Radio & Records was founded as a newspaper in 1973 by Bob Wilson and Robert Kardashian. The first issue was published on October 5, 1973. It remained an independent publication until August 2006, when VNU (the parent company of Billboard) bought it, but kept the name Radio & Records. The publication officially folded with the issue dated June 5, 2009.
This book contains every single to make the Rock/Pop/CHR/Top 40 charts of every issue from 1973-2009. If you want to know the FULL STORY on Top 40 radio charts from 1973-2009, this is the ONLY place to find it. The Rock/Pop chart ranked the top songs each week, based on radio playlists from around the U.S.A. By 1981, the term Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) was used for the first time to describe the music played on popular “Top 40” radio stations. The charts continued to use the “CHR” term for the rest of the run. Slowly but surely, the publication could tout itself as “The Industry’s Newspaper” and was the primary trade publication among radio programmers and disc jockeys. Because the charts were based strictly on airplay, programmers could use them as a more accurate way to program their own stations. The charts were used for popular radio countdown shows hosted by Rick Dees, Dick Clark and (eventually) Casey Kasem.