American Top 40 in the Boston market
Thu Mar 4 23:27:49 EST 2021
WOKO was the first radio job I ever had. And, yes, it was 1460 in Albany, down the street from where I lived as a teenager in the late 1960s.
I worked at WOKO off and on for a couple of years through two owners, and it was an eye-opening experience in many ways.
The WOKO call sign went away in 1983 when the owner changed format to all-news WWCN. Since then, it went back to WOKO a year, then WGNA for about four years while it simulcast the FM of the same call, then Disney for over a decade as WDDY, and since 2014, it's been WOPG .
The Burlington FM picked up the WOKO call in 1990.
It was also used by an FM in Paxton, IL for about a year 1983-1984.
From: Boston-Radio-Interest [mailto:boston-radio-interest-bounces@lists.BostonRadio.org] On Behalf Of A Joseph Ross
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2021 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: American Top 40 in the Boston market
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" <email@example.com> 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.)
>  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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