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Date Posted: 09:25:15 04/08/15 Wed
Author: Ed Blank
Subject: Re: Was there a LOCAL top 40 countdown show.
In reply to: WTK 's message, "Re: Was there a LOCAL top 40 countdown show." on 08:16:56 04/07/15 Tue

Dave Scott did a local Top 40 every Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. on KQV during the late 1950s and into the early '60s. Maybe it ended at 6 rather than 7 p.m. The hit songs back then tended to be less than three minutes long and often closer to two. I believe Chuck Brinkman succeeded Dave in doing the Top 40 show. We were always being reminded that Pittsburgh tended to run ahead of the rest of the country by a week or two.

East Liberty's WEEP, which featured Perry Marshall and Sir Walter Raleigh (John Christian), produced its Top 40 WEEP sheet every week, but I can't recall them having a weekly countdown show.

KDKA's Art Pallan did a Saturday countdown of the Top 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. The station also had a weekly predictions contest in cooperation with my future employer, The Pittsburgh Press.

I was deeply into weekly (private) predictions for all three stations' charts, so this contest was made-to-order for me. The 10 best sets of predictions won that week's giveaway album. Using my married siblings' names and addresses for multiple entries, I quickly realized (by keeping copies of all entries) that I could not win twice -- ever -- for the same person no matter how nearly perfect the entry. (The station didn't explain that, but I quickly stopped submitting my own name on the best entry.)

Although KQV and WEEP had comparable Top 40 lists (not identical but tending toward corroborating each other), KDKA's were one step off. KD's list tended to seem a little more generous to the middle-of-the-road artists (Perry Como, The Four Lads, Guy Mitchell) whose recordings were used more on its regular daily programs than on the more rock-accented stations.

I recall that during a month when my then-current favorite song, Cozy Cole's "Topsy," was in the top three on KDKA, WEEP and Billboard (to which I subscribed), it was explicably nowhere on the KQV chart. And it wasn't played on KQV at all during that period. About 11 or 12 years later I had the opportunity to ask a KQV deejay about that. He recalled without hesitation that ban on "Topsy," but I did not print his confidential explanation as to why that had happened. I'm almost certain it was a disagreement with the label Love.

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