The Actual Letter
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a quickie by Ricky
Your COMMENTS regarding Richard Fatherley's proposal are encouraged. If you think it's a great idea, let us know. If you wouldn't support a commemorative stamp for Todd Storz, tell us why.
But please remember that this forum won't make anything happen. In his letter, Dick outlines the
procedure that could make a difference - but that's only if you follow through.
April 16, 2003
Dear Uncle Ricky:
With the purchase of WTIX in New Orleans by Todd Storz
in 1953, the year 2003 represents the 50th anniversary of the
start-up of Top40 radio programming.
When Todd and his dad purchased WHB in Kansas City in
1954, Top40 really took off with WHB becoming the Top40
programming model for radio pioneers like Gordon McLendon.
Broadcasting & Cable for December 20, 1999, put it
"Gordon McLendon was a radio pioneer who recognized early on
the possibilities of niche formats. He used his radio group
to test those formats in the 1960s, including helping popularize
Todd Storz's idea of combining lists of the day's top records
with colorful disc jockeys, which became Top 40 . . .
Todd Storz is the father of Top 40 radio"
So, where do we go from here?
How about a commemorative postage stamp for issuance in
2004? After all, Todd Storz and his radio group were responsible
for changing the sound of radio in the United States forever.
A good way to begin is to petition your U.S. Representative
and U.S. Senators to contact Terrance W. McCaffrey, Manager of
Stamp Development for the United States Postal Service, to urge
his associates on the Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee to issue
such a stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Top40 radio.
He may be contacted at 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 5670,
Washington, D.C. 20260-2435. His telephone number is 202-268-6576.
Richard W. Fatherley
Kansas City, Kansas 66117-1114