Was some of the excitement of 1960s Top-40 simply a result of the youth of the audience? I am too young to have experienced the glory days of Top-40. However, when I first heard Dr. Demento around ages 11-15, I thought that he had a really funny show (even if I didn't understand the innuendo and cultural references in some of the songs). When I re-discovered the show in my late 20s, I found the humor geeky and a bit sophomoric. It had lost some of the magic. Likewise when I was at the end of my teenage years, I found most of the sitcoms on TV to be funny. Today, many of those same shows would seem like a waste of time.
When I finally had a chance to hear airchecks of 1960s AM top-40 in my 20s, I liked what I heard, mainly in terms of the tightness of the presentation and in the elaborateness and creativity of the production. However, I think that this was only because I had run a board in the past; if I were a regular listener, I would not have appreciated any of this. Actually, in the late 1980s, years before I had operated any radio studio equipment, I heard one of the stations in my area using some 1960s style singing IDs ("129 W-F-B-G! Another hour of music pow-pow-power!"). My first reaction was, "why are they playing these old-fashioned sounding jingles?"
Posted on October 17, 2014 - 12:47 PM