Norm Gregory Radio Scrapbook: The Best of R&R’s First 15 Years, 1988 (Audio)

by Norm Gregory on April 7, 2012

in 1988, Audio, Radio Scrapbook

Here is the 90 minute tape from R&R celebrating it’s first fifteen years covering radio. For me this audio is, among other things, full of examples of what went wrong, or right, with Top 40 radio. Many other formats are also featured.

Radio & Records (R&R) was a trade publication providing news and airplay information for the radio and music industries. It originally started out as an independent trade from 1973 to 2006 until VNU Media, the parent company of Billboard, took over in 2006, up until its final issue in 2009.

R R 15th Anniverery Tape

R&R’s Best of The First 15 Years, Side 1

R&R’s Best of The First 15 Years, Side 2

What is going on here? I have been digging through My Collection of photos, news clippings and other documents from my 35 years in radio. The daily postings began on May 19, 2011. The Collection can be sorted:

By radio station: KPUG • KJRB • KJR • KZOK • KQFM • KOMO • KJR-FM

By year: 1961 • 1963 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972
1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1994

1 Adam April 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

Cool stuff Norm. Interestingly enough, I actually had a couple issues of R&R from 2000 or 2001(I forget which year) for a while, I haven’t had them since like 2002 though.

I also had one of the R&R directories they put out every so often as well. The story of how I got them is kind of cool though; back in like 2000/2001 I was interested in going into the radio buisness and when I was in high school, I got a chance to job shadow one of the DJ’s at KPLU FM(the Pacific Lutheran University station).

I won’t mention any names, but the guy I got to job shadow was a nice guy, and before I left, I noticed the issues of R&R and the R&R directory sitting in the DJ’s office(I went in there because I left some things in there that I brought with me and went back in there to get them before I left).

I asked nicely if he needed the magazines and the directory for anything, and he said he didn’t, so he let me keep the magazines and the directory. I wish I still had them because they were pretty cool keepsakes of my jobshadowing.

Although in later years I did buy a couple copies of old Broadcasting Yearbooks and an old M Street Radio Directory from Borders, Barnes and and I think Amazon as well. They were pretty good deals because they were used; although, even if they were used, they’re still pretty cool.

2 Norm Gregory April 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

Thanks for the story Adam . . .

Reminds me of my first personal contact with local radio.

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