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

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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
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Overview

(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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879306649
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 820,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: In the Still of the Night 4
Acknowledgments: This Is Dedicated ... 8
Introduction: Radio Ga Ga 11
1 Video Killed the Radio Star 15
2 The First Time ... 19
3 The King of the Old Moondoggers 31
4 The Founding Daddy-os 37
5 The Good Guys 47
6 Bill Gavin: Let's Work Together 59
7 Hey, Mr. Deejay, I: The Initial Buzz 65
8 You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio 81
9 Busted 93
10 Hey, Mr. Deejay, II: I'm Sorry 117
11 Listen to the Music 127
12 Hey, Mr. Deejay, III: East Side, West Side 133
13 Hit Me With Your Best Shot 147
14 Big Boss Man 167
15 British Radio: Sink the Pirates 193
16 FM (No Static At All) 199
17 Just Running Scared 211
18 Video Killed the Radio Star (Reprise) 223
19 Different Strokes ... 245
Top of the Pops 252
Bibliography 264
Index 268
Credits 271
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