Saturday, July 03, 2010

Happy Birthday American Top 40!!!

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of Casey Kasem's first American Top 40 broadcast. I've been listening to the re-aired broadcasts from the 70's and 80's since January and they're simply FANTASTIC!!! The stations that air the 70's shows will air the first countdown today or tomorrow from 1970. The stations that air the 80's shows will air a special top acts of the 80's countdown from 1987. You can even visit the AT40 message board to find out what countdown will be playing the following weekend. Locally, around Baltimore you can catch the 70's show on Sunday morning at 8:00 AM on 101.9 FM and the 80's show Sunday night at 8:00 PM on 102.7 FM.

Comic fans should be well acquainted with the great Casey Kasem, who voiced Robin in the Superfriends cartoons, Mark in Battle of the Planets, and Shaggy on Scooby Doo. He did a lot of other cartoon voices too.

One thing I really like about these broadcasts is the variety of music, which you often don't get on the radio these days. The 70's shows especially have a good mix of soul, country, rock, folk, funk, disco, etc. If you grew up in either era, the weekly shows can really take you back to that time. Listening to an Air Supply album could drive you mad, but hearing Air Supply next to Journey or Styx sounds great. I think my Luck Cage Essential will read particularly well with some early 70's background music.


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