I have been digging through my collection of photos, news clippings and other documents from my 35 years in radio.
Here is a Billboard magazine clipping with an interesting look at the Top 40 race in Seattle in early 1963. In less than four months KAYO would switch format to Country.
Bill Gavin would leave Billboard and devote his full attention to his successful independent music tip sheet which he founded in 1958. A few years earlier Gavin and the McCann-Erickson advertising agency had created Lucky Lager Dance Time, a popular-song countdown show heard in 11 states. The program’s research was compiled as the “Bill Gavin Record Report.” Gavin died in early 1985, two years after retiring, at the age of 77. The new owners of “The Gavin Report” ended it’s publication in February 2002. (Gavin Report, July 1974)