, it's definitely the Baccara tune played often.

 

The one currently driving me insane not knowing is a song played fairly often as of late, chorus sounds something along the lines of "I don't need an alibi".. sounds early 90s pop ish. I believe they play another song by the same artist or at least sounds the same. Google turns up nothing but it gets stuck in my head often if anyone knows.

 



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One i've been hearing for months, can never hear the verses good enough just the chorus....basically "Woah..oh oh...oh woah OH OH.

It's a mellow song with a female singer.



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One i've been hearing for months, can never hear the verses good enough just the chorus....basically "Woah..oh oh...oh woah OH OH.

It's a mellow song with a female singer.


 "Woah..oh oh...oh woah OH OH."

 

Modern American songwriting at it's finest.    SAD. 



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Thanks for the posts. I work at a Kroger store in east Tennessee and have managed to identify several songs over the years, but these lists have helped with some of the mystery tunes. There's one that still eludes me, though. It sounds like the lady is saying "We are not fringe, we don't fall apart. We're just trying to get in a word." At the end, she says it one final time, "WE ARE NOT FRINGE!" Those may not be the exact words, but it goes something like that. I would love to know what that song is. 



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How bout that loud ass chime noise alerting us that a new jam is about to drop in the playlist? Got some bangers going lately like Eye of the Tiger and Welcome to the Jungle!



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Yupp, thats to keep us motivated to work harder.

 



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Yupp, thats to keep us motivated to work harder.

 


 

Not me.  I hate music when I'm working.  When the loud music comes on, I stop what I'm doing and complain about Kroger being run by a bunch of idiots.



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Yupp, thats to keep us motivated to work harder.

 


 

Not me.  I hate music when I'm working.  When the loud music comes on, I stop what I'm doing and complain about Kroger being run by a bunch of idiots.


Welcome to the jungle! It gets worse here every day!no

I wonder if the programmers even know what that song means???confuse

 



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Don't forget "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic, "Jump" by Kris Kross, "Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas, "Centerfield" by John Fogerty and the ubiquitous "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by the C+C Music Factory...



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If any of you guys want to read a history of this "background music", check this out...

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/06/inside-the-booming-business-of-background-music



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If any of you guys want to read a history of this "background music", check this out...

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/06/inside-the-booming-business-of-background-music


 Interesting article. However, (predictably), it has no mention of our Bottom of the Barrel "In Store Audio Network" that Kroger uses.  Reading the article makes it clear that the streaming services available nowadays typically have easy access to "VAST" numbers of songs (millions?) of all genres, time periods and artists.  So why does ISAN have such a limited and repetitive playlist?  Because they are a low-grade company, and probably (one of the, if not the) cheapest one out there, since Kroger still insists on sticking with them....... for years on end. 



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At our store "Jump" by Van Halen plays occasionally after those hourly chimes. 



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In regards to the Boogie song, it's definitely the Baccara tune played often.

 

The one currently driving me insane not knowing is a song played fairly often as of late, chorus sounds something along the lines of "I don't need an alibi".. sounds early 90s pop ish. I believe they play another song by the same artist or at least sounds the same. Google turns up nothing but it gets stuck in my head often if anyone knows.

 


 Heard this today around 6:15 AM, but no clue. Google has nothing.

Other lyrics heard include "on the run" rhyming with "begun". As mentioned, early 90s dance pop vibe..... female vocals, kind of comparable to Pebbles or Taylor Dayne who also are played but not them. A mystery.



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So this one is playing at my store a lot. It sounds joke this whiney female singer singing over what almost sounds like church music. It isn't good. It doesn't really flow. Can anybody help me identify it?



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So this one is playing at my store a lot. It sounds joke this whiney female singer singing over what almost sounds like church music. It isn't good. It doesn't really flow. Can anybody help me identify it?


 Half of of the songs In Store Audio Network plays on our music feed is a WHINEY FEMALE SINGER" or female group.  The other half is mostly whiny, shrill, stident, moany or growling male or male group.  The music STINKS!!!!!!!!



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So this one is playing at my store a lot. It sounds joke this whiney female singer singing over what almost sounds like church music. It isn't good. It doesn't really flow. Can anybody help me identify it?


 During Christmas, we had Sia's "Candy Cane Lane" playing. Great!



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Commercials are getting recycled.  The loud, annoying woman screeching about the "beebee ale" (which, I guess, is loud, annoying womanspeak for "baby aisle") is bombarding us again in 2019.

 



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INGRID MICHAELSON Time Machine



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Apparently, there is a company that runs these radio stations for stores. They are called The Feel Good Music or some ****. They play music depending on the time of day. For instance, in the afternoon they will play upbeat music to pump up the customers psychologically which somehow makes them buy more ****. In the morning, it will be suicidal increasing songs for the old people to not get too excited over. All in all, it is utter garbage.

Side note, I personally like the racist "Avocados from Mexico" theme song.



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What's racist about avocados from Mexico? 

 

Also we sometimes hear the same song back to back.  



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What's racist about avocados from Mexico? 

 

Also we sometimes hear the same song back to back.  


 The fact they got Mexicans singing it. Trust me. Lots of Hispanic customers here complain about it all the time but the managers can't do anything about it.



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Once again. I'm so glad the front end of our store has the speakers so high up that I don't have to hear this drivel.

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