Throughout this site, there are links to examples of AT40 paperwork throughout the years. On this page is a summary and a brief explanation of all those items and a few new ones.
AT40's Replay of the first show on its 5th anniversary (July 1975)
To celebrate the show's 5th anniversary, AT40 replayed the very first show from 1970. To inform program directors, they included this memo with the show.
Debbie Gibson as Guest Host
This letter explains that Debbie Gibson will be filling in for Shadoe on the 6/24/89 show.
AT40's change to CD from vinyl
On July 1, 1989, AT40 was available on CD on the 1st time. AT40 sent a letter to radio stations about the change. Each show was 4 CDs in length, with each CD containing an hours' worth of content. Eventually, CDs replaced vinyl completely.
In 1990, "The Humpty Dance" was in the top 40, and the song contained lyrics that some stations found inappropriate for their station. This memo to stations told how to edit the song out of the countdown.
Disney World Show 1991For a few years in the early 1990s, AT40 was recorded at Disney World for Grad Night. This letter lets affiliates know about the show in 1991.
AT40 Chart Change 1991
For the December 14, 1991 show, a letter was included that explained that AT40 was now using a different chart.Station ID Memo, 1992
This memo lets affiliates know about new opportunities for the stations to insert their local ID into the show.
AT40 included artist interview clips on cds during the latter part of the original show's run (see below). This memo introduces them to radio station program directors.
New Jingles Package
On the shows 22nd anniversary, AT40 began using new, "hip" jingles. This memo was sent to program directors informing them of the change.
AT40 sometimes did "generic" promos for the show that could be used anytime. This memo highlights one such occurrance.
America's Top Hits Changes
Starting in 2003, "America's Top Hits" was sent to stations as a separate cd. This memo explains the changes.
In order for AT40 to play correctly on the radio, station engineers had to know exactly what was contained on the AT40 recording. Included with each show was a set of cue sheets, which lists in detail each segment of the show and the playing time of each track. These sheets also indicated how much time the station had to play commercials in between each segment of the show.
From late May 1992 throug the end of its original run, AT40 included more interview clips from artists in the show. AT40 also made these interview clips available for stations to use outside of the show. The interviews were included as separate tracks on a cd, and the cue sheets included the text of the clip as well as a possible introduction to the clip. This way, a station could act like a DJ was interviewing the artist.
Proof of Play Affidavit
Radio station personnel also had to communicate back to AT40s owners and let them know that they did play the show. One way they could do this is by sending a proof-of-play affidavit.
A Letter to AT40
Samples of the various charts AT40 have used are posted on this page (no complete charts are listed)
Samples of the script cards and other info cards used by the AT40 staff.
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This page last updated 18 December 2016