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Nov 3, 09 RE: New England 1965 Top 40 Surveys..... ARSA Jim
 
Geno, as promised, after a final "marathon, 13-survey keying session" today, I have
now finished adding in all 36 of the 1965 weekly WAVZ surveys that I currently own.
(I don't have a scanner yet, but I'm hoping that my wonderful "Santa Mary" might get
me one for Christmas!) I still have all of the 52 1965 WDRC/Hartford surveys, and
about a dozen 1965 WPOP/Hartford lists to go; I'll get those into ARSA as soon as I
can, Geno. I hope these new lists will assist in providing you with the more
complete 1965 New England Top 40 radio snapshot you were looking for (as I now ice
my swollen typing fingers!)  :)     -Jim 
Nov 1, 09 ANY IMPROVEMENT WORTH ITS SALT Ben E. McCoy
 
i am in agreement there, Mark, as probably many others
who have come up against similar correction problems...
a new tweak in the kitchen goes a long way with the cooking!
Nov 1, 09 RE2: MINOR CORRECTION Tim Warden
 
Wow, Jim. I"m impressed... you're a master at what the French call "Le Systeme D"
;-)  I've also been annoyed by those stragglers.  The code in that area is indeed
not very tidy, and believe it or not, I actually started a project to clean it up
back in 2006.  I see if I can't finish that up within the next couple of weeks. --
Tim
Oct 31, 09 RE: MINOR CORRECTION ARSA Jim
 
I have fixed that station's frequency entry, Ben. While I'm on this topic, I've long
noticed that when a new station gets entered into ARSA, it often seems to create 2
separate entries for it: one bad and one good. Tim does not currently provide a
"delete station" option, so the only way I've ever known to correct this problem is
to do some research, find either an old or a current station not in the database,
and overlay it into the "bad info" line. It would be a little easier if I could
just "cleanly" go ahead and just delete it. No big deal, though. I've become quite
used to working around the occasional, minor ARSA "hiccup"!  -Jim
Oct 31, 09 MINOR CORRECTION Ben E. McCoy
 
the current survey posting for station WPHD lists the
frequency of "103", but incorrectly shows "AM" rather than "FM" for this
broadcaster.
Oct 29, 09 CFNY Toronto RE: 1981-10-29 / CFNY ( Toronto, Ontario ) ARSA Jim
 
Hi Kenn! John Foxx's LP info is now where it belongs; thanks for the heads up!  -Jim
Oct 29, 09 CFNY Toronto 1981-10-29 / CFNY ( Toronto, Ontario ) K.A. Scott
 
Hi Jim...

  When you get around to giving this chart the once-over for new albums to add to
the database (probably five minutes from now, knowing you!), please note that the
John Foxx album "The Garden" is currently redirecting to a John Denver album with
the word "Garden" in the title!  

  Cheers,

  - Kenn.

  
Oct 22, 09 DRAKE-DONAHUE RESEARCH Ben E. McCoy
 
gosh, Roy, thank you very much, Sir, for the great suggestions on where i can pursue
my historical studies on the two men who changed the face of AM AND FM radio all
over America... what i hope to uncover is just WHEN AND HOW the individuals in
question developed their own unique guiding philosophies and methodologies --
diametrically opposed, of course -- which led to these programmers' latter
accomplishments in the radio industry.

again, you have my appreciation for helping in the direction of my research.

ben.
Oct 21, 09 RE: BILL DRAKE AND TOM DONAHUE Roy Ballard
 
hey ben. to get the straight scoop as to conversations between bill drake and tom
donahue in the 1960's, here are a couple of suggestions:
contact gary mora, the "boss jock" of online kyaradio.com. 1voman@comcast.net gary
still keeps in touch with norman davis, the dj in the upper right hand survey
corner and also tommy saunders, another veteran kya dj. you might join his kya
facebook page too. they were all there in that time.

also, david jackson is curator of the bay area radio museum and a member of arsa.
david.jackson@bayarearadio.org  he has a wealth of information and is very helpful.
also ben fong torres is a radio historian in these parts.

good luck.   roy
Oct 20, 09 BILL DRAKE AND TOM DONAHUE Ben E. McCoy
 
me again with a perspective about the amazing pairing of
two former radio programming giants on KYA radio's DJ slate...
i would liken this situation to that just PRIOR before the U.S. Civil War when
Grant and Lee were young buck officers serving together amiably in the same outfit
-- yet each of whom held widely opposing viewpoints on how to run things (the Army)
which would not come to fruition until a few years later...
jump ahead to the 1960's, same situation with Drake and Donahue, both of whom would
be major factors in changing the way our radio stations would sound for a long time
to come.
i am curious to know if either man had words with the other concerning broadcast
programming practices WHILE they were still colleagues working together at KYA in
1961???
Oct 20, 09 KYA/BAY AREA RADIO WEBSITES 0
 
