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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (February 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452050384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452050386
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pete Battistini was born in Gary, Indiana in 1955. Thirteen years later he picked up his first radio station record survey ? a Top 40 listing of WLS? (Chicago) Hit Parade. This lead to a fascination with artist and music variety typically found in Top 40 radio and in Top 40 countdowns. In 1971, Battistini heard Casey Kasem?s American Top 40 for the first time and was instantly captivated. He has accumulated one of the largest collections of American Top 40 memorabilia, including an AT40 promotional poster seen here that he obtained from former WICB (Ithaca, New York) general manager Gene Hallahan. His enthusiasm for Casey Kasem?s radio show carried over into a desire to document AT40 program information, the 1970s in particular. Much of that data is presented in this text. Additions, changes or suggestions to this text are welcomed by the author. Contact Pete Battistini at at40@aol.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By FrankoSport on June 16, 2010
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The book, while full of tidbits about each of the shows in terms of production, does -NOT- have the lists of the specific 40 biggest songs of any given week. That was a major disappointment.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott N. Burton on March 19, 2005
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I started listening to "American Top 40" in May of 1974-When I heard that Pete Battistini was coming out with a book chronicling the first 10 years of the show's existence,I knew I had to pick it up-This book is divided into three sections-Part 1 lists a brief recap of every "AT 40" program from July 1970 to December 1979-Part 2 lists every station,foreign or domestic,that carried the show at one time or another-Part 3 & my favorite part of the book,is Pete's recollection of hearing "AT 40" for the first time in 1971 & then trying to find a station in his hometown of Indiana that carried the show-It was also a treat to see reproductions of ads for "AT 40" that originally appeared in the pages of Billboard magazine-All in all,this is a book that every fan of "AT 40" should have in their collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt on March 8, 2005
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If you listened to Top 40 radio during the 1970's, chances are you heard the syndicated program "American Top 40" (at one time or another). As an avid fan of the show and a close friend to those involved with it, author Pete Battistini does an excellent job giving minute facts about every single American Top 40 program from July, 1970 to December, 1979. Along with this are reprints of trade advertisements and company memos for the show at various points in time, as well as reflections from people who were either connected to the show, or felt a connection to it, including the author himself. It's a great source of information and trivia that really encapsulates what went into producing the first syndicated program of its kind.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven W. Lape on April 7, 2010
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Being a big American Top 40 fan while growing up in the 1970s, I was pleasantly surprised to hear about this book being available. I really enjoyed reading Pete Battistini's memories about his developing love for pop music during the 60s & 70s, for it triggered many happy (and sometimes, like Pete, frustrating) memories in seeking out AT40 and becoming more familiar with the pop artists & their songs, not to mention the fun trivia about their backgrounds. I even became a "chart-aholic" in following AT40 beginning in 1979, when I started keeping track of the top 40 hits for each week in notebook form. I have heard dozens of AT40 shows from the 70s, and I'm glad I was able to read the basic outlines of what was featured on each broadcast beginning with the first AT40 show from July 4th, 1970 (listing things like what artists & their stories aired on each 70s program, commercials, special segments, etc.) I also enjoyed reading brief reflections from AT40 founders such as host Casey Kasem, Tom Rounds, and Don Bustany, as well as looking at many old 70s AT40 ads, memos, and other collectibles interspersed throughout the book. Battistini did a fine job in putting all of this together. I recommend this to any 1970s AT40 fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wentworth on January 13, 2011
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Greetings!

First of all: there are a lot of reviews here that have been carried over from the 70's book, and as of this writing the "Look Inside" feature is also carried over from the 70's book. But this is indeed the 1980's sequel book--I ordered from this page and got my book today.

If you have the 70's book, there's not a whole lot more I have to say...Pete Battistini applies his unique format of weekly recaps, fan memories and historical material--trade ads, internal memos, radio station hit lists, etc-- to the 1980-'88 time period (through Casey Kasem's final episode).

If you were a fan of "American Top 40" in the 80's I am certain the book will bring back some great memories...and if you are approaching this subject for the first time I would also recommend (as Pete does) the Rob Durkee "American Top 40" book, which offers an outstanding history of the program's creation and eventual downfall. The Durkee book combined with Pete's two immaculately researched volumes will give you the complete story in words and pictures of a true radio classic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tripp Rogers on August 9, 2005
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This is a great book for the true radio geek. Rob Durkee's book combined with this one gives you a real close look into one of the true radio success stories of the 70's and 80's. Flipping thru the pages - I was reminded of my days running AT40 at WDIF in Marion, OH. If you ever board-op'ed AT40, you will love this. If you are not a 'radio insider', buy the Durkee book - it tells the story better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellery on October 1, 2013
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Although this book is crammed with nostalgia and tidbits of trivia about AT-40,I was highly dissapointed the first time I picked
It up and did a quick thumbing through.I was totally expecting a list of each week's top 40 and the trivial stories that accompanied each hit.Instead we are provided a short list of notes that tell us casey told a story concerning the artist or song
(a song that's not even named).
This book is really not a book for AT-40 fans, it's a scrapbook for people in the radio business.Really,because it's loaded with letters to the local stations.I can't imagine there would really be a very large audience for this book unless one would use it as a guide if you had access to the actual program recordings.
So,if I had to do it all over again,I would have use my birthday money on something else!
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