Remember the Radio DJ Who Commuted Between Chicago and Dallas To Work On Two Radio Stations Daily?

Mr Pop History – It’s amazing with today’s technology – you can do a radio show from your house. Back in October of 1990 – R&B DJ Tom Joyner celebrated FIVE years commuting between mornings at KKDA-FM (K-104) in Dallas and afternoons at WGCI-FM, Chicago.

At first, it was five days a week, but Joyner, who lived in Texas, began to do his WGCI-FM Chicago show from a sister station in Dallas – twice a week. Joyner, who was nicknamed “Flyjock” – became an expert on commuter travel: “People think my worst time for traveling would be winter, but there are actually more problems in spring and early summer because of the electrical storms that can completely shut down an airport.”

These days, Tom Joyner does a popular syndicated morning show – heard on many stations – from a single location!

Gary West @ mrpopculture.com and www.mrpophistory.com

Rap/Hip Hop And Loading Up Tracks With Guest Rappers – You Always See “Featuring.” Pop Culture History.

Mr. Pop History – As far as I can trace, this trend, which still continues, began with the 1990 album, “Fear of a Black Planet.” A Public Enemy album, it featured Big Daddy and Ice Cube as guests. That was over 20 years ago.

Complete solo albums in hip hop and rap are not all that common. This, because of the practice of loading up guest rappers.

Gary West – www.mrpopculture and www.mrpophistory.com

When Did Compact Discs Begin To Outsell Cassette Tapes? Pop. Culture. History.

Mr. Pop History – 1990 was the last year cassette tapes outdid Compact Discs in prerecorded music sales – 48.4% for cassettes vs. 42.5% for Compact Discs. From there – it was downhill.

Of course today – Compact Discs are starting to become passe. It’s getting around the 50% level – as compared to downloaded music.