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A radio-friendly concert roundup

Has the almighty internet killed the radio star?

In a word, no. Sure, with the emergence of Pandora, Spotify and a variety of other streaming or subscription services for music lovers, it would be understandable if local radio regressed. But based on Nielsen’s Winter 2016 numbers, ample ratings still exist for Buffalo-area stations across all genres; and once summer arrives, local radio’s influence is asserted with a bevy of concert productions.

WEDG presents (insert guitar-geared rock act here). WBLK presents (insert hip-hop act here). WYRK presents (insert most of Darien Lake’s schedule here). Regardless of infringement by a variety of other providers, Buffalo frequencies are still tastemakers for summer’s concert schedule, and which station you listen to — or what kind of listener you are — may lead you to a variety of shows.

In recognition of this influence, here’s a handy listener identification guide, as well as some station-friendly suggestions to add to your season’s to-see list.

92.9 Jack FM

Genre: iPod shuffle

For those who like: songs by the Offspring, Styx and Depeche Mode — in succession; enthusiastically singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” at weddings or bars; or yelling out “I love this song!” in a car.

Three shows for Jack listeners:

Barenaked Ladies, Howard Jones and OMD – June 14, Artpark

Whitesnake – June 28, Artpark

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge – July 26, Artpark

93.7 WBLK – The People’s Station

Genre: Hip-hop, urban contemporary.

For those who like: songs by 2 Chainz, Rihanna and Lil’ Wayne; the impressive vocational versatility of comedian, pageant host and morning DJ Steve Harvey; or ample servings of woofer-served bass.

Three shows for WBLK listeners:

Public Enemy – June 23, Canalside

Drake – Aug. 12, First Niagara Center

Coolio – Aug. 18, Canalside

Mix 96

Genre: Modern and classic pop.

For those who like: songs by Justin Timberlake, Pink and Taylor Swift; listening to some (but not all) of your kids’ music; or gleefully singing ’90s pop in a minivan full of horrified tweens.

Three shows for Mix listeners:

21 Pilots – June 21, Canalside

Coldplay – Aug. 1, First Niagara Center

O.A.R. – Aug. 3, Artpark

97 Rock

Genre: Classic rock

For those who like: songs by Pink Floyd, George Thorogood and Lynyrd Skynyrd; deep evening cuts and barstool commentary from Slick Tom; or believing that most music released after 1979 is worthless.

Three shows for 97 Rock listeners:

Bad Company and Joe Walsh – June 7, Darien Lake

Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa – July 7, Canalside

ZZ Top and Greg Allman – Aug. 23, Darien Lake

Kiss 98.5

Genre: Modern pop

For those who like: songs by Ariana Grande, DNCE and Lukas Graham; post-dinner dance parties with DJ Anthony; or screaming at eardrum-bursting levels for boy bands.

Three shows for Kiss listeners:

Kiss the Summer Hello with Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea and more – June 19, Canalside

Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas – July 17, First Niagara Center

5 Seconds of Summer – July 6, Darien Lake

102.1 The Edge – Toronto

Genre: Canadian-accented alt rock

For those who like: songs by Arkells, the Sheepdogs and Arcade Fire; discovering new bands or overlooked northern classics; and patiently listening through static while waiting for clear reception.

Three shows for Edge listeners:

Frank Turner, July Talk – June 16, Canalside

Blue Rodeo, Basia Bulat – June 21, Artpark

Lowest of the Low – Aug. 11, Canalside

Star 102.5

Genre: Office-appropriate pop rock.

For those who like: songs by Katy Perry, the Weeknd and Adele; keeping cubicle-hosted hits at a reasonable volume; and quietly humming the catchiest tunes between trips to filing cabinets.

Three shows for Star listeners:

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals – July 12, Artpark

Ben Folds – July 13, Artpark

Goo Goo Dolls – Aug. 20, Darien Lake

103.3 The Edge – Buffalo

Genre: ’90s-accented alt rock.

For those who like: songs by Silversun Pickups, the Killers and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; wearing black concert tees on evenings and weekends; and gradually realizing that good music has been released since 1999.

Three shows for Edge listeners:

Edgefest – July 31, Canalside

Bush – Aug. 2, Rapids Theatre

Blink 182 – Aug. 24, Darien Lake

Country 106.5 WYRK

Genre: Modern country.

For those who like: songs by Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean; lyrics about worn boots, warm beer and four-wheel drive; or double-fisting Fireball while donning a cowboy costume.

Three shows for WYRK listeners:

Miranda Lambert – June 23, Darien Lake

Frankie Ballard – June 30, Canalside

Zac Brown Band – July 3, Darien Lake

Alternative Buffalo 107.7/104.7

Genre: Millennial glam-accented alt rock

For those who like: songs by Cage the Elephant, Tame Impala and AWOLNATION; using iPhones to needlessly film live performances; or nights resplendent with skinny jeans, bushy beards and backing synth.

Three shows for Alt Buffalo listeners:

Boy & Bear – June 10, Town Ballroom

Borns – June 14, Waiting Room

Kerfuffle – July 23, Canalside