“American Top 40″ Deja Vu
Do you remember the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day", starring Bill Murray? In the film Bill Murray's character, a TV weatherman named Phil Connors, would wake up to Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" playing on his clock radio...everyday. The day kept repeating. Phil experienced the previous day's events exactly as they were the day before and believed he was experiencing "deja vu".
We had our own "deja vu" recently on 98.7 WFGR. If you tuned in to "American Top 40" with Casey Kasem on Sunday, June 28th from 8 am-12 Noon or 8 pm-12 midnight, you heard Casey count down the top 40 songs in the nation on that weekend back in 1980.
Then, the following Sunday (the 4th of July holiday weekend) when you tuned in...and again you heard Casey count down the songs from June 28, 1980.
Last weekend, many of you anxiously turned on your radio, or listened through our 98.7 WFGR app, to a rebroadcast of the late Mr. Kasem countdown America's favorite songs from another weekend back in the 80s. However, you once again it was the broadcast from June 28, 1980.
That's right...for three weeks in a row our computer decided to treat us to some "deja vu" and played the same exact show!
Sure there were some great songs in the countdown on the weekend of June 28th back in 1980. Songs like "Funkytown" by Lipps, Inc., "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" by Billy Joel, Gary Numan's "Cars", and "Call Me" from Blondie... but enough is enough already!
Good news! We have given our computer a good swift kick, screamed a few choice words at it, and pounded on some of it's keys -- and we think we have the problem solved!
That means this week when you tune in on Sunday -- from 8 am-12 Noon or 8 pm-12 Midnight -- you will hear a different show! This week we go back to a rebroadcast from July 20th, 1985 and listen to Casey introduce us to the "American Top 40".
Songs in the countdown this week include: John Parr's theme to the movie "St. Elmo's Fire", "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams, Dead or Alive's "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)", and "Raspberry Beret" by Prince.
Tune in on Sunday to find out just where those songs fall in the "American Top 40 Countdown". And we promise this show will only air THIS Sunday! (Now if we can just get our computer to agree and cooperate!)