(I put this message on the board devoted to 1950-60s oldies radio and realized it should probably go here too)
At age 51, I am old enough to remember when Drake-Chenault had its automated "Hit Parade" format on hundreds of radio stations from coast to coast in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I always thought that was a terrific format, and I wish we had it today (Maybe I'm weird, but I always preferred automated stuff which just gave the music, to the ongoing yak-yak of DJ chatter between songs).
I grew up in Seattle, and heard "Hit Parade" as a kid on both KIRO-FM 100.7 in Seattle and KFKF-FM 92.5 in Bellevue. KFKF also later carried Drake-Chenault's "Solid Gold" automated format.
I have been pleased to find a few GREAT audio samples of Hit Parade on the Web, One is at www.bossradioforever.com/hitparade68.mp3
. Another is at www.reelradio.com/gifts/dcdemos.html
But I am wondering if anyone is also familiar with another automated format of the 1970s that was called "Olde Golde." It was produced by a company called Draper-Blore (I assume that is longtime broadcast consultant Chuck Blore). I also enjoyed that format, which I heard on KISM-FM 92.9 in Bellingham, Wash. All I can find out about it on the web is that it also was carried on WDZ in Decatur, Ill., and WBNQ in Bloomington, Ill.
I would love to hear some old airchecks with that format. Anyone know where some might be circulating?