Thursday, June 12, 2014

AT40, September 18, 1982 [Part 3 of 8]

I recently celebrated a birthday and as a gift received a set of 4 LPs and cue sheets from American Top 40 program #823-12, which was intended for broadcast during the weekend of September 18-19, 1982.  We've already checked out the first hour of the show (side 1A and side 1B) and today we move on to the second LP.

At the beginning of this program, Casey thanks Lee Sherwood for hosting AT40 during the previous week.  Sherwood filled in for Casey twice: March 27 and September 11, 1982.  Other substitute hosts in 1982 were: Mark Elliott (July 17 & October 2) and Bob Eubanks (January 9).  I'm a Casey fan, but I'd love to hear one of the Eubanks shows.

Complete cue sheets for this episode are available here.  For reasons of time, AT40 would occasionally shorten songs by removing a chorus or verse, so with each song, I'll give a comparison of the single time to the approximate playing time the song received on AT40 that week. Each side includes 3 segments, which include Casey and music followed by national ads, and space for local ads.


Hour 2: Casey recaps Kim Carnes' previous trip to the Top 40, "Draw of the Cards" reached #28 in 1981.

#31: "Voyeur" by Kim Carnes (peaked at #28): single length 4:01/AT40 playing time 3:52

We're told that the next artist originally wanted to be a Broadway actress, but after failing 50 different auditions, she turned to singing.  Here's her debut single:

#30: "Gloria" by Laura Branigan (peaked at #2): 4:50/3:52

Casey teases an upcoming story about a former member of the Eagles whose hobby is collecting and restoring classic cars.  "Details coming up."

Another 30 second Activision ad for the video game cartridge Pitfall, the third ad for that particular game thus far during this episode. The Pitfall ad is followed by a 30 second ad for sugar free Certs Silver (with a glistening drop of Retsyn, whatever that is), followed by 60 seconds of time reserved for local ads.


The next song is the 59th(!) appearance by the Queen of Soul on the pop chart, with 32 of those in the Top 40, and 14 made the top 10.

#29: "Jump To It" by Aretha Franklin (peaked at #24): 3:58/4:04

Casey comes through on his earlier tease by telling the story of Randy Meisner's car collections: 23 restored classic automobiles and 50+ model cars.

#28: "Never Been in Love" by Randy Meisner: 3:36/3:36

30 second "Valley Girl"-inspired ad for new raspberry-flavored Bubblicious gum (like, totally!), followed by 90 seconds for local ads.


"Leaping nine big notches," this song is the biggest mover in this week's countdown:

#27: "Big Fun" by Kool & The Gang (peaked at #21): 3:48/3:41

Listener question tease: a listener in Wisconsin wants to know how many groups are named after cities.  More than a dozen have reached the Top 40 and four have reached the top spot:  "a group named for Gotham, one named for Tinseltown, one for the Windy City, and one for a town on Saginaw Bay.  Details coming up."

30 second ad for Haggar Bodyworks (tagline: "Don't wear it if you don't mean it."). 90 seconds allotted for local ads and 10 seconds for station ID.

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