was one of the original 7 stations that carried American
Top 40 when it debuted on the July 4th weekend of 1970.
In 1982, Watermark, the production company responsible
for 'AT40' was acquired by ABC Radio who proceeded
to take the show away from long time affiliates in markets where
ABC owned stations. In Washington, the show as taken from WPGC
was running it twice each weekend by then) after
13 consecutive years (the only remaining station of the original
7 and the longest running affiliate at the time) and given to
Q107 for this reason
Kasem passed away on June 15, 2014 at age 82. The original shows
from the '70's & '80's continue to run in syndication through
the Premiere Radio Networks.
of the original show should check out Walt Bailey's tribute
site to 'AT 40' at OldRadioShows.com
that has complete chart lists for all the programs in its various
incarnations over the years.
original shows, now restored digitally are also available from
where many of the chart lists can also be found.
excellent books on the history of the show are Rob Durkee's,
'American Top 40, The Countdown Of The Century' and 'American
Top 40 With Casey Kasem (The 1970's)' and 'American Top
40 With Casey Kasem (The 1980's)' by Pete Battistini.
more on the history of the show and its evolution. See which
stations are airing
re-broadcasts of the original shows nationally.
40 Guest Host, Dave Roberts writes:
site! I'm Dave Roberts, the fill-in for Casey reading the WPGC
mention below on 06/21/80.
(I guest-hosted a total of 4 times until I became host of "The
Hot Ones" on the RKO Radio Network in the 80's.)
I was at (AT 40 affiliate), KYA in San Francisco at the
Interestingly, and not related to being tapped to guest host,
I was also one of the first 7 Sunday morning jocks to rack up
those 10-inch reels (AT 40 was not distributed on vinyl
LP until 1971) and debut that first AT 40 episode back
on the Fourth of July weekend, 1970 on KPOI in Honolulu.
Tom Moffett, the General Manager of KPOI was also one of the
Watermark partners, which is why we were one of the first
seven stations (besides WPGC) to carry the show.
I was working at KYA, (AT 40 Producer), Don Bustany sent
us a request for auditions. At the time, I was the afternoon
drive DJ, Research Director, and "station voice" for
the FM side. The Production Director asked me as I was wrapping
up our daily session why I hadn't set up a time for my audition.
What audition? I hadn't gotten the memo (literally). So, he
said, "Here's the script, why don't you give it a try because
I have to send these out today".
So, I cranked it out quickly and ran off to do my air shift.
A few week's later, it was announced to the staff that I had
been chosen to sit in. The cut with the WPGC
mention was from that first show I guest hosted. I did the
show three more times (although Don called me at least 2-3 other
times, but since I was host of the RKO syndicated show,
he said ABC wouldn't go for that.)
interesting, is that neither Don Bustany or anybody else including
AT 40 co-creator, Tom Rounds (who I had met at KPOI when
he came in to do one of those anniversary shows) knew I had
worked for their partner Tom Moffett in Honolulu. (I'd do a
Long Distance Dedication to "Tom in Honolulu"
if I could...he was a terrific boss and a radio guy through
week, American Top 40 is heard coast to coast and around the
world on great radio stations like....'
to Pete's aforementioned book, here is the complete listing
of American Top 40 shows during the '70's (plus a few
from the '80's) in which WPGC was identified as one of the stations
carrying the show.
on the dates below to see the cue sheets from the show or any
of the songs to hear the WPGC mention for that week. Don't miss
the 20 minute medley of all the mentions below the individual
extra special Good Guy salute to Pete Battistini who compiled
the majority of the below. All clips are ©
added, are Question Letters and Long Distance Dedications sent
in by WPGC listeners over the years.