Top Ten Tuesday: KICK (1340 AM, Springfield MO), 3/22/75

KICK, at 1340 on the AM dial in Springfield, Missouri, is now broadcasting a conservative news-talk format. It had been a Top 40 station from when it signed on in 1950 until 1991, when it changed its call letters to KIDS. Here is their Top Ten from March 22, 1975. For those who prefer the playlist, you can find it here.

10 – “You Are So Beautiful,” Joe Cocker

9 – “Lonely People,” America

8 – “Jackie Blue,” Ozark Mountain Daredevils

7 – “Roll On Down The Highway,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive

6 – “Lady Marmalade,” Labelle

5 – “Black Water,” Doobie Brothers

4 – “Lady,” Styx

3 – “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You,” Sugarloaf

2 – “My Eyes Adored You,” Frankie Valli

1 – “Have You Ever Been Mellow,” Olivia Newton-John

That’s Top Ten Tuesday for March 21, 2023.

Top Ten Tuesday: KOOK (970 AM, Billings MT), 3/17/68

KOOK (pronounced "cook") in Billings, Montana went on the air in 1951 and presumably was a Top 40 station until 1998, when they changed to KBUL and broadcast a country format. They’re now a news-talk station simulcasting on 103.7 FM. And that’s about all I could find out about them, though I did find this ad from 1981:

The announcer on the commercial is Major Dan Miller. Anyway, let’s examine their Top Ten from St. Patrick’s Day in 1968. If you prefer the playlist, you can find it here.

10: Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl”

9: Donovan, “Jennifer Juniper”

8: The Monkees, “Valleri”

7: Petula Clark, “Kiss Me Goodbye”

6: The Troggs, “Love Is All Around”

5: The First Edition, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”

4: Manfred Mann, “The Mighty Quinn”

3: Hugo Montenegro, “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly”

2: The Balloon Farm, “A Question Of Temperature”

1: 1910 Fruitgum Company, “Simon Says”

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for March 14, 2023.

Top Ten Tuesday: KOIL (1290 AM, Omaha NE), 3/13/59

I’m going to do things a little different. Rather than creating a playlist, I put the individual songs in the post yesterday, and my brother seemed pretty happy with it, so I’m going to try that again. I’ll still create a playlist for those who want it, I just won’t embed it like I had been. Let me know how you like it!

KOIL first went on the air in 1925, and was purchased by promoter Don Burden in 1953. He turned KOIL into a Top 40 station, and it remained one until Burden’s licenses were revoked in 1976, due to certain improprieties (e.g. bribery). The station came back several months later with a new owner. It’s now a news-talk station and an affiliate of the Kansas City Chiefs radio network. Here’s their Top Ten from March 13, 1959.

10 – Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, “Petite Fleur”

9 – The Diamonds, “She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)”

8 – Andy Williams, “The Hawaiian Wedding Song”

7 – The Crests, “Sixteen Candles”

6 – Brook Benton, “It’s Just A Matter Of Time”

5 – The Chipmunks, “Alvin’s Harmonica”

4 – Lloyd Price, “Stagger Lee”

3 – The Bell Notes, “I’ve Had It”

2 – Frankie Avalon, “Venus”

1 – The Coasters, “Charlie Brown”

Here’s the Top Ten as a playlist:

That’s Top Ten Tuesday for March 7, 2023.

Top Ten Tuesday: KENO (1460 AM, Las Vegas NV), 2/24/75

KENO in Las Vegas is still around as a Spanish-language sports-talk channel. They played Top 40 from the 1950’s until the early ’80’s, calling themselves "Musicradio 1460 KENO." Here’s their Top Ten from February 24, 1975.

  1. Best Of My Love – Eagles
  2. Boogie On Reggae Woman – Stevie Wonder
  3. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head – Electric Light Orchestra
  4. Mandy – Barry Manilow
  5. #9 Dream – John Lennon
  6. Part Of The Plan – Dan Fogelberg
  7. Black Water – Doobie Brothers’
  8. Fire – Ohio Players
  9. Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
  10. Have You Ever Been Mellow – Olivia Newton-John

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 28, 2023.

Top Ten Tuesday: WTSN (1270 AM, Dover NH), 2/24/63

WTSN in Dover, New Hampshire went on the air in 1956 as a Top 40 station. At some point (Wikipedia doesn’t say when), they switched to a News/Talk format. TSN stands for Twin States Network, signifying that they serve the Seacoast region of New Hampshire and southern Maine. They’re members of the Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins radio networks, and have a translator station, W251CF, at 98.1 FM. They identify themselves as "News Talk 98.1 WTSN." Here is their Top Ten from February 24, 1963. I can honestly say that, until yesterday afternoon, I hadn’t heard #10 through #4.

  1. Little Eva, “Let’s Turkey Trot”
  2. Neil Sedaka, “Alice In Wonderland”
  3. The Orlons, “South Street”
  4. Rick Nelson, “That’s All”
  5. Johnny Mathis, “What Will Mary Say”
  6. The Tornadoes, “Ridin’ The Wind”
  7. Richard Chamberlain, “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
  8. Skeeter Davis, “End Of The World”
  9. Roy Orbison, “In Dreams”
  10. The Four Seasons, “Walk Like A Man”

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for February 21, 2023.