Spinning the Platters that Matter: Top Forty Radio in the Sixties

I’ve always been fascinated by Top 40 radio from the sixties, where all the DJ”s had names starting with “Jungle” or “Screaming” or “Big” and they had, well, a personality. They would spin their “stacks of wax” while screaming at the top of their lungs in between the latest cuts from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones or some local group like The Sonics or The Ugly Ducklings . If you have ever been interested in what these guys sounded like (and most of them were guys), then take a taste test at The Rock Radio Scrapbook which concentrates on Canadian radio and Reel Radio concentrating on the U.S. . These two sites are incredibly addictive and are not limited to just the sixties. Classic Top 40 radio was about the personalities maybe more so than the music they played and you don’t have to go any further than these two sites to see how much personality these guys had. They would probably be banned from the airwaves these days as either too shocking or not shocking enough. Go figure. Don’t forget to click on the links for more classic radio goodies.
Up next in this series on rock and roll radio, we peer into the cool, mellow sounds of FM radio from the late sixties and early seventies. Groovy. Stay tuned.