STREAMING EXCLUSIVELY ON BIG8RADIO.COM | JULY 3-4 2021
The year 1969 was the one of the years, if not the only year, which CKLW did not present their annual Top 100 year-end countdown. Instead, the Big 8 opted for the Top 100 Hits of the 1960s — closing out the decade — as CKLW prepared to usher in the 1970s.
For the first time ever — Big 8 radio host Charlie O’Brien — will present the hits of 1969 as they were featured on CKLW throughout that memorable year. Beginning with song 100, all the way to the number one song on top, the countdown was tabulated from the weekly CKLW Top 30 Records charts from 1969.
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The countdown starts Saturday, July 3 at 4 p.m., and encores on Sunday, July 4 at 12 noon. Another exclusive presentation by Charlie O’Brien and big8radio.com!
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TWELVE WEEKS overall on the singles chart, “A World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon peaked at #1 this week (1 week) on the Billboard Hot 100. Beginning June 21 through week ending, June 27, 1964. (Source: Billboard)
For our previous Billboard 1964 Number One U.S.A. Hits go HERE
Detroit’s WKSG to Recall Motor City’s Brand of ‘Golden Oldies’
DETROIT — WLBS ended a brief experimentation with top 40 here Friday (November 9) when the station switched its call letters to WKSG and its format to oldies.
Now known as Kiss 102.7, WKSG has adopted the “Kiss Of Gold” format developed by veteran programmer and Detroit native Paul Christy. According to general manager Joe Buys, the new format focuses on music of the ’60s and ’70s, emphasizing Detroit artists and songs that were popular in Detroit in particular.
Program director Sergio Dean continues in that capacity. The rest of the staff will remain intact. However, Buys doesn’t rule out the possibility of signing longtime Detroit personalities: “We could use at least one person who understands Detroit’s lifestyle and characteristics.”
According to Buys, who joined the Inner City Broadcasting-owned station last month after a year in Chicago with Arbitron as central division manager, WLBS had undergone several format changes since its 1979 inception as a disco station.
After a lengthy stint with an urban format, the station switched to a “new music” orientation, which remained in place until last August. At that time, a Burkhart /Abrams-consulted “hybrid” hits format known as “the best of everything” went into effect.
“It didn’t work,” says Buys, noting that WLBS faced stiff competition for the top 40 market from Gannett’s WCZY and Capitol Cities’ WHYT. After researching and “evaluating the market’s holes,” Buys says, “we found ‘gold’ to be the biggest hole.” The Detroit area’s only other oldies station, he notes, is WHND Monroe, a daytime AM outlet which consultant Christy “got off the ground” in 1978.
“The baby boom generation is growing older, and they’re bringing their musical heritage with them,” says Buys. “We found an audience that wants updated gold, and they want stereo FM to hear it on.”
According to Christy, a 25-year radio veteran most recently with WCLS (formerly WABX) Detroit and currently consulting four other stations, WKSG’s ‘Kiss Of Gold’ format was “modeled for Detroit.”
“There is an emphasis on Motown music, of course,” says Christy, “as well as other artists popular in Detroit in the ’60s and ’70s.” In addition to better known artists such as Bob Seger, the MC5 and Ted Nugent, Christy says local favorites the Dynamics, the Wanted, the Velvelettes, The Gallery, Scott Richard Case and Tim Tam & the Turnons will be heard.
“I feel a cyclical backlash to top 40 coming on,” says Christy. “Artists like Prince and Cyndi Lauper are wonderful, but they’re played into the ground. WKSG’s new format, on the contrary, involves at least 3,000 titles, which is enough material so that there’s no repetition problem – with the advantage of built-in familiarity.”
Adds GM Buys: “Gold is a format that traditionally attracted loyal listeners, as well as cume sharing tendencies.”END
Information credit and news source: Billboard; November 17, 1988
ERNIE HARWELL | Harwell’s Last Interview | OCTOBER 2009
Ernie Harwell with Bob Costas
In October 2009, Ernie Harwell was guest star on MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas. This featured interview was taped during the 2009 World Series, New York Yankees vs Philadelphia Phillies.
The broadcast was later televised on the MLB Network in November 2009. The program, ultimately, would be Harwell’s last known appearance on national television before he succumbed to cancer on May 4, 2010.