- I Get Weak – Belinda Carlisle
- Out Of The Blue – Debbie Gibson
- Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
- Just Like Paradise – David Lee Roth
- Father Figure – George Michael
These were my Top 5 hits exactly 30 years ago this weekend – Sunday March 20TH 1988.
WHYI Y-100 and WHQT HOT-105 were my (Miami Florida) radio stations of choice back then. Y-100 was the heritage TOP 40 radio station at the time – approaching its 15TH anniversary. (It’s still going strong today as the longest-running continuous TOP 40 radio station in North America.) HOT-105 was the new kid in town, and their strategy was to play continuous back-to-back hits during the 8-hour work day with 1 or 2 long commercial breaks per hour and no deejays. They played their biggest hits frequently – about every 90 to 120 minutes around the clock. That strategy ultimately failed, and HOT-105 flipped to Urban Contemporary later in 1988 – a format that’s been wildly successful for them over the past 30 years.
I abandoned mainstream TOP 40 radio at the start of 2002 (going electronic dance) – returned early on in 2004 – and then abandoned it for good during the Summer of 2006 (upon my salvation).
This upcoming Monday night I’ll present my TOP 10 current hits – God’s music on the radio.
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