…….. HAPPY HOLIDAYS……
THE TOP 35 HITS ON WXYZ ON THIS DATE IN 1966
WXYZ 1270 Detroit Sound Survey; Week no. 34 issued December 5, 1966 under Lee Alan, Program Director; WXYZ
(WXYZ 1270 Detroit Sound Survey for December 5, this date 1966; survey courtesy the Jim Heddle Collection. For the previous weekly WXYZ November 28, 1966 survey click here).
Steve Dahl, after having left WABX-FM in Detroit for the Windy City in 1978, Dahl made a name for himself nationally while at WLUP in Chicago with his memorable (and most disastrous) “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979. For more on this story and Steve Dahl’s early-career in Detroit radio on WABX, go here. Steve Dahl WLUP promotion photo; 1979. (This image offered on eBay in 2012).
GAVIN PROGRAMMING NEWSLETTER
From the Desk of Bill Gavin Billboard Contributing Editor
D U R I N G T H E D A Y S T H A T followed President Kennedy’s death, I was privileged to have talked with many people in radio, from many different cities. Without exception, they expressed shock, grief and even shame that such a thing could happen in the United States of America. Many spoke with pride of the manner in which their respective stations responded to the tragic events and of the loyal, unselfish co-operation of their program staff.
All stations, of course, abandoned their regular formats of popular records, substituting different kinds of serious music. All advertising was canceled until the morning of Tuesday, November 26. Even after that date, many stations were cautiously slow in returning to their full compliment of current hit records. In a few cases, it was reported that even though the regular playlist was once more in effect, disk jockeys simply would not program the more raucous sounds.
The entire response of American radio during those difficult days was a mark of innate good taste and respect for listeners’ feelings on the part of radio people.
T H E Q U E S T I O N has been asked by many — and answered by none: will the sobering reflections of our national tragedy bring about a new trend in programming?
Some things are fairly certain: shock wears off; memories of sorrow grow dim; time erodes the sharp edges of a newly aroused national conscience. It is a part of living there should be music and laughter and entertainment. No one would want it otherwise.
Radio Influences Youth
Network television and radio do an excellent job of presenting and explaining the world’s problems and our concerns with them. Unfortunately, very little of the networks’ news and commentaries ever reach the school-age population. The majority of the teens and pre-teens prefer listening to pop radio. Pop records are its entertainment and disk jockeys are its heroes.
T H E R E A R E D I S K J O C K E Y S who claim to “identify” with teenagers. What some of them mean is that they accept and condone teen attitudes and behavior. What is implied is often the deejay’s approval of the lowest common denominator of juvenile morality. The deejay is the acknowledged leader in the field of records for youth; he too often neglects his opportunities to lead in the direction of more enduring values.
Many radio stations, with their well-publicized “personalities,” are held in far higher esteem by their young listeners than are their schools, their churches, and even their homes. It is time, I think, for such prestige to be used to reinforce, rather than to ignore, the basic values of human living.
Isn’t it time radio stood for something beside competition and profit?
(Information and news source: Billboard, December 21, 1963).
SILVER BEATLES: Members of the Beatles, hottest British group, receive their two silver LP awards from EMI chairman Sir Joseph Lockwood for sales well over the 250,000 mark on each of their albums “Please, Please Me” and “With The Beatles.” The latter was given two weeks ahead of the release of the LP. Advance orders stood at an unprecedented 345,000. At the same ceremony the group was given a miniature silver EP to mark sales of 400,000 for their first EP “Twist And Shout.” The boys have racked up a total sale of over four million on the sum total of all singles, EP’s and LP’s. (Billboard photo; December 7, 1963).
One Million Pre-Sales Prior November 29 in England
HOLLYWOOD — Capitol Records here in the United States has completed negotiations with EMI for exclusive distribution of future recordings by the Beatles, internationally known (Europe) British rock and roll group.
The British band is coming to the U.S. for television appearances in 1964 and Capitol will release the single, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” in mid-January. This single was originally released in England on November 29 and had over one million pre-sales orders, EMI Music claims. END.
(Information and news source: Billboard; December 14, 1963).