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Wed Aug 9 8:24 am  #1


Two Programmers Pick The Greatest Top 40 Stations Of All Time

Radio Ink asked two veteran programmers for their lists of the top 20 Top 40 stations of all time. Their choices are mostly different, but CKLW makes both of them - with CHUM coming in on one of the lists. I love the fact that WMCA New York beats WABC in one and that WKBW makes both of them. 

To me the most serious omission may well be the mid-1970s incarnation of WGAR Cleveland, which had some of the best talent - including Imus in the Morning, Vernon with a V and the Real Bob James, all of whom would later surface in New York, the #1 market in the world. And I have a special affection for the now defunct mid-70s WNBC in that city, which was all personality Top 40 and to this day is the most entertaining station I've ever heard, regardless of format.  

Here's the entire list.