Thanks to former WTMA DJ and Production Director John Burwell for these scans of actual WTMA 45s and an explanation of how WTMA's records were categorized and labeled in the Early and Mid 1970s.
Left label: Top - the time of the intro (before the vocal) in seconds; Middle - total time; Bottom - how the record ended.
Right label: Current rotation position letter (I do not remember what the # was about.)
A = Hot rotation: Kirk Varner said they repeated every 90 minutes - I thought I remembered it being 2:15, but I could be wrong. It was the top 10.
B= Medium rotation: Basically numbers 11-36. Note the time restriction on Grand Funk’s "Some Kind of Wonderful (3pm to 6am). The word "grey" found underneath the letter B meant it was too "soul sounding" to play back-to-back with a soul record.
C = Recurrents: Songs no longer in the top 40, still too popular to quit playing. Note that the Johnnie Taylor record is a DJ copy - with a "plug side".
D = New stuff: One per hour - usually 4 new songs per week.
Thinking about recurrents;
they, of course, were the ones we got the most tired of, because we played
over and over them for months and months and months and...
Also in my top 10 was "Hotel California" by the Eagles.
I'll bet you have your own list.
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