At some point, Kasey Kasem started counting down songs and various people thought it was a novelty, perhaps a fad, and that it would most surely fade away. Well, not only did the American Top 40 not fade away into obscurity, it became the gaping doorway for kids my age to enter into the wonderful realm of popular music - namely rock - and all of its many wild and wooly sub-genres.
I remember that night like it was last night. That is how blown away I was by what I had heard. If I had known the phrase then, I would have said, simply: WTF!? What was this? Whatever the hell it was, I wanted more. Much more. Up to this point in my life, music was basically church (classical and liturgical, on an ethereal and massive organ), the Beatles, and WROW (adult contemporary; and, yes, it's still on the dial, the last time I checked!). Here was something amazingly different. Here was something I had never heard before. Here was something I could never ever get enough of.
While I later grew out of the American Top 40, sometime around my passage into high school, in 1978, I have to tip my hat to the man and the program that introduced me to the world of rock. All those Saturday evenings, counting them down. Which led to a hunger for endless singles. Which led to a hunger for endless albums. Which led to gatherings of friends, cobbling together the soundtracks of our lives. Which led to, well, today. From 1970 to 1978, you may not have known where I was, but you could always be assured of what I was doing: listening to the radio. And counting them down with Kasey.
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