WHMS-AM in Charleston, West Virginia is now WSWW AM & FM, broadcasting a sports talk format. At the time this survey was released, WHMS had been sold to a man named Edgar Clinton and had changed its call letters to WTGR, but was still promoting itself as WHMS, “West Virginia’s Hit Music Station.” Here’s their survey from October 1, 1961.
- Tommy Hunt, “Human”
- The Drifters, “Sweets For My Sweet”
- Ray Charles, “Hit The Road, Jack”
- Troy Shondell, “This Time”
- The Jarmels, “A Liittle Bit O’ Soap”
- The Chantels, “Look In My Eyes”
- The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp”
- Elvis Presley, “(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame”
- Roy Orbison, “Candy Man”
- Bobby Edwards, “You’re The Reason (I Don’t Sleep At Night)”
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for October 4, 2022.
7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: WHMS (1490 AM, Charleston WV), 10/1/61”
These are just great to listen to. Most I don’t know but I loved the second song (#9). I can always listen to Roy Orbison.
I was more familiar with The Searchers’ version of Sweets for My Sweet. A lot of British Invasion bands did covers of American bands’ music, especially R&B songs.
That’s one curious list and a couple songs I don’t recognize and a couple more quite obscure, but apparently popular at that time and place.
You’ll generally find that different songs will find an audience in a few locations, possibly because it’s a local group doing it, but sometimes it’s just the audience discovers the song and keeps buying it and requesting that radio station play it. Weird how it happens…
Love these oldies!
I know what you mean. I wasn’t familiar with a lot of these, but I like ’em…