|Our thanks to Rob Durkee, author of American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century, for this recording of his interview with Larry Marino on KIEV, Los Angeles, on November 26, 1999.|
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. . . Ron Jacobs was the guy behind the scenes . . .
American Top 40, the radio program co-founded in the 1960's by host Casey Kasem and producer Don Bustany, developed a winning formula of countdown and commentary that has influenced all the "top ten" hits shows since. In American Top 40: The Countdown of the Century, the true story of the show's development and growth into the most popular radio show in the country is told through the people who made it happen.
Durkee writes of one his "life's most inspirational moments" in January, 1995 "when Ron Jacobs, who 25 years earlier helped kick-start the show, walked into the announcing booth ... At that moment, I said to myself, 'I've got to write a book about this show'.."
American Top 40: Countdown of the Century (Schirmer, ISBN 0-02-864895-1) is available from online book sellers, in stores, or call 1-800-776-6265. (January 29, 2000)
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