So, I was searching through the “Airheads Radio Survey Archive” for a Top 40 radio station in North Carolina that had a survey from around January 17 in some year that I could feature for today, and I finally found WTLK in Taylorsville. I check Wikipedia, and there was only a stub that said that it’s currently a gospel station. No history. I checked the FCC database, and there was no record for the station. Checking the Radio Locator, I learned they’re a Class B station, running 900 watts daytime and 500 watts nighttime, and that they do have an audio feed to listen over the Internet. Taylorsville is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metropolitan area, so the station did have its listeners in the ’60’s. So, here’s their Top Ten from January 16, 1965.
- Candy Apple Red – Stan Hitchcock
- You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You – Dean Martin
- I’ll Be There – Gerry & The Pacemakers
- Mr. Lonely – Bobby Vinton
- Love Potion Number 9 – The Searchers
- The Wedding – Julie Rogers
- Sugar Daddy – The Snowmen
- I Feel Fine/She’s A Woman – The Beatles
- Downtown – Petula Clark
- Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow The Sun) – Del Shannon
And that’s your Top Ten Tuesday for January 17, 2023.
Grand Forks, North Dakota is where KNOX has been since 1949. In the late 1950’s it became a Top 40 station, then dropped that format for news and talk. It simulcasts on K300BG at 107.9 FM and K277DN at 103.3 FM. Here’s their Top Ten from January 9, 1960.
- April Stevens, “Teach Me Tiger”
- Frankie Avalon, “Why”
- Jan & Dean, “My Heart Sings”
- The Fireballs, “Torquay”
- The Browns, “Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)”
- Johnny & The Hurricanes, “Reveille Rock”
- Miss Toni Fisher, “The Big Hurt”
- Santo & Johnny, “Tear Drop”
- Johnny Preston, “Running Bear”
- Freddy Cannon, “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans”
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for January 10, 2023.
WFRO-AM in Fremont, Ohio was set up as an AM counterpart to WFRO-FM (99.1 FM). The FM station went on the air in 1946 and the AM station three years later. The AM station was a daytime-only station which played a middle of the road format with news and talk, simulcasting with the FM station for part of the day. This went on for some time, until 2001, when the FM station was purchased by BAS Broadcasting and the AM station was purchased by Disney/ABC. Disney’s plan was to move its Flint, Michigan radio station WFDF (910 AM) into the Detroit area and increase its power to 50,000 watts, eventually shutting down WFRO, which they did in 2004. This is their Top Ten from the beginning of January 1956.
- Billy Duke and The Dukes – Rocky Piano
- The Cleftones – You Baby You
- Patti Page – Go On With The Wedding
- Dean Martin – Memories Are Made Of This
- Sheb Wooley – Are You Satisfied?
- Bobby Scott – Chain Gang
- Pat Boone – Gee Whittakers!
- The Four Aces – A Woman In Love
- Bill Haley and His Comets – See You Later, Alligator
- Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra – Lisbon Antigua
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for January 3, 2023.
Currently, 1380 AM in Lawton, Oklahoma is occupied by KKRX, “The Ticket,” a sports-talk station. I didn’t find much history on KSWO, but the ARSA site had their survey from December 24, 1960, with which I have recreated their Top Ten for that date.
- Ballad Of The Alamo – Marty Robbins
- You’re Sixteen – Johnny Burnette
- Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea) – Lolita
- North To Alaska – Johnny Horton
- A Thousand Stars – Kathy Young
- He Will Break Your Heart – Jerry Butler
- Last Date – Floyd Cramer
- Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley
- Alone At Last – Jackie Wilson
- Wonderland By Night – Bert Kaempfert
My thanks go to The45Prof on YouTube, who has accumulated all of the hit singles from the early 1950’s through at least the 1970’s and posted them all onto YouTube. The amount of work he has done is incredible, and we’re all the beneficiaries.
That’s Top Ten Tuesday for December 27, 2022, the last one for 2022.
KYMN in Portland, Oregon wasn’t around very long as a Top 40 station. It took over from KGON in August, 1964, and broadcast Top 40 until September 18, 1967, when they switched to a “Beautiful Music” format. Currently it’s KXET that has a Russian-language Christian format. Here’s KYMN’s Top Ten for December 19, 1964, 58 years ago yesterday.
- Dave Clark Five, “Anyway You Want It”
- The Detergents, “Leader of the Laundromat”
- Dick and DeeDee, “Thou Shalt Not Steal”
- Bobby Vinton, “Mr. Lonely”
- The Impressions, “Amen”
- The Larks, “The Jerk”
- The Supremes, “Come See About Me”
- The Searchers, “Love Potion Number Nine”
- Sue Thompson, “Paper Tiger”
- The Beatles, “I Feel Fine”/”She’s A Woman”
And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for December 20, 2022.