|Oct 18, 09
||OLDEST SURVEY AND KYA BACKSIDES
||Ben E. McCoy
first, my thanks for the info on KLBS radio being the earliest known posted survey
on ARSA thus far. i am currently engaged in historical comparison studies about the
1950's when failing AM radio broadcasters began switching over to playing "rock &
roll", "popular music", "records for the masses", etc. and hence, also began
publishing their own local market's radio song surveys as a public service and
and secondly, my kudos to Roy Ballard for posting BOTH sides of KYA's poop
sheets... i find it fascinating and not a little nostalgic being able to view many
of the product tie-ins of the day which ranged from fast-cash loans to pimple
creams and the like. altogether, having both sides of such classic surveys helps
put a period perspective on each particular issue.
|Feb 26, 07
I just discovered your site.Love it.
There are other sites on the web with survey listings
I'm wondering if you could pool info with them.
Oldiesloon has a large collection of LA/CHI?MIN and others
KQA-PIT has it's own listings as well as NYC--WABC-WMCA-WMGM
I love your feature with survey comparisons.
|Sep 10, 11
||On The Dark Side - Eddie & The Cruisers / John Cafferty
This song was a hit twice. In 1983, the artist was shown as Eddie & the Cruisers
and in 1984 it was shown as John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band. I noticed that
some of the 1984 "John Cafferty" entries are mixed in with the 1983 "Eddie & The
Cruisers" entries. It would be nice if these could be sorted out.
|Nov 19, 09
||ONE FOR THE BOOKS ALREADY!
||Ben E. McCoy
if you were, heretofore, already that close to the 400 postings mark without
inputing any major league errors, outs or fouls, then i'd say you most certainly do
qualify for Numero Uno in any Record Book!
|Mar 2, 12
||ONE LAST THINGY
||Ben E. McCoy
forgot to express my appreciation for explaining the
methodologies being utilised by your most active members
for contributing radio surveys to ARSA -- from all-over it seems.
will keep this in mind for any future concerns what catches
|Jun 23, 10
Well it took about a year, but today I added my 1,000th survey from Buffalo. I still
have a few more to go but thought it was a good time to say "Thank You" for this
site and all of the work you do on it. I apologize in adding to that work as I have
made a few discoveries along they way. First, as a young teenager in the 50's and
60's I was a count down junkie and wrote down many many countdowns ... title only
surely thinking I would never forget or ever need to add the artist. Now, If I
didn't know the artist and it didn't make the Billboard or Cash Box charts, I was
stumped. Thanks to you for finding out all of the missing artists. I often wonder
what your sources are. Secondly, I am now acutely aware of the many typos that
appear on these charts that I was not aware of before thanks to your dot system.
Thirdly, the mistakes and abbreviations of album titles that I couldn't correct
since I was never a big album buff. This just added more to your job .... sorry.
My favorite Buffalo station was WBNY ... a teen oriented station that was unusual
and trend setting for 1957. WKBW began in 1958 and was sometimes known here as the
50,000 watt juke box. I think the most unusual survey in the Buffalo collection was
the WYSL Instant Request List. Listeners read a piece of product copy on air in
order to request a song on the list. Another perk of living in Buffalo was the
proximity to Toronto and radio stations CHUM and CKEY. For a rock and roll music
lover, growing up in the Top 40 era was the best possible time.
I have a few more Buffalo surveys left to download and then I will begin to share
my out of town collection. Onward to 2000 !
|Mar 5, 07
||OOPS - WNEX is correct
I stand corrected. I could have sworn last night that WNEX or CFGO was listed as an
incorrect year. I apologize! LOL.
|Jul 14, 13
||Ben E. McCoy
bad arthritis, funny typo: that 'word' should read
as "DISK" jockey, just so there's no misunderstandings!
|Jan 20, 12
Kenn, I should've typed in CKOC as the call letters I was referring to in my
previous post, not CKGM - my bad. -Jim
|Nov 19, 07
||Orlando Music Charts
I've enjoyed your posting of a couple charts from Orlando (years 1965 and 1966)
I've considered 65 - 68 to be my favourite years in music and thought I had a
pretty good knowledge of the music and artists from that era. To my surprise, the
recent Orlando charts had at least a dozen songs and artists that were totally new
to me. Perhaps the stations provide strong support to local artists or perhaps
there is a Latin flavour to the music that I would have missed listening to
Canadian radio stations and US border stations from Detroit, Cleveland, and
Chicago. With the many, many charts you contribute to this site, Gary, I was
wondering if you are ever surprised by the number of songs or artists on a
particular chart with which you are not familiar.
|Jan 13, 09
||P.S.- Flip sides are always added to new ARSA survey entries!
