The Hits Just Keep on Coming: The History of Top 40 Radio

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2001 - Music - 272 pages
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(Book). This lively blast from the past peels back the many layers of the Top 40 phenomenon: the DJs, fans, singles, jingles, dedications, contests, requests and more. The book features interviews with such renowned radio personalities and programmers as Casey Kasem, Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, Gary Owens and many others, and includes an exclusive CD with "airchecks" rare recordings from 16 legendary DJs on actual Top 40 broadcasts so that readers can hear the crazed, creative and compelling voices that made Top 40 so memorable. Also includes lots of fantastic black-and-white photos to help readers put faces to the voices they know so well, a bibliography and index, and a special Top of the Pops section featuring the Number One records of Top 40 radio from 1957 through 1997 as calculated by the staff of Gavin.
 

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Contents

Video Killed the Radio Star
15
The First Time
19
The King of the Old Moondoggers
31
The Founding Daddyos
37
The Good Guys
47
Let s Work Together
59
The Initial Buzz
65
You Turn Me On Im a Radio
81
Hit Me with Your Best Shot
147
Big Boss Man
167
Sink the Pirates
193
FM No Static at All
199
Just Running Scared
211
Video Killed the Radio Star Reprise
223
Different Strokes
245
Top of the Pops
252

Busted
93
Im Sorry
117
Listen to the Music
127
III East Side West Side
133
Bibliography
264
Index
268
Credits
271
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About the author (2001)

Ben Fong-Torres became news editor at Rolling Stone, and has been a staff feature writer and radio columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Fong-Torres most recently served as managing editor of Gavin, the San Francisco-based trade weekly for the radio and recording industries.

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