Issue #170 - Boss Jock Bill Wade encourages you to call the Bossline with your requests.
Humble Harve just loved "All Along the Watchtower." He'd play it every night and talk it up big.It was a big deal that "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" were No. 1 for a third week. This was rare in those days. By the way, KHJ always faded out "Hey Jude" right after the orchestra kicked in during the singalong portion, right after McCartney screams "Jude, Jude, Judy."
I checked and there were only three records to hold No. 1 for three weeks in 1968 ("Love Is Blue" and "Honey" were the other two). Thirteen records were No. 1 for two weeks and eighteen records were No. 1 for one week. KHJ was at its highest turnover rate just about now. The gradually longer runs on the survey would begin in 1969.
And here's a story about the Bosslines. Sometime back in 1966 my parents went out on a Saturday night to play Bridge and my brother and I got the urge to hear "Wild Thing" by The Troggs. The Boss Jock said to call the Bossline with your requests so that's what we did ... about twenty times.A few weeks later the telephone bill arrived. Busted. Either they didn't have a Valley Bossline at the time or we didn't know it. My stepmother was screaming something about "toll calls." My brother and I had never heard of such a thing but we learned about it real quick. So Boss Radio could be educational as well as entertaining!
For as much as I listened to KHJ, I can't recall a single time when I called the Bossline. For that matter, I'm not sure I ever tried to call in for a contest, although it seems that I MUST have at some point.
I gave up calling the Bossline for requests after the episode I described. I did like to try to figure out the contests where they gave clues. I'd write down the clues as they were given or during the "clue reviews." Never had any luck but it was fun.
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