By Ethan Smith
Updated December 15, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Programming directors across the country weigh in on their most rotated singles and the next big thing.

WEAT, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Adult Contemporary) Chad Perry ”Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” Whitney Houston: ”People have waited for new Whitney for a long time.” ”Blessed,” Elton John: ”Since it’s about wanting to have a child, it appeals to anyone who likes kids—obviously a lot of people.” ”(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” Celine Dion: ”Not exactly risk-taking, but a nice ’90s update of the classic.” One to Watch: ”Believe in You,” Jude Cole: ”A singer-songwriter with an accessible, countryish sound. Really stands out in the clutter of a day’s worth of music.”

KLDR, Grants Pass, Ore. (Top 40) Chad Bowar ”One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men: ” When you’ve got stars this big together, they could probably sing the phone book and it would go to number one. But this also happens to be a good song.” ”When Love and Hate Collide,” Def Leppard: ”Eighties hair metal is supposed to be dead, but Def proves ’em wrong. One of those ballads males aren’t afraid of.” ”Good Intentions,” Toad the Wet Sprocket: ”It took being on the Friends soundtrack for them to break through, but you’ve got to do what it takes.” One to Watch: ”Wonder,” Natalie Merchant: ”Proves it was no mistake leaving 10,000 Maniacs.”

WFUV, New York City (AAA) Rita Houston ”Wrecking Ball,” Emmylou Harris: ”A Neil Young gem uncovered by Harris, and a high point in her 20-plus-year career.” ”Petit Pays,” Cesaria Evora: ”People who normally turn up their noses at world music can’t resist this singer from Cape Verde, Africa.” ”Leaving the City,” G. Love & Special Sauce: ”It’s down and dirty blues, ’90s-style.” One to Watch: ”Secret Heart,” Ron Sexsmith: ”A quiet, simple, and beautiful song from an underrecognized singer-songwriter.”