New this week in ’69: March 8

(Above: Book 'em, Dano. That's a 1969 Ford Custom used as a squad car in Hawaii Five-O.) March 8, 1969 Fifty years ago this week you might have been reading the Playboy interview with Marshall McLuhan, he of "the medium is the message." If you are interested in communication studies and have never read the … Continue reading New this week in ’69: March 8

New this week in ’69: February 22

It's the last new chart for February. What's going on 50 years ago today? February 22, 1969 Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the final stage of the Tet Offensive. It will last until June 8 and figure prominently in President Nixon's decision to take the war into Cambodia. On Monday the … Continue reading New this week in ’69: February 22

Soul sounds: WGES-AM/Chicago Top 30 Tunes, February 1, 1962

(Above: The back of the WGES survey, complete with on-air lineup.) One of the great tragedies of history occurs any time we lose something we can't get back. Along the way to doing the research for my dissertation, I learned quickly that the efforts made to preserve popular culture aren't equal, and there's no better … Continue reading Soul sounds: WGES-AM/Chicago Top 30 Tunes, February 1, 1962

1984 turns 35: Van Halen, “Jump” (1984)

(Above: An album cover that doesn't need explanation.) For the past few days on Facebook, many have taken the "How has aging treated you?" challenge. The premise, basically, is that you post your first profile picture, and then your current, and see how time has treated you. In most cases, the span is about ten … Continue reading 1984 turns 35: Van Halen, “Jump” (1984)

40 Christmases ago in Chicago: The WLS Top Forty-Fives, December 23, 1978

(Above: Clearly, someone was keeping score at home.) Christmas 1978 would have placed me in the fifth grade at Helen Keller Elementary School in Tinley Park, Illinois. The upcoming year would see me start to pretend that I was on a radio station for a class assignment; this career aptitude (or ineptitude) would not be … Continue reading 40 Christmases ago in Chicago: The WLS Top Forty-Fives, December 23, 1978