Featuring the top 10 songs that were being played on radio stations during the last week of July for each of the years 1957-1969. Updated every Sunday. Latest update: July 27, 2014.
I grew up in the 50s and 60s and listening to Top 40 radio was a huge part of my life. Lived in central Illinois so WLS was as much a part of my life as was eating, going to school or sleeping. I also enjoyed tuning to other Top 40 stations to see what their 'sound' was like. I even set-up my own amateur radio station in the basement of our house in 1962. I bought a low-power AM transmitter kit from Allied Electronics in Chicago, somehow managed to put it together where it actually worked...added a reel-to-reel tape recorder, turntable, microphone and lots of switches...hooked-up probably 100 feet of copper wire to the transmitter that I strung in the backyard...and went on the air. Not much of a signal but a LOT of fun. I SO wanted to be a DJ when I grew up...but that never materialized. I kept my love for radio even as it evolved away from the Top 40 format. Later in life, looking for a hobby, I decided to go back to being an amateur broadcaster. So I started broadcasting with a micro-power FM transmitter, with still not much of a signal (and no copper wire strung in the backyard...haha), and continued to keep my dream alive until June 29, 2012, when I discontinued the broadcasts. Now, Live365 is the way I share MusicRadio with the world. Hope you enjoy it! THX for reading this and, hopefully, listening once in awhile.