thanks again, Roy, for pointing out those two superb websites for local historical
background on Radio KYA and other notable bay area stations. both will prove
invaluable to my research.
BTW, have found an amazing footnote concerning two major radio programmers -- who
rose to national acclaim during the 1960's -- are first listed on KYA's survey #236
(publication date December 4, 1961):
BILL DRAKE as the new 6-9 a.m. morning drive DJ and
TOM DONAHUE with an afternoon show from Noon to 4 p.m. 
it was in 1965, that the "Boss Radio" Top 40 format was successfully launched KHJ
in Los Angeles by the RKO-consulting team of (Bill) Drake & (Gene) Chenault.
and in 1967, Tom Donahue launched his own broadcasting revolution with an
album-oriented, free-form type of programming at Crosby Broadcastng's FM stations
in San Francisco (KMPX) and Los Angeles (KPPC)... 
what is so coincidental about all this is that BOTH Drake and Donahue, whose latter
radio ventures were antithetical towards each other, worked side-by-side in their
early DJ days at KYA!
Oct 19, 09 RE: OLDEST SURVEY AND KYA BACKSIDES Roy Ballard
 
hi ben! i too enjoy the ads on the surveys and agree they add a lot to the arsa goal
of "preserving the past". it's fun to see phone numbers before area codes, e.g.
douglas 2-2536 and products like vicks still going strong today.

however, one song on my kya 1962-01-08 survey made my palms sweat: "greetings (this
is uncle sam)" by the valadiers - those memories i can do without!

to help on your 1950's radio project you might want to check the "bay area radio
museum" that has lots of professional history on stations going way back.
bayarearadio.org/index_b.shtml

also, to hear the old kya ads and jingles while i'm inputting, i go to kyaradio.com
and sometimes make requests for a song on my survey.   cheers!  roy
Oct 19, 09 CHUM Toronto RE: 1982-08-28 / CHUM-FM ( Toronto, Ontario ) K.A. Scott
 
'81 surveys are a-comin'!  I've got some CFNY stuff that will be inputted soon, and
will get to the CHUM and CHUM-FM material at some point later down the line. 
(Probably not for at least a few months, though.)

As for Men At Work, I think like a lot of British, Aussie, and NZ new wave groups
in the 80s, they found mainstream success in Canada several months to a couple of
years before they hit it big in the US.  Offhand, I know Men At Work, Split Enz,
Tears For Fears, The Fixx and Dexy's Midnight Runners fell into this pattern --
there are quite a few others as well.  So the first Men At Work chart run
represented the initial flushes of Canadian success, probably with limited
promotional resources.  (Hence the somewhat surprising mid-range placing.)

Then, a month or two later, the single and album started climbing the US charts and
the band started touring and doing promotional appearances across North America like
crazy, with a much larger US-based promotion budget.  Result: the album re-enters
CHUM's top 30, and peaks even higher.

That's my take on it, anyway!

Cheers,

- Kenn.
Oct 18, 09 OLDEST SURVEY AND KYA BACKSIDES Ben E. McCoy
 
first, my thanks for the info on KLBS radio being the earliest known posted survey
on ARSA thus far. i am currently engaged in historical comparison studies about the
1950's when failing AM radio broadcasters began switching over to playing "rock &
roll", "popular music", "records for the masses", etc. and hence, also began
publishing their own local market's radio song surveys as a public service and
promotional tool.

and secondly, my kudos to Roy Ballard for posting BOTH sides of KYA's poop
sheets... i find it fascinating and not a little nostalgic being able to view many
of the product tie-ins of the day which ranged from fast-cash loans to pimple
creams and the like. altogether, having both sides of such classic surveys helps
put a period perspective on each particular issue.
Oct 17, 09 CHUM Toronto 1982-08-28 / CHUM-FM ( Toronto, Ontario ) A.R. Paine
 
Hey Kenn, 
Thanks for posting more CHUM-FM album charts.  I wonder why the Men at Work album
failed to reach the upper chart echelon upon its initial release... With a dearth
of surveys from 1981 (just ten!), I'm hoping that you have CHUM '81 singles or
album charts... Cheers! A.R.
Oct 16, 09 Harold P.S. ... ARSA Jim
 
Meant to type in "Ottawa, Ontario" for their hometown.
Oct 16, 09 RE2: The group "Harold" - Thanks, Geno & Nathan ARSA Jim
 
Thanks, guys, for the help with a recent new obscure ARSA title. I discovered that
"Harold" is actually a duo, made up of former memebrs of the Ontario. Ontario band
"The Townsmen". Those "one common word" obscure group names are always the toughest
for me to track down additional info on. Among Harold's other songs (not yet in
ARSA) is the I've-got-to-hear-it "Ode To Linoleum"!   -Jim
Oct 15, 09 RE: "Come On Up" by Harold? Martin Nathan
 
Geno:  I checked the Gemm website,  the singer is just called Harold
Oct 15, 09 RE: EARLIEST MUSIC SURVEY DATE Gary Pfeifer
 
 Ben,

   The earliest survey we have posted here at ARSA is one from Feb. 7, 1955 from
KLBS in Houston.
Oct 15, 09 EARLIEST MUSIC SURVEY DATE Ben E. McCoy
 
just wondering if anyone knows the call letters of the radio station with the
EARLIEST known date for a published music survey that's been posted here on
ARSA???
i thought it would be an interesting historical footnote for some of us chart-buffs
hereabouts...

ben mccoy.