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ON KEENER13.COM: MOTOWN ‘TOP 13’ COUNTDOWN!

December 11th, 2017

THE KEENER13.COM ALL-TIME TOP 13 MOTOWN HITS

ABOUT THIS KEENER13.COM MOTOWN TOP 13 COUNTDOWN

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This special Keener13.com “Motown Countdown” was created, produced and narrated by Scott Westerman for the celebrated ‘2003 Keener 13 Woodward Dream Cruise’ radio broadcast, Saturday, August 16, 2003.

This segment would be one of several Keener “Countdowns” having aired during the 12-hour WKNR WDC radio extravaganza from 14 years ago, exclusively on WXDX-AM 1310.

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Audio courtesy and property of Scott Westerman and Keener13.com 




WDRQ-FM BACK ON THE RADIO: KEVIN O’NEILL

December 9th, 2017


WDRQ RECALLED ON MOTOR CITY RADIO FLASHBACKS

WDRQ-FM 93.1 * 1980 * KEVIN O’NEILL


NEW! Kevin O’Neill WDRQ aircheck dates:

Tuesday, December 09, 1980 and Wednesday, December 10, 1980

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* The Jim Feliciano Collection *



DETROIT FREE PRESS Tuesday, December 9, 1980


DETROIT FREE PRESS Tuesday, December 9, 1980


WHAT DETROITERS READ THE MORNING AFTER JOHN LENNON DIED



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A BILLBOARD CLASSIC ’45 AD FLASHBACK! 12/09/1967

December 8th, 2017

A BILLBOARD Warner Bros. 7 RECORDS AD PAGE RIP: “The Other Man’s Grass Is Always Greener” Petula Clark December 09, 1967 (click on image 2x for largest view)


PETULA CLARK * 1967

LOOKS LIKE OLD-STYLE CROSBY-TYPE CHRISTMAS . . . DECEMBER 8, 1962

December 7th, 2017

From the MCRFB NEWS archives: 1962

Christmas ‘Oldies’ Dominate Holiday Platter Selections

 

 

 


 

NEW YORK — As Thanksgiving faded into memory last week, many of the country’s top deejays turned to their yuletide singles and albums and began to do their Christmas hoppin’ early.

Bing Crosby White Christmas

One result of this fast-off-the mark action with holiday songs was a flurry of sales action across the country for both new and old Christmas platters. Record
industry sources felt that the action was developing “faster than last year,” largely as a result of the early promotion.

Among oldies moving in the singles field were Bing Crosby’s durable Decca waxing of “White Christmas“; as much a Christmas feature as sidewalk Santas, currently just a single notch under the “Hot 100” list.

Also oldie-but-active were David Seville and the Chipmunks‘ Liberty waxing of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Chipmunk Song” and “Alvin’s Harmonica.” Back on radio station turntables was the Harry Simeone Chorale’s “Little Drummer Boy,” on 20th Fox; Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock,” on Decca, and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.”

No New Stuff Yet

There weren’t a whole lot of new Christmas singles yet anyway, and only a few were developing action. Among the strongest were Ray Stevens‘ “Santa Claus Is Watching You,” and the Simeone Chorale’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Both on Mercury. In the album field, there was even stronger emphasis on established artists and material. An album developing action – thanks to a growing amount of radio exposure for various tracks – was the Philadelphia Orchestra’s “The Glorious Sounds Of Christmas.”

Mitch On Hand

Other Christmas albums on the move included Columbia’s “Holiday Sing Along With Mitch,” Johnny Mathis’ “Merry Christmas” and Ray Conniff’s “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” RCA Victor’s “Elvis’ Christmas Album” was moving up also, as was Bing Crosby’s new waxing for Warner Bros. Bobby Vee, whose “Merry Christmas” album on Liberty was developing action, was a virtual newcomer to the circle of established album artists scoring Christmas sales.

The Christmas sweepstakes isn’t over yet, by any means. More Christmas records are due to be released, and stations are not yet really in the swing of full blast of Christmas programming.

However, it didn’t appear likely last week that the Christmas oldies were going to be displaced radically by new yuletide releases. END

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(Information and news source: Billboard; December 8, 1962)


Bing Crosby


Harry Simeone Orchestra


The Chipmunks


Ray Conniff



 

THE NATION’S TOP 150 ALBUMS! THIS WEEK 12/08/1962

December 6th, 2017

A rip from the Billboard pages. THE BILLBOARD TOP LP’S chart December 08, 1962 (click on image 2x for largest detailed view)


THIS WEEK’S TOP LP’s. 55 YEARS AGO

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A NEWSPAPER PRINT ‘MOTOWN’ FLASHBACK: 11/24/95

December 4th, 2017


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1995

DETROIT FREE PRESS: ‘Motown Star Dies After Cancer Battle’

(Above article courtesy freep.com newspapers archives. Copyright 2017; Newspapers.com).


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PROGRAMMING DETROIT FM RADIO: THIS WEEK IN ’63!

December 2nd, 2017


Sunday, December 01, 1963

 DETROIT FREE PRESS: FM HIGHLIGHTS 

(Above article courtesy freep.com newspapers archives. Copyright 2017; Newspapers.com).


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DECADES MEMORIES! A ’60S YOU-TUBE VIDEO REWIND

December 2nd, 2017

TURN TURN TURN * THE BYRDS * 1965



DECADES MEMORIES! A ’60S YOU-TUBE VIDEO REWIND

December 2nd, 2017

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ * MAMAS & THE PAPAS * 1965



WQTE-AM BACK ON THE RADIO: TOM CLAY!

November 24th, 2017

WQTE RECALLED ON MOTOR CITY RADIO FLASHBACKS

WQTE-AM 560 * 1961 * TOM CLAY


Tom Clay WQTE (Johnny Mathis Special) aircheck date: Sunday, March 12, 1961

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NEW! A special THANK YOU to Bob Pratt, of Farmington Hills, MI, for recently donating this WQTE radio aircheck (unscoped) to Motor City Radio Flashbacks!

 * The Bob Pratt Collection *



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