Thursday, January 10, 2013

1978 Again

No KFXM year end survey for 1978, but based on the surveys I have this is what I had come up with for the year.  Something to compare with the K/MEN top 129.  


Anonymous said...

A very interesting comparison between the two station's lists of the biggest records that year.
Kind of makes me wonder if the music directors doing the weekly surveys for KFXM and KMEN, respectively, were actually checking sales stats at very different record shop locations -- so that each radio's playlist were skewed far apart?

Lord Darth Rageous said...

in agreement with the previous poster's query, there are indeed a lot of glaring disparities between many singles ranked in the individual hot 100 surveys. perhaps, however, another reason for this anomaly is the "socio/economic factor" or type of clientele who were purchasing records at any given location. That could definitely influence how record sales were reported, especially if only one station surveyed a disk shop the other broadcaster did not.

KFXM Tiger Radio and K/MEN 129 in Doug's Stuff Room said...

I thought the emphasis on the chart position was mostly requests (must have been different for each station).
Also I seem to remember Lyles Record City top 40 hanging on the wall matching either KFXM or K/MEN's list. Maybe that wasn't always the case, but when I noticed/compared it seemed to be that way. So their top 40 wasn't based on their own sales, but a radio station's calculation.
Anyone out there that actually complied the weekly survey at either station? This could help to give us figure out how it was done.

Anonymous said...

Having worked on making up the weekly playlists aka published surveys at two particular radio stations in Berdoo town, I can say quite definitely that we factored in the phoned-in record request tallies into our music programming along with local sales quotes, information from tip sheets and the three major national publications of that time -- Record World, Cash Box and The Billboard magazines. But yes, I always made sure to give 'some' weight to the request totals kept by the on-air staff.
In addition, I also keen to add new music brought to my attention by the disk jockeys, record promoters and my own judgment call when listening to incoming records product.