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The Hits Just Keep on Coming

The History of Top 40 Radio



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The Hits Just Keep on Coming by Ben Fong-Torres
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This lively book peels back the many layers of the Top 40 phenomenon: the DJs, fans, singles, jingles, dedications, contests, requests - all the lightning-fast "platter chatter," to quote the inimitable Wolfman Jack. Some of Top 40's most colorful DJs (also known as "cooler rulers") rant and rave about pioneering radio history's greatest format. "Fifth Beatle" Murray the K, "the Real" Don Steele, Chuck Blore, Robert W. Morgan, B. Mitch Reed, Tom "Big Daddy" Donahue, Joe "Rockin' Bird" Niagara, and many others tell their exciting stories. A special chapter highlights the notorious Alan Freed, who coined the term "rock and roll" but was soon destroyed by practising pay-for-play and the subsequent congressional payola hearings of 1959. The book includes an exclusive CD with "airchecks" - rare recordings from actual Top 40 broadcasts - so that readers can hear the crazed, creative, and compelling voices that made Top 40 so memorable. Airchecks include DJs Gary Owens, Joey Reynolds, Bobby Dale, Casey Kasem, Bobby Ocean, and many more.

Author Biography

Ben Fong-Torres, perhaps best-known as a former award-winning reporter and editor at Rolling Stone, was a DJ on the acclaimed rock station KSAN for nine years. He also wrote and narrated a syndicated radio special, "San Francisco: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been," which won a Billboard Award for Broadcast Excellence. Former managing editor of Gavin - the first publication to chart Top 40 hits for radio - Fong-Torres has written for dozens of magazines including Esquire and GQ.
Release date NZ
December 1st, 2001
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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Backbeat UK
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