WPTR, WSNY, and WTRY Radio Stations Weekly Music Charts Collection, 1968-1976
SC23348

Quantity:  4 Boxes (0.75 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Gift: Jeanne Kolva, Highland Park, New Jersey, October 2015
Processed By: PJ Nastasi, Senior Librarian, Manuscripts and Special Collections

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a series of leaflets issued by three commercial broadcast radio stations – WPTR, WSNY, and WTRY – located in the Capital District (Albany-Schenectady-Troy) of New York State from the late-1960s through the mid-1970s. The charts rank the top songs/musical recordings of a week. The leaflets sometimes included information about the station's schedule, programs, and on-air personalities.

These weekly song charts provide a snapshot of popular music tastes from 1968 to 1976, as tabulated by the radio stations. WPTR claimed that its chart, dubbed the Music Power Survey, represented “the relative popularity of records in the Quad-City [sic] area conditioned by such factors as listener requests, local record sales and industry tabulation.” WSNY bragged that its chart, Foremost Music Guide, was “the universal, most complete music guide for the Capital District.” WTRY called its chart The Big Sound Survey. All three charts ranked songs on a week-by-week basis, showing where the song was on the chart during the current week and where it had ranked the previous week.

Since the charts frequently carried advertising of local businesses, they not only act as a vignette of popular music in the United States between 1968 and 1976, but also provide insight into local history during that time.

The leaflets are arranged chronologically by radio broadcast station:

  • WPTR (Box 1, Folders 1-65);
  • WSNY (Box 1, Folders 66-100; Box 2, Folders 1-19);
  • WTRY (Box 2, Folders 20-75; Boxes 3 and 4)

Box and Folder List

BOX

FOLDER

Station

Day

Month

Year

For the week beginning:

