story about Portland Maine Top 40 History
Fri May 7 08:21:00 EDT 2004
Kevin Vahey wrote:
>I remember that Dale Dorman used to come on a half hour early on Monday
>morning because WRKO was off air and Snyder and Snyder would be simulcast
Don't ever remember hearing this. I do recall Dale starting early on
Mondays, but why would WRKO simulcast a Portland morning show? I know they
had a farm show for a while, then for a long time it was wall-to-wall
oldies for the 5am hour.
>That is what is missing today, back in the 60's every NE market had 2 AMs
>slugging it out and being a farm system for announcers.
>Portland WJAB WLOB
Wasn't WCSH also top 40? I know they were in the 70s.
>Manchester WFEA WKBR
>Worcester WORC WAAB
In retrospect it's amazing this went on as long as it did. FM was not a
really much of a factor in those days (and in most cases a simulcast)...so
in both cases 2/3 of the stations in the market were the same format. You
basically had a choice between MOR and top 40. If you didn't like either,
tough luck. Granted, top 40 was huge back then (and certainly it was a
good time to be a teen) but there are a lot more choices today.
>And it was like this nationwide.
>Broadcasting isn't fun anymore
Maybe we're just getting old. :-/
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