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This lively blast from the past peels back the many layers of the Top 40 phenomenon: the DJs fans singles jingles dedications contests requests and more. The book features interviews with such renowned radio personalities and programmers as Casey Kasem Dick Clark Wolfman Jack Cousin Brucie Morrow Gary Owens and many others and includes a link to exclusive online audio of airchecks a rare recordings from 16 legendary DJs on actual Top 40 broadcasts a so that readers can hear the crazed creative and compelling voices that made Top 40 so memorable. Also includes lots of fantastic black-and-white photos to help readers put faces to the voices they know so well a bibliography and index and a special Top of the Pops section featuring the Number One records of Top 40 radio from 1957 through 1997 as calculated by the staff of Gavin.
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.