1

1

WPTR

18

OCT

1968

1

2

WPTR

22

NOV

1968

1

3

WPTR

13

DEC

1968

1

4

WPTR

20

DEC

1968

1

5

WPTR

27

DEC

1968

1

6

WPTR

03

JAN

1969

1

7

WPTR

10

JAN

1969

1

8

WPTR

17

JAN

1969

1

9

WPTR

26

JAN

1969

1

10

WPTR

02

FEB

1969

1

11

WPTR

09

FEB

1969

1

12

WPTR

16

FEB

1969

1

13

WPTR

23

FEB

1969

1

14

WPTR

02

MAR

1969

1

15

WPTR

09

MAR

1969

1

16

WPTR

16

MAR

1969

1

17

WPTR

23

MAR

1969

1

18

WPTR

30

MAR

1969

1

19

WPTR

06

APR

1969

1

20

WPTR

13

APR

1969

1

21

WPTR

20

APR

1969

1

22

WPTR

27

APR

1969

1

23

WPTR

04

MAY

1969

1

24

WPTR

11

MAY

1969

1

25

WPTR

18

MAY

1969

1

25

WPTR

18

MAY

1969

1

26

WPTR

23

MAY

1969

1

27

WPTR

01

JUN

1969

1

28

WPTR

08

JUN

1969

1

29

WPTR

15

JUN

1969

1

30

WPTR

22

JUN

1969

1

31

WPTR

29

JUN

1969

1

32

WPTR

20

JUL

1969

1

33

WPTR

27

JUL

1969

1

34

WPTR

03

AUG

1969

1

35

WPTR

17

AUG

1969

1

36

WPTR

31

AUG

1969

1

37

WPTR

28

SEP

1969

1

38

WPTR

12

OCT

1969

1

39

WPTR

02

NOV

1969

1

40

WPTR

09

NOV

1969

1

41

WPTR

16

NOV

1969

1

42

WPTR

23

NOV

1969

1

43

WPTR

30

NOV

1969

1

44

WPTR

14

DEC

1969

1

45

WPTR

11

JAN

1970

1

46

WPTR

08

NOV

1970

1

47

WPTR

15

NOV

1970

1

48

WPTR

22

NOV

1970

1

49

WPTR

29

NOV

1970

1

50

WPTR

06

DEC

1970

1

51

WPTR

13

DEC

1970

1

52

WPTR

20

DEC

1970

1

53

WPTR

03

JAN

1971

1

54

WPTR

10

JAN

1971

1

55

WPTR

17

JAN

1971

1

56

WPTR

24

JAN

1971

1

57

WPTR

28

FEB

1971

1

58

WPTR

14

MAR

1971

1

59

WPTR

21

MAR

1971

1

60

WPTR

28

MAR

1971

1

61

WPTR

04

APR

1971

1

62

WPTR

15

FEB

1975

1

63

WPTR

23

FEB

1975

1

64

WPTR

15

MAR

1975

1

65

WPTR

04

MAY

1975

1

66

WSNY

15

DEC

1968

1

67

WSNY

22

DEC

1968

1

68

WSNY

29

DEC

1968

1

69

WSNY

05

JAN

1969

1

70

WSNY

12

JAN

1969

1

71

WSNY

19

JAN

1969

1

72

WSNY

26

JAN

1969

1

73

WSNY

02

FEB

1969

1

74

WSNY

09

FEB

1969

1

75

WSNY

16

FEB

1969

1

76

WSNY

23

FEB

1969

1

77

WSNY

02

MAR

1969

1

78

WSNY

09

MAR

1969

1

79

WSNY

16

MAR

1969

1

80

WSNY

23

MAR

1969

1

81

WSNY

31

MAR

1969

1

82

WSNY

06

APR

1969

1

83

WSNY

13

APR

1969

1

84

WSNY

20

APR

1969

1

85

WSNY

27

APR

1969

1

86

WSNY

04

MAY

1969

1

87

WSNY

11

MAY

1969

1

88

WSNY

18

MAY

1969

1

89

WSNY

25

MAY

1969

1

90

WSNY

01

JUN

1969

1

91

WSNY

08

JUN

1969

1

92

WSNY

22

JUN

1969

1

93

WSNY

29

JUN

1969

1

94

WSNY

03

AUG

1969

1

95

WSNY

17

AUG

1969

1

96

WSNY

31

AUG

1969

1

97

WSNY

14

SEP

1969

1

98

WSNY

28

SEP

1969

1

99

WSNY

05

OCT

1969

1

100

WSNY

02

NOV

1969

2

1

WSNY

09

NOV

1969

2

2

WSNY

16

NOV

1969

2

3

WSNY

23

NOV

1969

2

4

WSNY

30

NOV

1969

2

5

WSNY

07

DEC

1969

2

6

WSNY

14

DEC

1969

2

7

WSNY

21

DEC

1969

2

8

WSNY

28

DEC

1969

2

9

WSNY

11

JAN

1970

2

10

WSNY

25

JAN

1970

2

11

WSNY

01

FEB

1970

2

12

WSNY

08

FEB

1970

2

13

WSNY

15

FEB

1970

2

14

WSNY

22

FEB

1970

2

15

WSNY

8

MAR

1970

2

16

WSNY

15

MAR

1970

2

17

WSNY

22

MAR

1970

2

18

WSNY

29

MAR

1970

2

19

WSNY

03

MAY

1970

2

20

WTRY

14

JUN

1968

2

21

WTRY

12

JUL

1968

2

22

WTRY

06

SEP

1968

2

23

WTRY

25

OCT

1968

2

24

WTRY

15

NOV

1968

2

25

WTRY

06

DEC

1968

2

26

WTRY

24

JAN

1969

2

