The emotion Seth talks about in this blog (or see below) epitomizes the passion that listeners have for Classic Rock. And if you've heard any of this "new" Neil Young release, you can relate to this blog entry. Classic Rock stations have an obligation to literally find these "current" gems and showcase them. It's not just because there are Neil Young fans in the audience, or that Neil is a seminal artist. These are the moments that freshen and energize a Classic Rock station, and reminds the audience that Classic Rock isn't just a format - it's organic, it's ever-changing, and yes - it continues to stand the test of time.
And it's not about getting "serviced" on this stuff. Those days are essentially over. Programmers need to go that extra mile to find this music or DVDs or TV audio and get it on the radio. It's what separates Classic Rock from Oldies. Why let tuned-in members of the audience get ahead of the stations that are supposed to be Classic Rock authorities?