American Top 40 in the Boston market
A Joseph Ross
Thu Mar 4 21:29:33 EST 2021
On 3/3/2021 3:26 AM, John Clark wrote:
> The WOKO call letters originally disappeared from 1460 Albany in
> 1983...which at that time became WWCN. The WOKO call letters were
> restored to 1460 in 1987...only to be eliminated again a year later.
> It was in 1990 that the call letters were moved to Burlington on 98.9....
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> WOKO? I remember when that call was in Albany. When did that change?
> On 3/2/2021 4:49 PM, Garrett Wollman wrote:
> > <<On Tue, 2 Mar 2021 14:06:14 -0500, "James Duffy"
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> >> 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.
> > Did (CBS-owned) WHTT ever carry (CBS-syndicated) Top 40 Satellite
> > [sic] Survey with Dan Ingram in this timeframe?
> > ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
> > Ingram's is the countdown show I remember most from growing up; it
> > aired on WQCR 98.9 in Burlington (now WOKO) -- and it was distributed
> > on a pair of long-playing discs, not satellite. WQCR ran an illegal
> > contest when they were airing Ingram, call in Monday evening and name
> > the Nth song on Sunday's countdown and they would give you "all the
> > songs" on that week's chart -- by which they actually meant they would
> > give you the "destroy after air" syndication discs, complete with
> > Ingram's patter, commercials, prerecorded promos, and everything.
> > (I just got out my 1989 M Street Directory to see if Q-99 had switched
> > to WOKO by then, but they were still WQCR. A quick rundown of the
> > Spring '88 Arbitron 12+ AQH ratings for the Burlington-Plattsburgh
> > market: WXXX 95.3, 19.8; WIZN 106.7, 16.9; WEZF 92.9, 14.1; WQCR 98.9,
> > 9.6; WJOY 1230, 9.0; WVMT 620, 7.3; WDOT 1390, 5.1; WLFE 102.3, 3.4.
> > Who gets ratings like that any more? None of the Plattsburgh stations
> > made it into the Arbitron book, not even class-C WGFB 99.9. WNCS was
> > still on 96.7 in Montpelier, an unrated market, and -- I did not know
> > this -- was apparently competing with WORK for the 104.7 allocation.
> > M Street also gives Birch ratings, which included non-commercial
> > stations, and Vermont Public Radio's WVPS got an 8.1 in the Spring '88
> > Birch book.)
> > -GAWollman
> >  The set that I received was, I think, lost in a flood in 1991. I
> > can remember two bits of Ingram patter, one talking up Peter Gabriel's
> > "In Your Eyes" 'in your ears', and one talking up Sting's "Russians"
> > 'yes, the Russians _are_ coming'. Unfortunately, these songs charted
> > about a year apart so I have no idea whether either one was on the
> > discs that I "won".
> >  I'd love to see the intab for either of these surveys just to
> > assuage my curiosity about how much listenership CFQR, CJFM, and CHOM
> > were getting south of the 45th parallel, before all the drop-ins came
> > on the air and made those frequencies uncopyable.
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