History of Top 40 Radio
According to producer Richard Fatherley, Todd Storz was the inventor of the format, at his radio station KOWH in Omaha, Nebraska. Storz invented the format in the early 1950s, using the number of times a record was played on jukeboxes to compose a weekly list for broadcast. The format was commercially successful, and Storz and his father Robert, under the name of the Storz Broadcasting Company, subsequently acquired other stations to use the new Top 40 format. In 1989, Todd Storz was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
From the 1980s onwards, different recording formats have competed with the 45 rpm vinyl record. This includes cassette singles,CD singles, digital downloads and streaming. Many music charts changed their eligibility rules to incorporate some, or all, of these.
Some disc jockeys presenting Top 40 and similar format programs have been implicated in various payola scandals.
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