27

WTRY

31

JAN

1969

2

28

WTRY

07

FEB

1969

2

29

WTRY

21

FEB

1969

2

30

WTRY

28

FEB

1969

2

31

WTRY

07

MAR

1969

2

32

WTRY

21

MAR

1969

2

33

WTRY

28

MAR

1969

2

34

WTRY

04

APR

1969

2

35

WTRY

18

APR

1969

2

36

WTRY

25

APR

1969

2

37

WTRY

02

MAY

1969

2

38

WTRY

09

MAY

1969

2

39

WTRY

16

MAY

1969

2

40

WTRY

04

JUL

1969

2

41

WTRY

11

JUL

1969

2

42

WTRY

01

AUG

1969

2

43

WTRY

08

AUG

1969

2

44

WTRY

05

SEP

1969

2

45

WTRY

03

OCT

1969

2

46

WTRY

17

OCT

1969

2

47

WTRY

31

OCT

1969

2

48

WTRY

14

NOV

1969

2

49

WTRY

05

DEC

1969

2

50

WTRY

02

JAN

1970

2

51

WTRY

16

JAN

1970

2

52

WTRY

23

JAN

1970

2

53

WTRY

 27

FEB

1970

2

54

WTRY

06

MAR

1970

2

55

WTRY

13

MAR

1970

2

56

WTRY

17

APR

1970

2

57

WTRY

08

MAY

1970

2

58

WTRY

13

JUN

1970

2

59

WTRY

26

JUN

1970

2

60

WTRY

08

AUG

1970

2

61

WTRY

18

SEP

1970

2

62

WTRY

23

SEP

1970

2

63

WTRY

23

OCT

1970

2

64

WTRY

13

NOV

1970

2

65

WTRY

27

NOV

1970

2

66

WTRY

11

DEC

1970

2

67

WTRY

18

DEC

1970

2

68

WTRY

20

MAY

1973

2

69

WTRY

18

JUN

1973

2

70

WTRY

09

JUL

1973

2

71

WTRY

30

JUL

1973

2

72

WTRY

10

SEP

1973

2

73

WTRY

01

OCT

1973

2

74

WTRY

08

OCT

1973

2

75

WTRY

15

OCT

1973

3

1

WTRY

22

JUL

1974

3

2

WTRY

29

JUL

1974

3

3

WTRY

12

AUG

1974

3

4

WTRY

19

AUG

1974

3

5

WTRY

26

AUG

1974

3

6

WTRY

02

SEP

1974

3

6a

WTRY

09

SEP

1974

3

7

WTRY

16

SEP

1974

3

8

WTRY

23

SEP

1974

3

9

WTRY

30

SEP

1974

3

10

WTRY

07

OCT

1974

3

11

WTRY

14

OCT

1974

3

12

WTRY

21

OCT

1974

3

13

WTRY

28

OCT

1974

3

14

WTRY

04

NOV

1974

4

1

WTRY

11

DEC

1974

4

2

WTRY

25

FEB

1975

4

3

WTRY

04

MAR

1975

4

4

WTRY

11

MAR

1975

4

5

WTRY

25

MAR

1975

4

6

WTRY

08

APR

1975

4

7

WTRY

15

APR

1975

4

8

WTRY

28

APR

1975

4

9

WTRY

05

MAY

1975

4

10

WTRY

12

MAY

1975

4

11

WTRY

19

MAY

1975

4

12

WTRY

02

JUN

1975

4

13

WTRY

09

JUN

1975

4

14

WTRY

16

JUN

1975

4

15

WTRY

23

JUN

1975

4

16

WTRY

30

JUN

1975

4

17

WTRY

07

JUL

1975

4

18

WTRY

14

JUL

1975

4

19

WTRY

21

JUL

1975

4

20

WTRY

28

JUL

1975

4

21

WTRY

02

AUG

1975

4

22

WTRY

18

AUG

1975

4

23

WTRY

25

AUG

1975

4

24

WTRY

30

AUG

1975

4

25

WTRY

02

SEP

1975

4

26

WTRY

09

SEP

1975

4

27

WTRY

16

SEP

1975

4

28

WTRY

23

SEP

1975

4

29

WTRY

30

SEP

1975

4

30

WTRY

11

OCT

1975

4

31

WTRY

18

OCT

1975

4

32

WTRY

25

OCT

1975

4

33

WTRY

01

JAN

1976

4

34

WTRY

29

JAN

1976

4

35

WTRY

02

FEB

1976

4

36

WTRY

16

FEB

1976

4

37

WTRY

09

MAR

1976

4

38

WTRY

16

MAR

1976

4

39

WTRY

23

MAR

1976

4

40

WTRY

30

MAR

1976

4

41

WTRY

04

APR

1976

4

42

WTRY

19

APR

1976

4

43

WTRY

26

APR

1976

4

44

WTRY

17

MAY

1976

4

45

WTRY

24

MAY

1976

4

46

WTRY

31

MAY

1976

4

47

WTRY

07

JUN

1976

4

48

WTRY

14

JUN

1976

4

49

WTRY

21

JUN

1976

4

50

WTRY

27

JUN

1976

4

51

WTRY

12

JUL

1976

4

52

WTRY

22

JUL

1976

4

53

WTRY

29

JUL

1976

4

54

WTRY

05

AUG

1976

4

55

WTRY

12

AUG

1976

4

56

WTRY

17

AUG

1976

4

57

WTRY

24

AUG

1976

4

58

WTRY

31

AUG

1976

4

59

WTRY

07

SEP

1976

4

60

WTRY

14

SEP

1976

4

61

WTRY

21

SEP

1976

4

62

WTRY

30

SEP

1976

Last Updated: September 27, 2019