top-40 in 1957

Kevin Vahey
Sun Jun 1 01:43:23 EDT 2014

Growing up WHDH was the station my parents listened to and they also
subscribed to the Herald.

WCOP was what the older kids listened to in my neighborhood ( but around
Porter Sq 1150 was the strongest signal period )

I am 100% positive this is what Bob Clayton's intro to Boston Ballroom was

On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM, Donna Halper <> wrote:

>  On 5/31/2014 2:17 PM, Kevin Vahey wrote:
>  I remember Bob Clayton from the early 60's when he hosted Boston
> Ballroom on WHDH and also did a TV show on Channel 5.
> I would be shocked if Clayton could have played that as again in those
> years WHDH was a strict MOR format except overnight when they let Norm
> Nathan do as he pleased.
> Clayton had a lot of freedom in the 1950s-- his show often featured pop
> and top-40 hits that he recommended and then reported to the newspapers. In
> fact, Newsweek magazine named him one of the five most influential DJs in
> the country and I believe he even made a guest appearance on American
> Bandstand.  I agree that WHDH had a Middle of the Road format, but my
> recollection of Clayton and "Boston Ballroom" is that while he personally
> did not like top-40, he liked being an influential DJ, so he played certain
> top-40 songs he believed in, as long as they weren't too raucous.

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