Grand Rapids charts: WLAV-AM, April 1, 1974

Heading back in time today to take a look at what was popular in Grand Rapids, MI on WLAV-AM from the weekly playlist dated April 1, 1974. It's a top 30 list, and we'll count it up to the top. 30. "I Love" - Tom T. Hall (#23 last week). Let's just jump right in, … Continue reading Grand Rapids charts: WLAV-AM, April 1, 1974

Great playlists: WGRD’s “Big 30 In the Furniture City,” July 15, 1970

(Above: The same groovy look that CKLW, KHJ, and many other stations used for their surveys.) Every few weeks I've made it a point to dig out an old AM radio survey and look at what was popular on a local playlist.  Inevitably, two things happen: a) I look at WLS from Chicago, since those … Continue reading Great playlists: WGRD’s “Big 30 In the Furniture City,” July 15, 1970

Rest in peace, Ed Buchanan: Jonathan Edwards, “Shanty” (1971)

(Above: Uncle Buck, 1949-2018) The Grand Rapids, Michigan radio dial is a quieter place today. Ed Buchanan, known to generations of radio listeners in West Michigan as "Uncle Buck," passed away this morning from an apparent heart attack. Ed had most recently been hosting a Sunday morning program on WLAV-FM called "Breakfast In the Basement," … Continue reading Rest in peace, Ed Buchanan: Jonathan Edwards, “Shanty” (1971)

The Beatles rule(d) the roost: Billboard’s Hot 100, April 4, 1964

(Above: Never before, and never since.) The first week of April 1964 was the peak of Beatlemania.  The group did something never before accomplished in the history of the Hot 100: they held down the top five positions on the chart at the same time.  "Can't Buy Me Love" shot from #27 to the top … Continue reading The Beatles rule(d) the roost: Billboard’s Hot 100, April 4, 1964