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American Top 40 'Uncle Sam' logo, by artist, Paul Gruwell, circa 1970

The original American Top 40 'Uncle Sam' logo, by artist, Paul Gruwell, circa 1970.

 

WPGC 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 (which 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 in 1983.

Casey 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.

Fans 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.

The original shows, now restored digitally are also available from CharisMusicGroup.com where many of the chart lists can also be found.

Three 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.

Read more on the history of the show and its evolution. See which stations are airing re-broadcasts of the original shows nationally.

 

 

AT 40 Guest Host, Dave Roberts writes:

Nice 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 time.

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.

BTW, 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.

When 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.)

What's 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 and through).


 

'Every week, American Top 40 is heard coast to coast and around the world on great radio stations like....'

According 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.

Click 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 cuts.

An extra special Good Guy salute to Pete Battistini who compiled the majority of the below. All clips are © Watermark, Inc.

Also added, are Question Letters and Long Distance Dedications sent in by WPGC listeners over the years.

 

Individual WPGC Station Mentions
#14 - Presidents - 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 Years Of Love
#16 - Brewer & Shipley - One Toke Over The Line
#9 - Tommy James - Draggin' The Line
#32 - Paul Stookey - Wedding Song (There Is Love)
#32 - Persuaders - Thin Line Between Love & Hate
#12 - Joe Simon - Drowning In The Sea Of Love
#20 - Stylistics - You Are Everything
#35 - April Wine - Could've Been A Lady
#33 - Neil Young - Old Man
#29 - Moody Blues - Isn't Life Strange
#2 - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose - Too Late To Turn Back Now
#31 - Bill Withers - Lean On Me
#34 - Lighthouse - Sunny Days
#23 - Spinners - Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
#39 - Focus - Hocus Pocus
#12 - Johnnie Taylor - I Believe In You (You Believe In Me)
#15 - Billy Preston - Space Race
#38 - B.B. King - I Like To Live The Love
#35 - Natural Four - Can This Be Real
#20 - Aretha Franklin - I'm In Love
#7 - William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You Got
#15 - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
#22 - Blackbyrds - Walking In Rhythm
#34 - Michael Jackson - Just A Little Bit Of You
07/19/75 #2 - Van McCoy - The Hustle
#24 - Simon & Garfunkel - My Little Town
#6 - Seals & Crofts - Get Closer
#32 - L.T.D. - Love Ballad
#24 - Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
#8 - Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat
#18 - Peter Brown - Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me
#36 - Steve Miller Band - Swingtown
#11 - Exile - Kiss You All Over
#31 - Poco - Heart Of The Night
#17 - Cars - Let's Go
#16 - Dr. Hook - Sexy Eyes
#18 - Brothers Johnson - Stomp!
#7 - Manhattans - Shining Star
#26 - Don Williams - I Believe In You
#9 - Hall & Oates - Kiss On My List
#34 - Jim Photoglo - Fool In Love With You
#7 - Pointer Sisters - Slow Hand
#5 - Stevie Wonder - That Girl
#15 - Glenn Frey - The One That You Love
#25 - Juice Newton - Heart Of The Night
*Guest Host - Dave Roberts

 

WPGC Station Mentions Montage

 

 

WPGC Listener Question Letters
06/12/71 Rockville What song was on the charts the longest?
07/10/71 Washington Are the other Osmonds on Donny's songs?
04/09/72 Silver Spring What's the most controversial song ever?
01/13/73 Washington Same artist, same title, but different song?
08/04/73 Suitland Did any artist have #1 song of the year, twice?
06/22/74 Washington Did any White artists hit #1 on Soul chart?
03/03/79 Silver Spring Which family had the most recording acts?
09/20/80 Arlington Which married couple hit #1 the most?
02/26/83 Laurel Which recording act had the shortest name?

 

WPGC Listener Questions Montage

WPGC Long Distance Dedications
10/27/79 Leesburg When Will I See You Again - Three Degrees
04/26/80 Manassas Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
02/21/81 Riva Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand
06/20/81 Rockville If - Bread

 

WPGC Long Distance Dedications Montage

Casey Custom WPGC Production Elements
01/01/71 Promo for Good Guys - :06
© Watermark, Inc.
Apr. 1971 Promo for Big Wilson - :06
© Watermark, Inc.
Mid '70's WPGC Custom tracks - :17
© Watermark, Inc.

 

 

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