American Top 40 in the Boston market

James Duffy
Tue Mar 2 14:06:14 EST 2021

I think I can provide some context based purely on memory.  Fare warning
though, this might be a little more detail than some would care to know.
AT40 was on AC formatted 98.5 WROR from at least 1980 until the end of 85,
maybe through the year end top 100 special.  Before picking up AT40, WBZ was
carrying Dick Clark's National music survey.  In November of 85, Dick Clark
took over Countdown America.  This initiated several affiliate changes that
did not all occur at once.  When Dick Clark moved to Countdown America in
November of '85, WROR picked it up from top40 WHTT.  Then in January of '86,
WROR dropped At40 for Countdown USA, which happened to be hosted by John
Leader, the previous host of Countdown America.
WBZ actually only carried AT40 until June of '88, when it switched to WZOU
until the end of 1992, which I think is when many affiliates across the
country started abandoning it.
If you ever listen to Casey mention affiliates on his Classic programs, even
as late as 1987 and 1988, you will notice AT40 was carried by many stations
that were full service, AM or not necessarily CHR.

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