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WDRC Swinging 60 Survey - May 23, 1960

Big D began airing contemporary music in the months leading to the format change on August 18, 1960. The survey pictured to the left is from May 23, 1960 and listed the top pop records of the week. Thanks to Gene Knight, the owner, for supplying it. The pictured deejays are Ron Landry, Art Johnson, Jerry Bishop and Jim Raynor.

One unsolved mystery is the date the first Swinging 60 Survey was issued.

In its earliest years as a pop music station, WDRC was unusual in that it featured a sixty song playlist. When WDRC began airing contemporary music there wasn't a very large library relative to the amount of music available today.

The Swinging Sixty provided diversity for listeners and made the station a haven for record promoters. Big D had a reputation for breaking new hits. Intense competition from WPOP made Hartford an important market for record companies to try out new acts. If a single made a Hartford playlist, it was on the way nationally.

Not only were weekly playlists distributed in record stores, but for many years they were also published each week in The Hartford Courant, The Hartford Times or The New Britain Herald.

For the record, the last WDRC Swinging Sixty Survey was issued May 15, 1967. The first WDRC Hit Parade Survey was issued May 22, 1967. On October 28, 1968 the first WDRC Big D Big Sound Survey was issued. That title was dropped altogether in the playlist issued October 20, 1978. Year-end lists were printed in the newspaper, appearing as Hartford's Best Selling Sixty through 1969; after that they were listed as Hartford's (100) Best Selling Songs.

Big D Big Sound Survey for the week ending July 2, 1971

The Big D Big Sound Survey for the week ending July 2, 1971 (above) noted an important change in the way songs charted at WDRC.

Click on the following links for a sampling of WDRC music surveys; be advised that they are large graphic files and will take some time to load.

May 23, 1960 (front) (back) July 24, 1961 (front) (inside)
March 3, 1962 January 15, 1963
September 14, 1964 April 26, 1965
June 13, 1966 August 29, 1966
May 22, 1967 September 2, 1968
January 4, 1969 March 13, 1970
May 14, 1971 August 13, 1971
December 22, 1972 September 28, 1973
November 1, 1974 October 24, 1975
September 24, 1976 August 26, 1977
October 20, 1978 February 2, 1979
February 9, 1982  
WDRC FM Solid Gold Hit Parade-December, 1986 Pt. 1 2 3 WDRC FM Solid Gold 300 of 1992 #1-150 #151-300
Top Records of 1961 Top Records of 1962
Top Records of 1963 Top Records of 1964
Top Records of 1965 Top Records of 1966
Top Records of 1967 Top Records of 1968
Top Records of 1969 Top Records of 1970
Top Records of 1971 Top Records of 1972
Top Records of 1973 Top Records of 1974
Top Records of 1975 Top Records of 1976
Top Records of 1977 Top Records of 1978
 
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