Yeah, this is in part why I’m wondering if voting was write in, or from a pre-approved list. If the latter, then all you can ever do in is shuffle the previous year’s deck and perpetuate the station’s biases. I imagine the narrowness of the playlist means that anyone still listening to Radio X doesnt venture too far outside their template mind.
I remember my first inkling as a youngster that commercial stations don’t really let the listeners have too much control when our local one had a ‘request any song you want’ weekend. They kept promoting it with all the you request it, we’ll play it" fanfare. So my mate and I phoned up on our milk round, got straight through to the DJ (because it was about 5am!) and asked for History Repeating by Proellerheads. He told us it was something his nan would listen to, refused to play it and then put some crap on that he would have played anyway.