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What makes a song a hit?

Danny Kincaid-Kunz and Ralph Meranto on "Connections:
Megan Mack
Danny Kincaid-Kunz and Ralph Meranto on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Monday, February 6, 2023
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What makes a song a hit? How does the political climate change music during different points in history? And what does the changing music industry mean for artists and audiences?

We explore these questions with our guests, who weigh in on the forces that shape music in popular culture. We also preview a performance called “Hitmakers: You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” now on stage at the JCC CenterStage. Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.