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Sep 12, 13 10 Years! Gary Pfeifer
  It was ten years ago today, that the very first survey, a KTKT chart from
11/16/68, was entered into the ARSA website marking the beginning of an amazing
run! Ten years and almost 34 thousand surveys later, ARSA is going stronger than

 The number of most generous survey contributions we receive are running at an all
time high and we can barely keep up at times! We appreciate every single survey
that has ever been entered into the site or sent our way.

 Big thank yous to all our faithful survey keyers and contributors! And a special
word of thanks to Tim Warden who had the idea and know how to start this wonderful
Sep 5, 13 RE: Newbie Gary Pfeifer
  Welcome aboard, Carl. Hope you enjoy your time here at ARSA.  If you want to key
in and enter the surveys yourself, then you need to email the site adminstrator,
Tim Warden, at and he'll set you up.

  If you just want to contribute copies/scans of the surveys you can email or snail
mail them to me and we'll get them entered eventually.  

  Thank you in advance for your contributions!
Sep 5, 13 Newbie Carl Mann
OK, help me out... just registered.  Now how do I get survey scans to you.

Sep 3, 13 RE: New! Improved! K.A. Scott
Cool, Tim!  I figured you might do something like this do mark ARSA 10th anniversary
this month...


- Kenn.

Sep 3, 13 RE: New! Improved! Tim Warden
Just added a "Heat Map" to graphically display where singles had the most chart
activity. It will be useful for spotting how artists and their hits fared

Eventually when I find the time and the motivation, I'll try to add chart position
to the heat index.

But first I should find a better map that includes the provinces of our friends up
north!  Bummer, because some of my favorite tunes of the 80s tend to chart more
frequently in Canada than in the states.
Sep 2, 13 New! Improved! Tim Warden
OK, maybe that's a stretch, but I did add a few new goodies to the site... Did you
notice the Top Albums and Top Labels buttons in the navigation bar to the left?

In addition, when browsing labels you can now search album & single releases by
year, and each entry displays the total number of surveys in which it charted.


Aug 8, 13 RE: Welcome Back K.A. Scott
Good to see you back, Paul.  Hope all's well on your end, and looking forward to
seeing what surveys you'll be posting!


- Kenn.
Aug 7, 13 Welcome Back Gary Pfeifer
  Welcome back to Paul Haney!  Good to see you again after a long absence.  Your
survey contributions are always most welcomed and appreciated.  Thank you!

Jul 27, 13 KFXM San Bernardino RE: 1964-10-10 / KFXM ( San Bernardino, California ) Gary Pfeifer
Taken care of.  Thx!
Jul 26, 13 KFXM San Bernardino 1964-10-10 / KFXM ( San Bernardino, California ) K.A. Scott
Hi Gary...

  For this survey, the #38 entry needs to be added to the database:

  Millie Rodgers - "There You Go" b/w "Take Marion For Example" - Ultima 701


  - Kenn.

Jul 14, 13 RE: KJAY – 1430 THE “SOUL OF SA Gary Pfeifer

   Glad ARSA has been able to throw a couple of surprises your way!  It's totally
coincidental that Lee and I would enter surveys just days part from stations you
has worked as a "disc" jockey. :)  More for you to enjoy coming every day!

Jul 14, 13 OOPS! Ben E. McCoy
bad arthritis, funny typo:  that 'word' should read
as "DISK" jockey, just so there's no misunderstandings!

Jul 14, 13 KJAY – 1430 THE “SOUL OF SACRAM Ben E. McCoy
Gary Pfeifer:

first Lee Tucker, now you!  where in the heck did you end up with a copy of that
really historic R&B music survey from K/JAY, West Sacramento, a virtually unknown
500 watt, daytime-only medium-wave outlet???

again, this was another station i had worked for way back when, but (during my era)
there were no surveys published anymore from this broadcaster.

it really seems so weird and coincidental (to say the least) for you two ARSA
veterans posting a radio survey apiece which were part of my old career as a dick
jockey... simply amazing stuff, guys, wowee!!!


ben e. mccoy, ret.
Jul 14, 13 CIHI Fredericton 1980-12-12 / CIHI ( Fredericton, New Brunswick ) Derek Nichols
Thanks Gary, Kenn,

If that is how ARSA wants it that is how I will do it.

I think it is good though to have my notes about this song somewhere, which is why
I made one about this song on the chart if first appeared as a double song. 

