It’s probable you’ve never heard Bootleg Top-40, the album in Howard’s hands. It wasn’t a conventional LP. It was a recording of airchecks–short snippets of disk jockeys talking over the intros and outros of top-40 hits. The actual songs were inconsequential. Once the disk jockey stopped talking the track cut to the next element.
I was just getting started on-the-air when this album arrived. This was disk jockey porn! It was a collection of impressive jocks to
rip off emulate… and I did.
I committed it to memory! I can still recite all the lines from WAKY’s Bill Bailey or KCBQ’s Rich “Brother” Robin along with dozens of others.
Like nearly everything else Bootleg Top-40 has found its way to the Internet. If you enjoyed listening to top-40 radio in the 70s (or want to hear what it was like) it’s worth a click.