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    Mid 1980s KEGL

    While going through some old reels, I have been listening to an uncut recording of KEGL from the mid 1980s. It's three hours worth on a 7" reel and after listening to side 1, there was not a single song by a female artist in the first 90 minutes. Surely there were female rockers back then that would have fit the format? Here's side 1 of the reel:


    1. Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
    2. Winner Takes It All - Sammy Hagar
    3. Your Love - Outfield
    4. Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
    5. Take Me Home - Phil Collins
    6. I'll Be Alright Without You - Journey
    7. Meet Me Halfway - Kenny Loggins
    8. I Want A New Drug - Huey Lewis & The News
    9. I Will Be There - Glass Tiger
    10. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
    11. This Is The Time - Billy Joel
    12. If She Would Have Been Faithful - Chicago
    13. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
    14. Unknown
    15. Naughty Naughty - John Parr
    16. The Finer Things - Steve Winwood
    17. Tonight She Comes - Cars
    18. I Wanna Go Back - Eddie Money
    19. Life In The Fast Lane - Eagles
    20. I Know What I Like - Huey Lewis & The News
    21. Midnight Blue - Lou Gramm
    22. In The Heat Of The Night - Bryan Adams
    23. Mandolin Rain - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
    24. In The Way That You Use It - Eric Clapton

    I'll post a list of side 2 when I get to it.

    R
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    What jumped out at me was the lack of any urban/R&B crossover.

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    I remember someone saying a long time ago that KEGL left that stuff to KISS 106.

    R
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Bass View Post
    While going through some old reels, I have been listening to an uncut recording of KEGL from the mid 1980s. It's three hours worth on a 7" reel and after listening to side 1, there was not a single song by a female artist in the first 90 minutes. Surely there were female rockers back then that would have fit the format? Here's side 1 of the reel:


    1. Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
    2. Winner Takes It All - Sammy Hagar
    3. Your Love - Outfield
    4. Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
    5. Take Me Home - Phil Collins
    6. I'll Be Alright Without You - Journey
    7. Meet Me Halfway - Kenny Loggins
    8. I Want A New Drug - Huey Lewis & The News
    9. I Will Be There - Glass Tiger
    10. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
    11. This Is The Time - Billy Joel
    12. If She Would Have Been Faithful - Chicago
    13. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
    14. Unknown
    15. Naughty Naughty - John Parr
    16. The Finer Things - Steve Winwood
    17. Tonight She Comes - Cars
    18. I Wanna Go Back - Eddie Money
    19. Life In The Fast Lane - Eagles
    20. I Know What I Like - Huey Lewis & The News
    21. Midnight Blue - Lou Gramm
    22. In The Heat Of The Night - Bryan Adams
    23. Mandolin Rain - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
    24. In The Way That You Use It - Eric Clapton

    I'll post a list of side 2 when I get to it.

    R

    Looking at a random week's playlist from KEGL during this timeframe (in this case, the week of 4/3/1987), there were only 2 true female acts out of 36 records, Patty Smythe "Never Enough" at #25 and Bangles "Walking Down Your Street" at #27. That would have been light rotation and those records may have only played a couple of times a day at that point in time.

    That same week, adult-leaning KTKS had Madonna "La Isla Bonita" at #4 (KEGL would at it two weeks later), Aretha Franklin "I Knew You Were Waiting" at #8 (again, added at KEGL two weeks later), and the Bangles at #9. And that was just KTKS' top ten.

    On KHYI that week, Madonna was top ten, along with Expose "Come Go With Me" and Donna Allen "Serious" - neither of which were ever added at KEGL.

    There were female rockers - just not a lot of them. The majority of female acts on the top 40 had a distinct pop/dance lean. Madonna was big enough that KEGL was forced to eventually play her records, albeit begrudgingly so. And the Aretha record was a big impact record, but never made it into KEGL's top ten.

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    Interesting information, thanks! I'll try to get side 2's playlist up later tonight.

    R
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    I'm not sure if side 2 of this reel was recorded on the same day as side 1. Here's side 2:

    25. (I Just) Died In Your Arms - Cutting Crew
    26. The Finer Things - Steve Winwood
    27. Dance - Ratt*
    28. If She Would Have Been Faithful - Chicago**
    29. Midnight Blue - Lou Gramm
    30. New Years Day - U2
    31. If She Would Have Been Faithful - Chicago***
    32. Walking Down Your Street - Bangles
    33. Mandolin Rain - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
    34. Never Say Goodbye - Bon Jovi
    35. Jacob's Ladder - Huey Lewis & The News
    36. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins###
    37. I Will Be There - Glass Tiger
    38. Kyrie - Mr. Mister
    39. Can'tcha Say/Still In Love - Boston
    40. Something About You - Level 42
    41. I Wanna Go Back - Eddie Money
    42. The Final Countdown - Europe
    43. Open Arms - Journey
    44. Unknown
    45. Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House
    46. Live To Tell - Madonna
    47. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship


    Battle of the Hits *
    Battle of the Hits Challenger**
    Battle of the Hits Champion***

    ### Not the original version with soft first half. Sounds similar to https://soundcloud.com/rezedits/in-t...feel-it-rework

    R
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    Sounds like Eagle 97 was still doing "Rock 40" in 1985.

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    Out of that entire list all I consider listenable is:

    Steve Winwood
    U2
    Bangles
    Level 42
    Madonna

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    I got bored with side 1 after the Cutting Crew song and I felt side 2 was slightly better except for the repeat play of that Chicago song. Yeah, yeah I know that's how Battle...Hits worked. I found another reel that had about 20 or so minutes of KEGL from that same time frame that I thought was much better and I'll post a list when I can.

    R
    LEGENDARY 80S INTERNET RADIO
    ***RETURNING IN 2017***

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Bass View Post
    36. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins###

    ### Not the original version with soft first half. Sounds similar to https://soundcloud.com/rezedits/in-t...feel-it-rework

    R
    This is probably the "Ben Liebrand Remix." It was used on "Miami Vice" during this time in 1987 and was played on many CHRs and Dance-Leaning CHRs at the time.

    https://youtu.be/rHfOP0UB4es

    Any chance that you can share the KEGL airchecks at some point? I've liked their use of JAM jingles during this time.

    Robyn

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