While this song was a double sided single release in the USA (like Kenn's Queen
example), in Canada, from it's independent band release on Extreme ER-1 in 1979, to
the re-release on Extreme/WEA in 1980 the song was not a double sided single but
listed as This Beat Goes On-Switchin' / Switchin' and then the re-release as This
Beat Goes On-Switchin' To Glide / My Habit. Complicated even in Canada with the
promo release of Switchin' To Glide to radio before the full re-release of the

Luckily for our neighbours south, a 12" promo was released to radio with both songs
on both the a and b side so that there weren't flipping issues while playing :)

However, I do not wish to get too nitpicky.  I am involved in other online
databases, that go way too far with preciseness and it drives me crazy.  

I just find the issue interesting, especially due to the intricacies of
licensing/copyright in various countries.

Thanks for the comments
Jul 13, 13 CIHI Fredericton RE: 1980-12-12 / CIHI ( Fredericton, New Brunswick ) Gary Pfeifer

   Looks like Kenn has already aptly handled this one.  I agree that the easiest
way to handle the Kings song is to create indivual entries for "This Beat Goes On"
and "Switchin' To Glide".
Jul 13, 13 CIHI Fredericton RE: 1980-12-12 / CIHI ( Fredericton, New Brunswick ) K.A. Scott
Hi Derek...

  I know this medley quite well -- a classic piece of CanCon! I've had to enter it
into the database on numerous occasions, and for stations that list *both* tracks I
have dealt with it as a two-sided hit.  This meant that I created separate chart
entries (with identical chart placings) for both "This Beat Goes On" and for
"Switchin' To Glide".  The database picks up on both of these entries.

  The situation is similar to the Queen two-sided hit "We Will Rock You" and "We
Are The Champions", which many stations wound up playing back-to-back as a medley
(as it appears on the album News Of the World).  Again, ARSA lists both tracks
separately, and treats it as a double-sided hit.

  Hope that clears things up!


  - Kenn.


Jul 13, 13 CIHI Fredericton 1980-12-12 / CIHI ( Fredericton, New Brunswick ) Derek Nichols
There are a handful of songs that cause nightmares for catalogers.  The Kings aong
This Beat Goes On-Switchin' To Glide definitely qualifies as one!

The song first charted as Switchin' To Glide. In actuality, that was only part of
the song and the full song was This Beat Goes On-Switchin' To Glide. It recharted
as the full single.

It was released in varies forms, with Switchin' To Glide and This Beat Goes On as
A/B sides, and vice versa. The full single was also released as an A side with the
B side being  My Habit.

Radio stations played various incarnations of this song over the song's radio
lifespan. The cross border US/Can copyright and releases also help cloud the

When this first charted on CIHI, it was as Switchin to Glide and is linked to that
song in the ARSA db.  After a few weeks it recharted as the full release. That
isn't linked in, as per this chart.  

So after all the rambling, how this should be linked in is the question.  Then,
I'll enter it appropriately so it does on future charts.


Jul 13, 13 KNDE - 1470 AM - SACRAMENTO SACRAMENTO'S HIT 30 JULY 14, 1973 Ben E. McCoy
dear Lee,

like, WHERE-ever in the blue blazes did you get your hands on that old KNDE survey,

totally blew me away when i saw it because that was the era when i worked there at
"Rock KANDIE 147".

still have some very good memories during my times at KNDE,  especially during this
particular survey date!!

ben e. mccoy.
Jul 11, 13 WBLK Buffalo / Depew RE: 1983-07-11 / WBLK ( Buffalo / Depew, New York ) Gary Pfeifer

  In an ideal world, everything would be added, but as you noted, tracking down all
these obscure disco titles takes a very significant amount of time and too much
effort ends up being devoted to one station/survey.  I would say just keep doing it
the way you have - the top 40 singles is what's most crucial.

  Another alternative would be to add all the obscure 12 inch singles and albums in
text format under the Goodies section without adding them to the database.  That
way, someone can view everything that was included on the survey.  And if I ever
have the extra time and get ambitious enough, they can always be added to the
database at a later time.

Jul 11, 13 WBLK Buffalo / Depew 1983-07-11 / WBLK ( Buffalo / Depew, New York ) Rick Hy
Some of the WBLK charts that I have also list 12 inch single music of the
dance/disco period on the back of the chart.  Most of these songs don’t get the
elusive Dot when keyed in, causing you much extra work. Do you want me to include
these songs or leave them off? They also have a long list of album titles in no
particular order.  I am assuming that these also are obscure titles. Do you want
these added to the album list even though there is no numerical degree of