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WCFL Surveys 1965-1976 Paperback – March 12, 2009

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John Celarek has been a big fan of WCFL since the 1970's. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1985 and a Certified Management Accountant since 1993. He spends his spare time listening to top 40 music from the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's. He has been married to his wife Carol for over 25 years and has three kids, Adam, Laura and Graham. He resides in north suburban Chicago with his vast supply of WCFL memorabilia and airchecks.
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  • Paperback: 828 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434361314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434361318
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,247,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The problem with self-publishing is there's no editor to suggest improvements. In this case, this book is crying out for at least one index. You cannot look up a record by artist or by song title, because all you have are week-by-week playlists. That means it's interesting if you want a list of songs that WCFL was playing on your birthday or anniversary, or the week you graduated from high school. If you want to know which songs by the Beach Boys or by Petula Clark or by Sam & Dave made it onto 'CFL's airwaves, good luck.

The book is more than 800 pages long, but there's a lot of wasted white space on each page. With better layout it could have been indexed without adding any pages. The appearance of each page is so bleak it makes a telephone directory look exciting by comparison.

In addition, these are not scanned, photographed, or photocopied surveys, either. The text has been either typed or put into a word processor, so all photos and graphics are missing.

The author has included a list of WCFL disc jockeys, with varying amounts of biographical information, generally limited to when that person was on WCFL. There is at least one glaring omission, however: where is Jim Runyon? It was on his morning drivetime show that Chickenman was created, along with Amazon Ace. Then there was his traffic reporter (later his wife) Trooper 36-24-36. She also did all the female voices on Chickenman.

There's a mostly alphabetical list of songs allegedly played by other Chicago stations but not by 'CFL. Two Paul McCartney songs are tacked on at the end of the list, seemingly as an afterthought. This would suggest the list was not created in a database program, where re-alphabetizing the list would be quick and easy.
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I grew up in Chicago listening to 'CFL so this book is a must read. Every survey is included and the bios on the jocks is great. My only dissapointment is after reading just a few pages, it is obvious that no one did a proofread before publishing. There are many misspelled words and the small print department on all the surveys omits the last few words (owned and operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor).
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Good reference. Would have given it 5 stars if all info (front and back of surveys) had been included. Also each week the survey was a different color, but this book is all black and white.
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