I just wanted to add one more thing to my recent answer to Michael about 45s in the
ARSA database that may not have yet have a survey associated with it. Years ago, I
would only add the "hit" side of a 45 into ARSA, simply for "bit/byte conservation"
purposes. But Tim later communicated to me that "space is cheap", and that it was
not his personal preference. Ever since then, I have automatically also added the
survey-appearing-song's flip side into ARSA as well. Some of these flip sides may
never end up having an ARSA survey match attached to it. But I have been quite
surprised about how many of these flip sides do also eventually end up listed, on
at least one survey. So, as usual, Tim's instincts were dead-on. There are also
still a good number of songs, first added to ARSA 5+ years ago, where the flip
sides have still not yet been entered. Every so often, you may notice a "string" of
entries, all by the same artist, under "Most Recently Added Singles". That almost
always means that I have just added some needed info for an artist's latest ARSA
entry, and simply decided to "catch up" on some other, old flip side additions, for
that same artist, while I was "in the neighborhood", that's all. Hope this little
addendum makes my initial explanation even clearer, for anyone interested. Jim
|Mar 15, 11
||Pasta Spoiler Number One - WIL 1968-08-12
Jim - no pasta for you tonight. I entered the WIL C&W survey above and only 16 dots
out of 50!!! Sorry - but the good news is - look at the scan - it has label and
catalog number for each song - should help you a little bit. I'll wait a while for
the next one.
|Sep 12, 14
||Peter Skellern/Brownsville Station
There's a couple of more songs in the database that need a year change: "You're A
Lady" by Peter Skellern and "The Red Back Spider" by Brownsville Station, they
should both be changed to 1972.
|Apr 14, 10
||Phantom Stations and Duplications
||J. A. Theroux
I found 4 additional radio station duplications in ARSA - WBZ-FM 106.7 FM in Boston,
WKCI 101.3 FM in New Haven, WLAN 96.9 FM in Lancaster and WZZP 106.5 FM in
Cleveland. I also found 2 phantom stations - KIXY 940 AM in Amarillo is actually
KIXZ, and WILS 890 AM in Chicago (there is of course WLS 890 AM in Chicago and WILS
1320 AM in Lansing, MI in the database).
Sorry for all the nitpicking,
|Jan 21, 10
||Picks Up Wrong Hits
Sorry to be a pest, but in KUDL-1960-02-21 which I just typed in, for Bobby Darin
"THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS" we pick up the wrong Bobby, and for FRANKIE AVALON "WHY"
we pick up the wrong Frankie. While we're on that survey, is 8 new singles a
record for us (pun intended)?
On the topic of typing in surveys, I don't have a ready supply of raw material,
save what I scrounge from the internet. If anyone wants to send me images of
surveys, I'll gladly put them in.
|Jan 21, 10
||Picks Up Wrong Hits, etc
Might I suggest the creation of an ARSA FAQ to cover some of these situations?
The FAQ could cover the following questions:
-- I've got some surveys/airchecks I'd like to enter on the site. How do I get
-- My favourite station/city isn't represented on the site! Why not?
-- I've noticed an error on the site. How do I report it?
Most of the answers to these questions can be cut-and-pasted in from the posts
below, or from elsewhere on the site. Presto, instant FAQ (with answers)!
If possible, it would be nice to have a FAQ button posted on the left hand side of
the screen, which could then lead to the FAQ article. If not, the FAQ could be
continually re-posted to Chart Chat every month or so.
Anyway, it's just a thought. Hope it might save you some time and energy in the
|Jan 11, 11
||Please leave all label/catalog headaches to "ARSA Jim"!
John, late in my earlier e-mail I used the term "title/artist" when I actually meant
to say "label/catalog" (maybe Tim can someday give us an "edit post" option - :) ).
