This is one of most amazing pieces of radio history that anyone has ever sent to us. The Weekly Top 30 run from June 30, 1979 to January 2, 1982. During the course of this time, they run two special shows (July 5, 1980 – All-Time Top 30 songs and July 4, 1981 – Top 30 summer of the past 2o years).
So, how did the show’s producer decide how to handle listeners requests about the missing chart during the week the specials run? We weren’t able to answer this question for many, many years until we receive an email with access to a memo sent to a radio station that aired the show in 1980.
What we found was an published chart not available in any other trade publication (Billboard, Radio & Records, Cashbox Magazine, Record World, The Gavin Report, FMQB). This memo leads to more questions about their chart and what the data means in the memo.
For the now, enjoy reading through this data and memo. Please let us know if you know anything about this secret, in-house chart produced Drake & Chenault during this time period show’s run. Click on the link and be amazed this information existed and kept.