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What?s hot on the radio — Three stations nationwide comment on their top singles and predict the next hits

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Program directors at three radio stations nationwide comment on their top three singles and predict hits to come.

WSM-FM, Nashville (Country) Lee Cory
”Summer’s Comin’,” Clint Black
”Everybody wants to sing along to a song about summer, especially after last winter.”
”Texas Tornado,” Tracy Lawrence
”One of our most requested artists, right under top acts like Reba and George Strait.”
”When You Say Nothing at All,” Alison Krauss
”A Keith Whitley cover which we digitally mixed, adding Whitley’s voice. The phones just lit up.”
One to watch: ”I Don’t Even Know Your Name,” Alan Jackson
”A guy gets drunk, wakes up married to a waitress whose name he doesn’t know. Classic country.”

WKQX-Q101, Chicago (New Rock) Bill Gamble
”More Human Than Human,” White Zombie
”We anticipated [success], but, requestwise, we’re surprised by how well it’s done.”
”Need You Around,” Smoking Popes
”A local band breaking nationally.”
”Misery,” Soul Asylum
”The album rocks even more than the single.”
One to watch: ”You Oughta Know,” Alanis Morissette
”Lyrics that’ll tear you apart.”

KKRZ-(Z100), Portland (Top 40) Ken Benson
”I’ll Be There For You” (theme from Friends), the Rembrandts
”A fun pop song that’s huge because of the TV show.”
”Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” Bryan Adams
”Another Adams song that pulls every woman’s heartstrings. No. 1 here for four weeks.”
”This Is How We Do It,” Montell Jordan
”A party anthem — this summer’s ‘Whoomp! (There It Is),’ and probably a network’s theme next season.”
One to watch: ”I Can Love You Like That,” All-4-One
”It’s gonna be as big as ‘I Swear.”’