You, John, are already one of the best keyers at getting the "magic dot" to always
appear for existing ARSA database entries. That really does help me. In other
words, if a song already appears in ARSA, your typed info always matches up with
it, so please don't alter that part of your key-in routine. What I meant to say
earlier is to always just skip your personal "least enjoyable part", trying to hunt
down label/catalog info for new ARSA songs. All the other major keyers already leave
that part to me, which I actually prefer. This should now also free up some time
that you can spend on the more enjoyable part - entering in new surveys! -Jim
|Mar 14, 11
||Please leave that stuff to me, Lee!
Lee, we don't yet have an "frequently asked ARSA Chart Chat questions" section. I am
powerless to add one. Your latest question/kind offer has been thrown out there
before. For years now, I've strongly preferred that our keyers just leave adding
the 45 flip side/label/catalog info to me. I believe it has worked out well for
everybody. There are good reasons for it, trust me. My Saturday request was simply
an attempt to not have to add 500 new ARSA 45s/their associated info into the db
during a single day, that's all - there are no daily ARSA maintenance problems.
Leaving that stuff to me is mainly just for uniformity/consistency sake - kind of a
"too many cooks" scenario. I am already the "Library Of Congress", as far as owning
every 45/LP research book known to man, so not to worry there. Thanks for the
considerate offer, though, Lee! Besides, all the actual survey key-in work that
folks like you do every day is already plenty enough to ask of you! Also glad to
see you're able to enter in the "yearend" lists you recently inquired about on
here, buddy! :) -Jim
|Jun 1, 09
||Please Please Me/Re-issue listings...
Hello Roy and Kenn, and thanks a million to both of you for all the great survey
key-ins lately; you guys are on ARSA just about every single day lately, helping
"Gary The Iron Man" and adding some simply incredible stuff! As to your points:
Roy-Yes, some of the Beatles' "Please Please Me" Vee-Jay 498 1963 45 pressings did
spell the group's name "Beattles". But most 1963 45s did come out spelled the right
way. At the time, for some reason I decided not to make a note of the spelling
error, but I will now go ahead and do so, as I've added similar comments to ARSA in
similar cases. As to Kenn's point about only listing "initial" 45 releases, it is
certainly debatable. I happen to know that ARSA "CEO" Tim Warden prefers to have
any/all survey-appearing releases included in the database, for those interested in
browsing label discographies. We don't go nuts adding every single release on every
label, but it seems that they happen to get pretty "filled up", just by ARSA
continually adding surveys, and me attaching all of the label/catalog info for
them. It's amazing how many songs happened to show up on at least one survey when
they were a current! Kenn, you're 100% right that entering multiple 45 releases has
long caused ARSA major headaches, with the system trying to discern (and often
incorrectly) which specific database entry to attach the appropriate new survey
listing to. But in the UB40 example you cite, if we just went with the first, 1984,
A&M 2600, barely Top 40-peaking-in-the-U.S. "Red Red Wine", 45 release info, then
all of the many, #1-in-1988-surveys, on A&M 1244, would then wrongly default to the
1984 listing, and to a 45 # that folks didn't buy the 45 on back in 1988. As a
former programmer myself, if I were Tim, I would fix this glitch by adding
something some code such as, "if there are two listings for the exact same song,
then have ARSA match the 'circa' (or year) info, and match it up with the year
appearing on that particular survey." That way, 1988 "Red Red Wine" survey data
would be correctly matched up with its 1988 ARSA 45 database entry listing, not
1984's. Same thing with Roy's "Please Please Me" example. This fix would then be
place the 1963 survey data with its 1963 ARSA entry (as opposed to 1964's). But, as
always, I will leave the final call up to Tim (aka, "Our Fearless Leader"). Kenn, I
do most defintiely agree, however, that something needs to be done here. In my
opinion, you've hit on what is to me ARSA's #1 current system flaw. All my best,
|Dec 4, 06
I have surveys from WENE in Endicott New York and WARM in Scranton PA from 1963
-1969 (many of the missing ones from WARM from 65-66.
How do I get these posted? New to all of this...and love what I'm seeing and would
like to share...
Also have a whole series of individual surveys from the 60's...back then I used to
send out a self addressed envelope to radio stations across the country and ask
them to send me as many as possible...sometimes I really got repsonses!