Top Ten Tuesday: WKBO (1230 AM Harrisburg PA), 7/9/79

WKBO in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s claim to fame is that they were the first radio station to report on the partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power plant in March 1979. At the time, they were the #1 Top 40 station in the Harrisburg area, but would be overtaken by Wink 104 several years later. They spent the next 15 years moving between all news, Adult Contemporary, and Adult Standards before Clear Channel leased the station to One Heart Ministries in 2000, which turned it into a Contemporary Christian station, "Fortress 1230." One Heart now owns the station and continues the Christian format. Here’s their Top Ten from July 9, 1979.

  1. “Does Your Mother Know” – Abba
  2. “Can’t Stand It No More” – Peter Frampton
  3. “Ring My Bell” – Anita Ward
  4. “We Are Family” – Sister Sledge
  5. “Gold” – John Stewart
  6. “I Want You To Want Me” – Cheap Trick
  7. “When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman” – Dr. Hook
  8. “Shine A Little Love” – Electric Light Orchestra
  9. “Boogie Wonderland” – Earth Wind & Fire
  10. “Bad Girls” – Donna Summer

That’s Top Ten Tuesday for July 12, 2022.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: WKBO (1230 AM Harrisburg PA), 7/9/79

  1. I loved listening to all of these especially that you went with ABBA first.
    I know all of these like Ring My Bell which I haven’t heard in eons nor the Donna Summer classic. I was just beginning to dance to these classic songs and, when I was 16, I would go to Charlie Chan’s, a disco in the basement of a high end Chinese restaurant. Sunday nights were for the young kids who could not get into the regular crowds that drank and danced. We just danced and drank Cola or, for me, mountain dew.

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    1. The reason I did the ABBA song first was that it was #10 on WKBO’s survey for the week 😜… I pull a survey off of the ARSA website and go with whatever they have. (ARSA stands for Airheads Radio Survey Archive.) I pick a city I’ve been to and check out the surveys for the stations that are there. I learn an awful lot that way…

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