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There were others, and they are represented on this site. But for
sheer competition and showmanship, The Big 99
and Famous 56 were the market leaders.
Philadelphia had some of the best radio in America (if not the world). WIBG
and WFIL's influence on most "Top 40" stations of the day was very apparent.
Of course, starting in 1966 (History of WFIL), WFIL made "The Pop Explosion" a household phrase in the Philadelphia area and was extremely
inflential on other stations in other cities.
Philadelphia was also the city where "American Bandstand" originated, making it
very influential insofar as what music
other stations around the country played.
The "City of Brotherly Love" also had some of the best known talent in the business
at one time or another. See our
Boss Jock Info page for a list of some of the "greats".
You can also get more WFIL info, airchecks
and jingles here.
It's an excellent resource!