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Author Topic: Mike Love Helps Open Top 40 Museum in Chattanooga - Video (Nov '18)  (Read 315 times)
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« on: February 01, 2019, 11:51:21 AM »

Here's some press video of the ribbon-cutting for a Top 40 (radio) Museum in Chattanooga TN, from November 2018. About 20 minutes worth of the ceremony, Mike's speech, Mike talking about the first 3 HOF inductees (Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, Casey Kasem), and a clip of the band playing Wouldn't It Be Nice later that night in concert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOkR8Z9QAts

First thing I thought was "Why is a Top-40 radio museum and Hall Of Fame located in Chattanooga Tennessee?". It's not the first region I think of in terms of the history of Top-40 radio, but then again I still don't fully understand the R&R HOF being in Cleveland other than powerful political lobbying to build it there all those years ago, understanding the Alan Freed connection of course.

Just randomly scanning YouTube I found this video, and learned there actually *is* a Top 40 radio museum! Which is good...if done right, and if it actually gets the history of these amazing years and amazing music and personalities into the public eye. Even though the location is a little baffling. I hope they spotlight more of the giants of the genre like Real Don Steele, Jerry "The Geator" Blavat and Hy Lit from Philly, Dan Ingram and the other NYC personalities on WABC and other stations, Robert W. Morgan, the guys from WLS and CFL in Chicago, etc. A lot of fascinating history to be told in the history of AM Top-40 radio, hopefully this museum will catch on and be a presence.

As far as the clip of WIBN at the end, I don't know if Mike and possibly other band members were fighting colds or sore throats, but the vocals were pretty off that night. Mike sounded like he was losing his voice at the ceremony, maybe it was part of the same thing.

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