Introducing David Craft, author of Top 40 Radio 1955-1975: A Fanboy’s Tribute to the Hits, Misses and Forgotten Gems

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David Craft, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, has been a professional journalist for 40 years. While earning his journalism degree, he hosted his own Top 40 oldies show on the campus radio station. Prior to that he worked in the retail and wholesale record business for 12 years. He is the author of six other non-fiction books, mostly about baseball, and a member in questionable standing of a loose-knit group of retired broadcasters and radio engineers calling themselves the Microphonies, who meet once a month to swap stories and reminisce about the people they’ve known and the radio and TV stations around the country where they worked. Some of their stories are even true.

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Book description…

Explore the rich history of Top 40 radio. Millions of people grew up listening to Top 40 hits on the radio, a format that drew from multiple styles of music to create a soundscape mirroring the diverse nature of its listening audience. Whether you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, you’ll enjoy taking a step back in time to visit cherished old friends in Top 40 Radio 1955-1975: A Fanboy’s Tribute To The Hits, Misses And Forgotten Gems-a book that spotlights the songs and artists representing the Top 40’s richest years. The author includes thousands of songs he would play if he had his own “oldies” show today as he tips his cap to the disc jockeys all across the country who spun these songs for three decades!

Introducting Don Friesen, author of Memories: Mostly True

“I have just published my first book and experienced some technical computer challenges because of my inept computer literacy. However, my Outskirts Press Consultants were always very patient and helpful. So, if any of you first-time authors are having any doubts, go ahead and pull the trigger. There is help for you.”

Don Friesen is a retired elementary school principal and former avid mountain climber and runner. Don lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife Nancy. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.


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No man, said one of the Greeks, loves his city because it is great, but because it is his.

How can one begin a worthwhile story without the immortal words Once upon a Time? My Once upon a Time is set in the 1940s and fabulous ’50s, a time where our world was being redefined by a post-war economic boom, all the while remaining true to the universal and unchanging plights and endeavors of humanity that will forever remain untouched by the passage of generations. It is a story of my boyhood in Thomas, Oklahoma, from my earliest childhood memories all the way through high school graduation. And like my world at the time, my story both uniquely defines me and simultaneously reflects my mere commonality to all mankind. Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” implies that everyone and everything will ultimately be forgotten: “Nothing beside remains…” It is this espousal that should compel those of us who have stories to tell, and each of us does, to write them down, to pen them into timeless monuments to the past and heralds to the future before they escape into the mists of history. As we age, our treasured memories age with us . . . evolving into greater and greater historical and personal significance, but fading and calcifying as time marches on. Napoleon said that geography is destiny. I hope you’ll find within these pages that mine was a blessed destiny . . . one each of us can find some relic to share in and relate to as I recount endearing times at home with my family, adventures with my brothers, and infamous school day escapades with my classmates who helped carry the 40’s and 50’s into the memories of our hearts.