I feel particular excitement and anticipation regarding this year's retro season. I have no specific reason why, other than blind hope.
In November I requested 4 Rock Arenas and 3 Countdowns. As per the other thread, I now see all 3 Countdowns that I requested have been shown previously, but more than 13 years ago. Maybe that's long enough ago for rage to consider repeating them.
Only one of the Rock Arenas I have asked for appears to have been shown previously, as far as I can tell.
Here's hoping for lots of goodies in the coming weeks...
To be honest, I think most 'they played the episode/s I requested!1!!' claims are due to coincidence and luck, rather than a deliberate effort of rage staff to appease particular viewers.
Each year, there are fewer remaining non-repeated episodes. So the odds of one you've 'requested' being shown increase every year. An occasional exception to this might be if they air something they never have before (e.g. Countdown Friday) after someone suggests it - but I think this would be due to rage not previously realising such source material might exist, then investigating it, rather than them specifically asking Achives to find a particular episode.
I think rage pretty much do/program what they want, and that the playlists for retro month are locked in months before it airs.
The first clues are up, if someone wants to look up what episodes these are.
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I agree that it is a waste when they devote a Retro slot to airing just the biggest hits of the acts featured on the corresponding Countdowns. Obscure or lower charting hits are preferable every time. Better too if that artist doesn't already have a best of DVD, which applies here to 3 of the acts at least.
The first lineup looks good from my perspective - all eighties, and likely to be at least one from 1985.
"...just gives oxygen to all the plebs"
Such an accurate description.
I didn't bother requesting anything this year, and I don't think I did last year either, as I don't think they've ever aired anything I specifically asked for during retro month.
I requested 'It's Your Move' by Zan, either last year or the year before, in the unlikely event that they still had it and would listen to my request (they either don't or didn't).