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Dick Fatherley proposes postage commemorating the father of Top40 radio

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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 this way:

"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.

Sincerely yours,

WHB Tribute Site Richard W. Fatherley
Box 172114
Kansas City, Kansas 66117-1114

Richard Fatherley passed away on March 8, 2010.


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