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thanks again, Roy, for pointing out those two superb websites for local historical
background on Radio KYA and other notable bay area stations. both will prove
invaluable to my research.
BTW, have found an amazing footnote concerning two major radio programmers -- who
rose to national acclaim during the 1960's -- are first listed on KYA's survey #236
(publication date December 4, 1961):
BILL DRAKE as the new 6-9 a.m. morning drive DJ and
TOM DONAHUE with an afternoon show from Noon to 4 p.m. 
it was in 1965, that the "Boss Radio" Top 40 format was successfully launched KHJ
in Los Angeles by the RKO-consulting team of (Bill) Drake & (Gene) Chenault.
and in 1967, Tom Donahue launched his own broadcasting revolution with an
album-oriented, free-form type of programming at Crosby Broadcastng's FM stations
in San Francisco (KMPX) and Los Angeles (KPPC)... 
what is so coincidental about all this is that BOTH Drake and Donahue, whose latter
radio ventures were antithetical towards each other, worked side-by-side in their
early DJ days at KYA!
hi ben! i too enjoy the ads on the surveys and agree they add a lot to the arsa goal
of "preserving the past". it's fun to see phone numbers before area codes, e.g.
douglas 2-2536 and products like vicks still going strong today.

however, one song on my kya 1962-01-08 survey made my palms sweat: "greetings (this
is uncle sam)" by the valadiers - those memories i can do without!

to help on your 1950's radio project you might want to check the "bay area radio
museum" that has lots of professional history on stations going way back.

also, to hear the old kya ads and jingles while i'm inputting, i go to
and sometimes make requests for a song on my survey.   cheers!  roy
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
promotional tool.

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.
Oct 16, 09 Harold P.S. ... ARSA Jim
Meant to type in "Ottawa, Ontario" for their hometown.
Oct 16, 09 RE2: The group "Harold" - Thanks, Geno & Nathan ARSA Jim
Thanks, guys, for the help with a recent new obscure ARSA title. I discovered that
"Harold" is actually a duo, made up of former memebrs of the Ontario. Ontario band
"The Townsmen". Those "one common word" obscure group names are always the toughest
for me to track down additional info on. Among Harold's other songs (not yet in
ARSA) is the I've-got-to-hear-it "Ode To Linoleum"!   -Jim
Oct 15, 09 RE: "Come On Up" by Harold? Martin Nathan
Geno:  I checked the Gemm website,  the singer is just called Harold

   The earliest survey we have posted here at ARSA is one from Feb. 7, 1955 from
KLBS in Houston.
just wondering if anyone knows the call letters of the radio station with the
EARLIEST known date for a published music survey that's been posted here on
i thought it would be an interesting historical footnote for some of us chart-buffs

ben mccoy.
Oct 15, 09 "Come On Up" by Harold? Geno Rice
I can't find the above single in the database -- its #23 on the 4 July 1970 CFRA
survey I just posted.
Oct 15, 09 RE: WCOP Rob Ellis
I don't have that April survey so please post it.  Thanks!
Oct 14, 09 WCOP Martin Nathan
I have a copy of WCOP 4-29-57.  If you don't have it, I'll post it.
Oct 14, 09 RE3: WORC !310 WOrcester Mass. Rob Ellis
Martin, Welcome!   I've been hoping someone would post some surveys from Worcester
(looking for info on some local groups from that area).  Glad you fouind the site.
Oct 14, 09 RE: You are the man, Rob! Rob Ellis
Jim, although theyre not in color, my copies of the WCOP 1950s surveys are clean
so Ill start including a survey to help you.  I also have several surveys from the
90s.  Since most of those songs wont be in the data base (and like the 50s I
dont know many of the songs from the 90s) I'll include scans of the clean copies
when I get around to posting them.   BTW if I had looked closely, they corrected
their spelling of Jim Lowes name after the first survey.  Glad you knew better!
Oct 13, 09 RE3: WORC !310 WOrcester Mass. Roy Ballard
hey martin!  welcome to the arsa family!
looking forward to your worcester worc surveys.
cheers!  roy ballard

ps, i love your sauce on my steaks!
Oct 13, 09 RE2: WORC !310 WOrcester Mass. Martin Nathan
I have the 16 surveys From WORC 1968 & '69

several WORC surveys going back through the earlier '60s and even late 1950s

a couple from WAAB worcester, mid 1960s

a few From WHYN, mid '60s

WBZ, WRKO mid '60s

1-2 from WCOP

1-2 WNEB 1230 Worcester 1959

HolY Cross College radio survey 1966

probably at least 50- 60 total - some of the early QORC
surveys are too big for the scanner.

Oct 10, 09 RE: WORC !310 WOrcester Mass. K.A. Scott
Just hang on, Martin.  The volunteers on this site sometimes will take a while to
get back to you (especially on a holiday weekend!), but if you left your e-mail
address, Jim and/or Tim will get in touch with you soon to get you started.  

Just out of curiosity, how amny surveys do you have and for what timeframe?


- Kenn.
Oct 10, 09 WORC !310 WOrcester Mass. Martin Nathan
Hi, I just signed up for an account here the other day.  I have a lot of surveys
from WORC, but so far I don't know how to post them here, and the messages I post
here don't seem to go through when I hit "add my 2 cents"

Martin Nathan
Oct 9, 09 You are the man, Rob! ARSA Jim
Rob, I love the VERY few (less than 20 total, I would say) mid-50' surveys that
provide those full details. But in truth, both songs you mention are already in the
ARSA database. The reason they didn't match up with your newest contributed surveys
are that those lists include artist spelling errors. Your survey says Jim "Love",
but the artist spelling is actually Jim "Lowe", while the "G Cleffs" on the survey
is actually spelled "G-Clefs". Tim has already written many great "computer
programmer algorithims" to try to automatically match up these "close, but not
perfect" cases, but it impossible to anticipate everything. That's where I come in,
and luckily, those types of corrections take me almost no time at all. You bring up
a good point, though. Many many times, I've found helpful label/catalog "clues"
from the scanned surveys. It is always much, much harder for me to locate these
song details for surveys that are added without scans. So keyers, please add survey
scans whenever it's possible for you. Your old buddy Jim will truly appreciate it!. 
Oct 8, 09 Your CFNY surveys get the "hardest to research" award, Kenn! ARSA Jim
Kenn, 80% of all of your CFNY survey entries weren't previously in the ARSA database
(a modern ARSA record, by far!) And the vinyl for many of the most obscure of those
survey tunes are now selling for a fortune! But what I liked most about them,
though, despite all the extra work for me, was: 1) A good many acts, first shown a
CFNY list, later went on to huge later success, and 2) It's not always easy to
determine exxctly when very obscure, small label releases were truly a "current
song", and your CFNY lists are terrific at letting us know exactly that, so thanks
right back at you, Kenn!.  -Jim
Oct 8, 09 RE2: E-mail option.... Listing Albums Gary Pfeifer

  I've thought about this question too.  Here's my thought. I believe 1967
represents the peak in Top 40 radio in the terms of number of listeners all
listening to the same stations.  Starting in 1967, but much more so in 1968 and
following years, the audience begins to split with the rise of FM "underground"
radio and later oldies, AOR, and other more narrowly focused formats.